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The Resurrection of the Body

The Resurrection of the Body

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D.




" Knowing that He whidt raised vp the Lord Jesus shall raise us up also
ly Jesus." — 2 Cor. iv. 14.

"But some will say, HOW are the dead raised up and with what body
do they come ?" — 1 Cor. xv. 35.
REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D.




" Knowing that He whidt raised vp the Lord Jesus shall raise us up also
ly Jesus." — 2 Cor. iv. 14.

"But some will say, HOW are the dead raised up and with what body
do they come ?" — 1 Cor. xv. 35.

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THE RESURRECTIO OF THE BODYREV. UMA F. REID, D. D." Knowing that He whidt raised vp the Lord Jesus shall raise us up also ly Jesus." — 2 Cor. iv. 14. "But some will say, HOW are the dead raised up and with what body do they come ?" — 1 Cor. xv. 35. o system makes provision for the body after death, I believe, save the Christian system. A fine old theory was once taught by the classic heathen to this effect : that God was the soul of the world, and that the soul of man was an ex- cerpted part of God, that it was separated from him for a time to be reunited again by infusion at death. They illustrated their theory by a bot- tle filled with sea water and thrown upon the bosom of the sea. The water in the bottle is sep- arated from the water in the sea until by contact the bottle is broken and then a reunion takes place ; the water in the bottle becomes lost in the waves of the sea; so the soul in death is re- united to and is lost in God. o provision is made in this theory for the body. So with all other theories and systems. It is the glory and peculiarity of the Christian system to teach the resurrection of the body. The resurrection of the body is indissolubly connected with and is a consequence of the resurrection of Christ, and upon His resurrection is made to depend the
 
194 SERMOS. truth of the whole system of Christianity. Hence, in making out and establishing the doc- trine of the resurrection, and to establish the truths of Christianity, it is only necessary to prove the resurrection of Christ. And since His resurrection holds such important connec- tion to the whole system which He taught, it is necessary to establish the fact beyond all doubt. " For if Christ be not raised from the dead, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain." I am glad that the proof is furnished in propor- tionate magnitude with the subject. ow, it is agreed by all parties, that Christ lived at the time it is alleged that He did. Pro- fane historians speak of Him. It is also agreed that He was put to death. Infidels admit this. It is also agreed that He was missing from the tomb in which He was laid, on the third morning. o dispute about that. The great point in dis- pute, the great matter of contention, is the man- ner of His departure. The enemies of Christ have labored long and hard to prove that He was taken away from the tomb by human contrivance, for they very well understand, that if they over- turn the doctrine of His resurrection the whole system falls to naught. ow, there were three ways only in which He could have left that tomb — He was either taken away by His enemies, or by His friends, or by His THE KESURRECTIO. 195 own power as God He arose. If we show that He was not taken away by His enemies, or His
 
friends, then it follows that He arose. His ene- mies did not take Him away — they say they did not — but charge His friends with having stolen the body. Besides, as proof conclusive, if they had taken Him away they would have produced the body in the prosecution of the Apostles, to have convicted them of falsehood when they preached that He had risen. They would have gloried in an opportunity of that character. This, however, was not on any occasion done. Yery well ; we allege that his friends did not steal Him away. The only evidence that they did, is the testimony of the soldiers who guarded the tomb — and that testimony refutes itself. They said that whilst they slept His disciples came and stole Him away. I am not going to dwell long upon their testimony. You are familiar with the argument for its refutation. It has fre- quently been put to you in this wise : they were either asleep or awake. If asleep, how did they know who stole Him away ? or that He was stolen away at all? Suppose a witness shall testify in open court that an occurrence took place whilst he was asleep. Why, he would be hissed out of court. They were not asleep, then, if they could testify that He was stolen ; and, if they were awake, why did they allow it? Is it a probable 196 SERMOS. story that sixty armed men could be overpowered by a little band of disciples unarmed, and a few women ; yes, a few women, for when mercy had forsaken the court, and pity had fled from the bosom of the High Priesthood, and all men turned against Him — there were a few women who dared to feel, and weep, and lament loudly, as

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