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the Cafe, I think, far different betwixt our Sa•viour and those to be raised at the Last Day.
1. His Body faw not Corruption, and therefore to give him another Body, new moulded, mixed with other Particles, which • were not contain'd in it as it lay in the Grave, whole and intire as it was laid there, had been to deftroy his Body, to frame a new one without any need. But why with the remainning Particles of a Man's Body long fince diffolved, and moulder'd into Duft and Atoms, (whereof poffibly a great Part may have under gone variety of Changes, and entered into other • Concretions even in the Bodies of other Men) other new Particles of Matter mixed with them, may not serve to make his Body again, as well • as the mixture of newand different Particles of • Matter with the old, did in the Compass of his • Life make his Body; I think no Reason can ⚫ be given.
THIS may serve to fhew, why, though the Materials of our Saviour's Body were not changed at the Refurrection; yet it does not C follow, but that the Body of a Man, dead and rotten in his Grave, or burnt, may at the laft Day have feveral new Particles in it, and that without any Inconvenience. Since what• ever Matter is vitally united to his Soul, is his Body, as much as is that, which was united to it when he was born, or in any other part of his • Life.
2. In the next Place, the Size, Shape, Figure and Lineaments, of our Saviour's Body, even to his Wounds into which doubting • Thomas put his Fingers and his Hand, were to
be kept in the raised Body of our Saviour, the fame they were at his Death, to be a Conviction to his Difciples, to whom he fhewed himself, and who were to be Witneffes of his Resurrection, that their Master, the very fame Man was crucified, dead and buried, and raised again; and therefore he was handled by them, and eat before them after he was rifen, to give them in all Points full Satisfaction, that it was really he, the fame and not another, nor a Spectre or Apparition of him: Though I do not think that your Lordship will thence argue, that because others are to be raised as he was, • therefore it is neceffary to believe, that because he eat after his Refurrection, others at the laft Day fhall eat and drink after they are rais⚫ed from the Dead; which feems to me as good an Argument, as because his undiffolved Body was raised out of the Grave, just as it there lay. entire, without the mixture of any new Particles; therefore the corrupted and confumed Bodies of the Dead at the Refurrection shall < be new framed only out of these scattered Par<ticles, which were once united to their Souls, without the leaft mixture of any one fingle Atom of new Matter. But at the last Day when all Men are raised, there will be no need to ⚫ be affured of any one particular Man's Refur<rection. 'Tis enough that every one shall ap
pear before the Judgment Seat of Chrift, to receive according to what he had done in his Life; but in what fort of Body he fhall appear, • of what Particles made up, the Scripture hav
ing faid nothing, but that it will be a fpiritual Body raised in Incorruption, it is not for me to • determine.'
THE next Inftance given by the Vicar, p. 232. is, And fo we are told that the Graves were opened, and many Bodies of Saints that Slept, arofe, and came out of the Graves, after Chrift's Refurrection, and went into the Holy City, to wit, the City of Jerufalem, and appeared unto many. Matt. xxvii. 52. On which Text let the fame learned Author be heard. (r)
In the New Teftament, fays he, (wherein I think, are contained,all the Articles of the ChriStian Faith) I find our Saviour and his Apostles to preach the Refurrection of the Dead, and the Refurrection from the Dead, in many Places; but I do not remember where the Refurrecti⚫on of the fame Body is fo much as mentioned. Nay, which is very Remarkable in the Cafe, I do not remember in any Place of the New Teftament, (where the general Refurrection at the laft Day is fpoken of) any fuch Expreffion as the Refurrection oft he Body, much lefs of the fame Body.
I SAY the general Refurrection at the laft Day; because where the Refurrection of fome particular Perfons, prefently upon our Saviours Refurrection, is mentioned, the Words are, The Graves were opened, and many Eodies of Saints, which flept, arofe, and came out of the Grave after his Refurrection, and went into the Holy City, and appeared to many; of which peculiar way of speaking of this Refurrection, the Paffage it felf gives a Reafon in thefe Words, appeared to many, i. e. Those who Jept appeared, fo as to be known to be ri fen, but this could not be known, unl fs they
(r) His Works. Vol. 1. p. 484.
brought with them the Evidence, that they were those who had been dead, whereof there were these two Proofs; their Graves were opened, and their Bodies not only gone out of them, but appear'd to be the fame to thofe who had known them formerly alive, and ⚫ known them to be dead and buried; For if they had been those, who had been dead fo long, that all who knew them once alive were now 6 gone, those to whom they appeared might have known them to be Men, but could not have known they were rifen from the Dead, ⚫ because they never knew they had been dead. All that by their appearing they could have known, was, that they were fo many living • Strangers, of whofe Refurrection they knew nothing. 'Twas neceffary therefore, that they 'fhould come in fuch Bodies, as might in Make and Size, &c. appear to be the fame they had be fore, that they might be known to thofe of their Acquaintance whom they appeared to. And 'tis probable, they were fuch as were newly Dead, whofe Bodies were not yet diffolv'd and diffipated; and therefore 'tis particularly faid here (differently from what is faid of the general Refurection) that their Bodies arofe: because "they were the fame, that were then lying in their Graves, the Moment before they arofe.
THE Vicar's 3d. Inftance is, And our Savi• our us❜d it as an Argument to fear God more than Man, that they are able only to kill the Body, but after that have no more that they can do; • but he hath power to caft Body and Soul into Hell Fire. But as that Text makes no mention of the Sameness of the Body, it has nothing in it to our Opponent's Purpose.
HIS 4th. Inftance, too is as much befide the the Bufinels, And he, Chrift, told the Sadducees who denied the Refurrection, that they erred not knowing the Scriptures, nor the Power of God. Matt. xxii, 29. Mark xii. 24. And if they might have known that there was to be a • Refurrection of the Body from the Scriptures of the Old Teftament; much more may we from the Scriptures of the New Teftament, where we have it more frequently and plainly delivered · to us.'
As if theError of theSadducees had been their dif belief of the Refurrection of the fame Body; whereas their Error was in holding there was no Refurrection of the Dead at all; and that our Saviour's Anfwer was not to convince them of the Refurrection of the fame Body, is evident, by his Inftancing Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob, as rifen from the Dead; which could not be intended of their Bodies, for they (upon this Opponent's own Principles) were not to be raifed again till the general Refurrection at the laft Day.
BUT the Vicar backs his Inftances with thefe Words, And the Power of God is fufficient to answer all the Objections that can be brought from human Reafon and Philofophy, against the poffibility of it. And he is Faithful who has promised to do it, and as he is able will undoubtedly do it. Heb. x. 23.
WE neither Question the Power,nor Will of God, to do whatsoever hehath promised; but that he has any where promifed, that the fame Lödies of ours fhall be raised again at the laft Day, the Vicar has not hitherto prov'd and that he is fenfible he cannot prove it from the Writings of the New Teftament