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Death Swallowed Up in Victory.

Death Swallowed Up in Victory.

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GEORGE PAXTON YOUNG, A.M,



" So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."— 1 Cor. xv. 54.
GEORGE PAXTON YOUNG, A.M,



" So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."— 1 Cor. xv. 54.

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DEATH SWALLOWED UP I VICTORY. GEORGE PAXTO YOUG, A.M, " So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."— 1 Cor. xv. 54. '' It is appointed unto men once to die." Such indeed was not our original destiny. Had our first parents retained their integrity, the power of death would not have ex- tended to them or their posterity. But "by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin ; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.'' Some of the human race, like buds nipped in the moment of their formation, are cut off in infancy ; some, like leaves which a violent storm shakes from the tree while they are still green, fall in the freshness and verdure of youth ; some are spared to a ripe autumnal age, or even till they reach the wintry period of grey hairs ; — but all die sooner or later. Whatever diversity there may be among men in the cir- cumstances of their lives, one grave receives them univer- sally in the end : — -just as a multitude of rivers may be imagined running towards a great ocean, and exhibiting the utmost variety in their volumes, in the length of their courses, in the character of the regions through which they flow, in the degree of smoothness or impetuosity with DEATH SWALLOWED UP I VICTORY. 137 which they pursue their way, in the utility and fertilising qualities of their waters, and in other respects ; but they all terminate at last, and are alike lost, in the ocean. Death spares no class, rich or poor, high or low, learned or unlearned. A heathen poet has said, and said beautifully,
 
" It knocks with impartial foot at the cottage of the pea- sant and the palace of the king." The good die equally with the bad. Genius gives no exemption from the com- mon fate. The arrows of the destroyer smite those who stand on the pinnacles of glory as well as those whose walk is unnoticed and obscure. A Plato, a Milton, and a ew- ton have passed away even as others ; they have dropped, like falling stars, from the firmament where they shone ; and the place that knew them, knows them no more. While death is thus inevitable, it is likewise, on several accounts, naturally formidable and appalling to the mind. Here, however, an important distinction must be made. To a wicked man there is nothing to counterbalance or mitigate its terrors, but to a Christian there is much ; for Jesus has " brought life and immortality to light through the gospel/' By his decease, burial, resurrection, and ascension, he has consecrated the tomb and afforded his people at once an example and a pledge of the triumph wdiich they shall obtain over the last enemy. To cheer them in the dark valley they have such precious declara- tions as these, "Because I live, ye shall live also;" "Where I am, there shall also my servant be ;" " We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens;" and once more, in the text, "Death is swallowed up in victory." In the further prosecution of this subject, I shall first mention a few of the circumstances that give death the formidable and appalling character which it naturally has; and then point out the manner in which the power and K 188 MISCELLAEOUS DISCOURSES. sting of these are removed in the case of God's people.
 
And may the Holy Spirit direct us in speaking and hearing ! May our minds be duly solemnised, and our thoughts ordered aright, while we meditate on a subject of such deep moment ! I. 1. First of all then, among the circumstances which give death a formidable and appalling character, I would mention the violent separation of soul and body, with the dissolution of the latter. The Scriptures in speaking of the human frame describe it as " curiously wrought,'' and again as " fearfully and wonderfully made." The body is indeed a piece of work- manship of an amazing kind. When we look at it simply as a machine in which every thing desired is accomplished in the most perfect way ; when we consider the variety of ends to be served by its different parts, the delicacies of contrivance used to effect these, and the manner in which each part brings about its own purpose without interfering with the operation of any other ; when we take into ac- count, besides this, its fitness to be a habitation for the rational soul, and reflect upon the mysterious link that unites the spiritual principle to the corporeal, upon the sympathy that subsists between these, and the way in which each reacts upon its fellow, — the destruction of the body cannot but appear to us in the light of an evil to be depre- cated. It is not, nor ever can be, a matter of indifference to us in itself, however other considerations may alter or modify our feeling — yet in itself it cannot be a matter of indifference that the earthly house of this tabernacle should be dissolved ; that an edifice built with such surpassing wisdom, with which the living soul has been so closely connected for a series of years, which has been the vehicle of its sensations, the minister of its volitions, an instrument whose strings have vibrated in unison to its every emotion, should fall to pieces, lose every vestige of the rare organi- DEATH SWALLOWED UP I VICTORY. 139

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