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1 COR. XV. 58. Therefore my beloved Brethren, be ye stedfafft
, unmoveable, always abounding in the Work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your Labour is not in vain in the Lord,
HIS Day He, who was Vol. II.
deliver'd for our Offences, Preacb'd T
rose again for our Justi-on Eafterfication ; this Day was ful-day.
fill'd that of the Royal 25. Psalmist, Thou wilt not leave my Soul' in Hell; neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy one
Vol. II.to lee Corruption. This Day our Lord,
who had before defeated all Temptations, and baffled the Malice, Subtilty, Activity and Force of Satan, triumph'd over. Death itself. Ah! how much greater was lie, than all the Conquerors either before or after Him, which the World fallly calls Great ? They conquer*d by Policy and Force, he by Humility and Suffering ; their Conquest wrought the Destruction, his the Salvation of Mankind; they, when they had fillid the World with Defolation and Blood, became at last themselves a Prey and Spoil to Death and the Grave. This Victory of our Lord is matter of inexpressible Joy to us, for there is such a
close Connection between hiş ResurrectiEph. i 6. on and ours, that we are said to be rais'd
together with him, and to fit together with
him in Heavenly Placis; and no wonder, Johxiv. 2. for he tells us himself, I go to prepare a
Place for you ; and St. Paul tells us, that Beb. vi. He is enter'd into Heaven for us as our
Forerunner;, and we are every where
assurd, that if we tread in his Steps we 2 Tim. ji shall partake of his Glory ; that if we
fuffer with him, we fhall also reign with
him ; that, if we die to Sin and to the Coloff. ii.
World, and rise with him by Newness of Life, when he shall appear, ive ello faalt
appear with him in Glory." How natural Ser. III. then is the Exhortation of my Text, which is built upon this Supposition, or rather on this Doctrine establish'd on uncontestable Evidence? Therefore my Beloved Brethren, &c.
In the Text we have Two Parts.
First, The Reward reserv’d for Christi
ans at the last Day, for as much as
Secondly, The Inference that is to be
deduced from it, Therefore my Be-
First then, Of the Reward reserv'd far Christians. Here are two Things that offer themselves to our Consideration.
1. The greatness of it, for this Expression, That your Labour is not in vain in the Lord, is what they call a Meiosis, and imports, that they shall receive a full Recompence, an unspeakable and unconceivable Reward. The same way
Vol. II. of speaking is us’d by this Apostle in
ver. 10. of this same Chapter, where he fays his Grace(God's) which was bestow'd upon me was noi in vain, which he thus immediately explains in the following Words, But I labour'd more abundantly than they all
2. The Certainty of it, for as much as you know. He does not say you think, or you hope; but you know, you are fure, you are fully convinced and perfwaded of this Truth, by clear, full and unanswerable Arguments. In difcoursing of both these Properties of a Future Reward, I will not go about to lay before you all that the Scripture has furnish'd me with, but will confine my felf to the Chapter of my Text. .
1. Of the Greatness of this Reward; this the Apostle makes to consist in two Things, the Resurrection of the Body, and the necessary Consequences of it. It
will be impossible for us to form a full Hon and adequate Notion of that Happiness
which thie Résurrection of the Body imports, For it does not yet appear what we shall be ; however, I will attempt it in some degree, by taking a short View of those Truths which the Apostle here suggests to us. Such are,