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disa t'i bi CORINTHIANS.

THE great apostle Paul when instructing the Corinthians, charged them, “ that they should come behind in no (spiritual) gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ—and in speaking of his being judged by men, he warns them, “ therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart; and then shall every man have praise of God." And when he gives them particular directions for partaking of the Lord's supper, he tells them that “ as often as they did eat that bread and drink that cup, they did show forth the Lord's death, till he should come.”And in his lecture on the resurrection of the body, he says, “ but every man in his own order, Christ the first fruits, afterwards they who are Christ's, at his coming—Then cometh the end, or the next great period or era.”—The apostle then proceeds to a more explicit account of the process in that day“ Behold! I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed; in a moment-in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible; and we shall be changed."

THE subject of this epistle did not lead the apostle immediately to speak of this great event, yet he incidentally mentions it, (as he constantly does on every proper occasion,( in the following verse“God hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus."

PHILIPPIANS. .

SO again here, “ 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." This must mean the first resurrection, over the subjects of which the second death will have no power, for all good and bad will at last be raised to the final judgment.

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THE Colossians are also encouraged by the same great apostle, “ that when Christ who is the Christian's life should appear, then they also should appear with him in glory."

THESSALONIANS.

AND in his epistle to the Thessalonians, he commends them for their faith God-ward, and for their turning from idols to God, and to waiting for his son from heaven whom he raised from the dead;" and then asks, “ what is his hope or joy, or crown of rejoicing?” He answers his own question, “ are not ye, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, at his coming ?”—He therefore exhorts them “ to establish their hearts unblamable in holiness before God even our father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints." --He then proceeds to give them further directions for their holy conduct in this life, and informs them that “ he would not (amidst their learning how to live here) have them ignorant'concerning their brethren who were asleep (or had died) that they (by that knowledge) might not sorrow for them, even as for others who have no hope, for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even 80 (as certainly and in like manner) them also who sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him ; for this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who are asleep; for the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch-angel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first-then we who are alive and remain, shall be caught up to. gether with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so, or then, shall we ever be with the Lord: wherefore (or on this account) comfort one another with these words”-But of (these) times and seasons, be supposes that he had no need to write, as the brethren knew perfectly as they had been before instructed fully, that the day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night; and he most devoutly prays to God, that their whole spirit, and soul and body might be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And when the Thessalonians appeared to be distressed by the various persecutions of their enemies, in which they had discovered great patience and rę. signation, he comforts them with the same language; “ and as to you who are troubled, you shall rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from

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