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come the firstfruits of them thy loss is but for a short moment.

Christ is risen ! The dead in Christ that slept. For since by man

shall follow him in his resurrection came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made 23 Let not your patience reary. alive. 23 But every man in This short life ended, you shall me his own order: Christ the again. firstfruits ; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he mus reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed 27 Christ made all things, and is is death. 27 For he hath put Lord of all things. Death therefure all things under his feet. But could not hold him captive. when he saith, All things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall 28 When death shall be swallowed be subdued unto him, then up in victory, Jesus shall give up his shall the Son also himself be mediatorial office, and shall stand

forth himself-God only-the eversubject unto him that put all

lasting Father-God “all in all.** things under him, that God

29 It is in this hope that at baptist may be all in all.

we are taught to believe in a risana what shall they do which are Saviour, who will raise the dead. baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all ? why are they then baptized for the dead? and why stand we in jeopardy every hour ? " I protest by

31 I daily jeopard my life for the your rejoicing which I have Gospel sake. in Christ Jesus our Lord, I 32 Without this hope, we night ss die daily. ** If after the man

well at once adopt the heathen

belief in a future state of recompens. ner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not ? let us eat and drink; 33 How many perish from evil esfor to morrow we die. 3 Be ample ! not deceived : evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not ; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou 36 St. Paul now illustrates, by a fool, that which thou sowest very plain yet apt comparison, his is not quickened, except it former reasoning. die : and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain : but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased

29 Else


him, and to every seed his 39 He proceeds to meet the philosoown body. 39 All flesh is phical objections which mere worldly not the same flesh : but there learning opposed to the doctrine,

and shews their weakness. is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial : but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars : for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption : it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is

44 He defies the philosophic doubter raised in power : " it is sown to deny his conclusion. The seed is a natural body; it is raised confessedly sown—“ bare grain.” It a spiritual body. There is

is raised up, evidently, a beauteous

plant. So, though man's body una natural body, and there is a dergoes corruption, as the seed corn spiritual body. And so it is the power which raises the written, The first man Adam one can raise the other. was made a living soul ; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy : the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have

49 Jesus took his raised body into borne the image of the earthy, heaven. Thither shall our glorified we shall also bear the image bodies also ascend. The promise is of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Behold, I shew you a mys- 51 The Sadducees and many of the tery ; We shall not all sleep, false philosophers taught the miserbut we shall all be changed, able and awful doctrine, that death in a moment, in the twinkling was an eternal sleep *. of an eye, at the last trump : for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,



* The clouds and shadows of heathen ignorance obscured the truth : Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness, revealed it. (Mal. iv. 2.)


Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin ; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my


58 Christian ! the work of the Lord loved brethren, be ye sted- is “ to do his will in an honest and fast, unmoveable, always a- true heart" by faith in the Lord Jebounding in the work of the sus Christ. In that, abound. His

word will guide, his Spirit comfort Lord, forasmuch as ye know you. Your labour then cannot be in that your labour is not in vain. vain in the Lord.


FEB, 4, JUNE 2, Oct. I. Now concerning the collec- 1 That is, for the Christian brethtion for the saints, as I have ren in Judæa. given order to the churches 2 As Jesus rose from the dead ea of Galatia, even so do ye.

the first day of the week, that day * Upon the first day of the has, upon apostolical authority, beca

observed as the Christian Sabbath. week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

And when I come, whomsoerer ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia : for I do pass through Macedonia. And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. For I will not see you now by the way ; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

9 St. Paul's long residence in the For a great door and effec- great city of Ephesus afforded a wide tual is opened unto me, and field for his exertions in preaching there are many adversaries.

the Gospel Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. 11 Let no man therefore des

11 Timothy was young. But his pise him : but conduct him commission to preach the Gospel inforth in peace, that he may

vested him with ample authority. come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren : but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have con

venient time. 13 Watch ye,

13 An animating charge to the solstand fast in the faith, quit diers of the Cross. you like men, be strong. 14 Yet let not zeal overstep your i. Let all your things be done charity or mutual good will. with charity. 151 beseech 15 The family of Stephanas early you, brethren, (ye know the received the Gospel. house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) that ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and labour

17 What anxiety, that nothing which eth. "I am glad of the com- prudence and forethought could suping of Stephanas and Fortu- ply, be wanting ! natus and Achaicus : for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. For they have refreshed my spirit and your's: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such. The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss. 21 The salutation of me

21 The letter itself, though dictated Paul with mine own hand. by the Apostle, was written by the If any man love not the Lord hand of others; the salutation by

the hand of Paul himself. Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

The first epistle to the Corinthians was written from Phi

lippi by Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus, and

Timotheus. How instructive and interesting to trace the progress of the Church in its early days !-days long past, yet bearing with their memory much to strengthen our faith and confirm our hope. The same Providence which sustained the Apostles and their churches then, sustains the ministers of Christ and the people committed to their charge novo.

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FEB. 5, JUNE 3, Oct. 2. an apostle of Jesus · A salutation, equally pious, affecChrist by the will of God, tionate, and instructive. and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia : Grace be


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to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 who comforteth us in all 4 If we attain not the Apostle's our tribulation, that we may consolations, it is that we seek Hot be able to comfort them which the Apostle's God. are in any trouble by the comfort, wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

5 All the christian's sufferings, from the sufferings of Christ a- those of the martyr at his stake, to bound in us, so our consola- the pain of self-denial in his daily tion also aboundeth by Christ. pensed by the consolation which

walk of life, are more than recon. * And whether we be afflicted, aboundeth in Christ. it is for your consolation and 6 St. Paul's example may well connsalvation, which is effectual fort and animate others. in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer : or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life : but we had

. Their daily exposure to persert: the sentence of death in our- tion unto death, led them to trust in selves, that we should not the power and mercy of their God. trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver : in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us ; ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. 12 For our rejoicing 19 What a blessed tranquillity, and is this, the testimony of our firm courage does a good consciente conscience, that in simplicity give ! and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; as also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus. And in this conidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; and to pass by you into Macedonia

, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judæa. When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness ? or the things that I pur

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