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giving activity and quickness to the intellectual faculty, and all engaged in the sight and enjoyment and service of God, who is all, and in all, they together joint sharers of each other's bliss for ever and ever.

Should not our hearts faint to reach this bliss? should not our souls aspire after this glory? O you who are following riches, here are enduring riches! O you who are thirsting after pleasure, here are pleasures for evermore! O you who are panting after honour, by patient continuance in well-doing, here seek for glory, and honour, and immortality!

But I hasten to close with

V. THE PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENT OF THIS SUBJECT.

What does the doctrine of the resurrection teach us?

1. IT SHOULD STRENGTHEN OUR HOPE OF REGENERATION. This is the very lesson which our Lord is here drawing. You observe his argument in the verses before our text, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself: And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of Man. (John

v. 24, 25.) He then confirms this statement of his giving spiritual life, by the yet more remarkable fact of our text, the resurrection of the body, Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice. (John v. 28.) He who can raise the dead body, can also quicken the dead soul. O blessed truth! We need not preach the Saviour's power to open the graves and bring all therein to judgment, without preaching also his present ability to give you spiritual life. Desire you the resurrection of life? Remember, he that hath the Son hath life, even eternal life; and the voice of Christ sounding forth in his word, and proclaimed by his ministers, is effectual to give spiritual life. O may we find it so at this time. Lord Jesus, quicken the dead here. Give to multitudes here spiritual life. I long for the day when I shall see the symptoms of spiritual life multiply, and behold you all evidently and deeply concerned about your eternal interests.

IT SHOULD QUICKEN US TO A HOLY LIFE.

As the harvest is according to the seed sown, so is the resurrection. He that soweth to the flesh. shall of the flesh reap corruption; he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Gal. vi. 8.) Do you desire to escape the fearful resurrection of damnation; do you desire a beautiful and glorious body, and a holy and perfect soul?-then live to God now, in doing good.

When St. Paul speaks of his having hope towards God, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust, he adds, And herein do I exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence, towards God, and towards men. (Acts xxiv. 15, 16.) Often place these last scenes before your eyes; if you are becoming cold and careless in the ways of Christ, think of the resurrection day.

IT SHOULD RAISE US ABOVE WORLDLY SORROW. How peculiarly heavy were Job's sorrows and afflictions; but in the midst of them he draws comfort from this doctrine: I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. (Job xix. 25, 26.) David found similar consolation, My flesh shall rest in hope, for thou wilt not leave my soul in hell. (Psalm xvi. 9, 10.) Death is but a rest previous to the morning of the resurrection. When we lose a beloved brother in Christ, we may, and should mourn the loss, (Isaiah lvii. 1.) but we cannot sorrow even as those which have no hope; for all which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him. (1 Thess. iv. 13, 14.) The time is short-the resurrection day is at hand, when we shall again receive the dead to life.

IT ILLUSTRATES ALL GOD'S PERFECTIONS.

Now, many things are dark and obscure; we see things but in part. Wicked men seem to go

unpunished; they often have authority and power, and use it wickedly; good men are tried and afflicted, despised, and lightly esteemed; many things seem quite out of place, and Satan triumphs, and the godly mourn, and the wicked flourish. But the resurrection day will clear up things; just as the sun dispels the mists and fogs, and discovers to us the beauty of nature, so the rising of the Sun of Righteousness in the morning of the resurrection will clear up all the now hidden beauties of providence and grace. We shall discover with inexpressible clearness and distinctness, the wisdom and truth, the justice and mercy of all God's dealings, and say from the heart, He hath done all things well. (Mark vii. 37.)

IT COMPLETES THE WORK OF REDEMPTION.

In one view, that was completed when on the cross our Saviour uttered the words, It is finished. A further step in its completeness was taken when he, the first-begotten of the dead, rose from the dead. (Rev. i. 5.) The first fruits only however, of them that slept were then presented to God; but when all that sleep in Jesus are raised, then shall the last enemy, death, be destroyed, yes, swallowed up in victory, and the grand design of redemption in bringing many sons to glory, be completely accomplished.

And now, brethren, I have set these things before you, let me ask, what are your purposes?

The gospel is either a savour of death unto death, or a savour of life unto life. (2 Cor. ii. 16.) If, just excited for a moment, you leave the house of God and your seriousness is dissipated in worldly conversation, and you return to your old course again, you will be more hardened than ever and farther from God, and more likely to perish with the wicked, than if the gospel light had never beamed upon you. I beseech you, every one for your own sake, for my sake, for the Saviour's sake, let not this be the sad end of our labours, no, not to one soul among you.

But if, on the other hand, this all important subject lead any hitherto careless to inquire, What must I do to be saved; I proclaim in their ears, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts xvi. 30, 31.)

And as to you, my Christian brethren, may this subject quicken every spiritual affection in your hearers. May you say and feel with the Apostle, I count all things but loss for Christ, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Phil. iii. 8, 10.)

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