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The Intermediate State

The Intermediate State

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Or, State op the Soul between Death and the Resurrection.


BY H. N. MC'INTIRE, D.D.,





" And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not
the promise ; God having provided some better tiling for us, that they with-
out us should not be made perfect." — Heb. xi, 39, 40.
Or, State op the Soul between Death and the Resurrection.


BY H. N. MC'INTIRE, D.D.,





" And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not
the promise ; God having provided some better tiling for us, that they with-
out us should not be made perfect." — Heb. xi, 39, 40.

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THE ITERMEDIATE STATE Or, State op the Soul between Death and the Resurrection. BY H. . MC'ITIRE, D.D., " And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise ; God having provided some better tiling for us, that they with- out us should not be made perfect." — Heb. xi, 39, 40. o one has yet been saved in heaven : no one sent to hell. These states and conditions will not be awarded till the judgment; and it will not take place till the resurrection. " It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judg- ment." God has also " appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained." " That man " has described to us the order and awful glory of " that day." It is future — how far off, we know not. Meantime, death reigns. For six thousand years men have been dying. What of the souls of the departed? What of all who have died, and who shall die between this day and the last ? o vain or irreverent curiosity inquires here. A state so near, so certain, concerns us all. The soul would explore before entering " the land of darkness, as darkness itself." We look, we cannot help looking in that direction. That long interval between death and the  judgment, how is it spent, and where ? Reflection upon such thci^es sobers and chastens us ; brings worldly thoughts to a solemn pause ; lessens the dread of death ; introduces us to edifying communion with the things which are not seen, and kindles gratitude and love to Ilim to whom we owe these lively hopes. This chapter recites the names and deeds of lieroes and heroines of faith : their noble epitaph — " Of whom the world was not worthy." After obeying, suffering and illustrating their service, they died ; but the promise, in its fullness, was still ahead ; tlio " rest," the "heavenly country," the "city prepared by God" — all, all lay before them.
 
360 THE ITERMEDIATE STATE. o salvation is perfected under the Mediatorial dispensation, until that dispensation is consummated. The Mediator must reign till ho hath put all enemies under his feet by conversion or subjection. Death, the last enemy, must be destroyed ; his bands be broken, his pains loosed, and every grave opened and emptied. " 1 hen cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father Then shall the Son also himself be sub-  ject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." This Mediatorial sovereignty is distinct from that which he shares, as the Son, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, in the essential unity of Godhead. It was delegated for a time and a purpose. All power was given unto him, in heaven and earth ; head over all things to the church. When he has brought sons and daughters to glory — saved his church, then, except so far as his reign is with and over them, his mediatorial sovereignty may end — be merged in the original and eternal sovereignty which he has as God the Son, with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost. Patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs have gone before ; we shall overtake them ; others ua ; and the communion of saints be enjoyed in being perfected together. There are advantages in an advance position. To have " the ends of the world come upon us," is not without lis advantages. Our times are in God's hand ; he has dis- tributed and disposed of us well. Let us be thankful for the times we live in. The redeemed in Jesus Christ are one family. They bear one family name, and are bound up in one covenant and fate, from righteous Abel to the last praying, trusting, self-renouncing Christian who shall die in the Lord. " One family we dwell in him, OriB church above, beneath — Though now divifled by the stream, The narrow stream of death." Chrysostom has remarked on the text : " Still they had not re- ceived it, still they waited for it, even after they had ended their life in such tribulation. So much time had passed after their victory, and still they had not received it I And should we sigh because we stand yet in the conflict ? Hemember what is said, that Abraham and the Apostle Paul sit and wait, until thou art made perfect. Until we come, has the Saviour said, he will not give the reward to
 
THE ITERMEDIATE STATE. 361 them ; just as a tender father would say to his good sons who had finished their work, ' I will give you to eat when your brother also comes.' The Lord does no wrong to them, but he does honor to us." Of the state of the dead during the interval between death, the dissolution of soul and body, and the resurrection, when soul and body are re-united forever, the three opinions most seriously enter- tained, are : 1. An unconscious state. To one dead, time is of no note ; no- thing to mark it by : no scenes, no moving bodies, no succession of ideas. The grave is without a dial-plate. Hence, like a dream in the night, it will seem but a moment between closing the eyes in death and awaking to judgment. This cheerless theory involves a subtile distinction between real and apparent time not to be attributed to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. St. Paul's willingness to be " absent from the body," in which he was so useful to the churches and tlie brethren, was in view of the happiness — not of vital suspension, but of being " present with the Lord." The reverse was, " at homo in the body — absent from the Lord." The Apostle, in his earthly presence, was fully alive, conscious. ]Moses and Elias had been sometime dead when seen and coumiunod with on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus encouraging the dying thief — " This day," etc. — meant what he said. 2. Souls go iuiuiediately to heaven or hell. This view has many diflBcultics. For the present, hear Mr, Wesley:* "'The beggar died ' — here ended poverty and pain — ' and was carried by angels ' — nobler servants than any that attended the rich man — ' into Abra- ham's bosom ;' so the Jews commonly termed what our blessed Lord styles paradise ; the place where the wicked cease from troubling and where the weary are at rest ; the receptacle of holy souls from death to the resurrection. It is indeed very generally supposed that tho souls of good men, as soon as they are discharged from the body, go directly to heaven ;. but this opinion has not the least found- ation in the oracles of (rod Puradise is not heaven. It is indeed (if wc may be allowed the cxprt ssion) the antechamber [elsewhere,' porch'j of heaven, where tlie souls of the righteous re- main till, after the general judgment, they are received into glory." 3. A conscious interval, which all shall pass through, except those found on the earth at the second coming of Christ. There is a place

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