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we see that the Souls of the Wicked do not die yrhen the Body dies •, and if so, then the Soul cans not be said to live again: Because to live again, does suppose some sort of Life that it once did live •, and if the Soul dies not in this Sense, as the JJody dies, how then can it be said to live again "i Therefore their living again must be understood of the Body.

And it is certain also, that this cannot be referre d to a Spiritual Life, because such a Life they never had lived, being altogether Strangers, to a Life of Grace * (such as lived and died in Sin) and therefore cannot live such a Life at ..the End of the thousand Years, which before they never had lived; this then must be a Life in the Body y it being the Body that dies, it is the Body only that can be said to live again: Though it is trite they {hall not live again the fame manner of Life \vhich they had lived before •, yet they shall live again in the Body at the last Resurrection, which is all that I understand ran be meant by their living 9gain. ...

Thirdly, When the thousand Tears are finished, then it is that the res os the Dead are to live again. In what respect they are not, and how they aTe to live again, I have already expressed: It Is not a living again, in respect of the Soul, neither can, it be understood of a Life of Grace; and therefore it must be a living again in the Body (as afore) this is that Life which they shall live at the end of the thousand Years: Then shall the Body be railed out of its Grave, that so the Soul and Body may both be reunited in order to the Judgment 5 and thiat they may give an Account os what they have done

in the Body. For this end it is, that they must all arise and live again, that they may all appear before the great Tribunal or Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ to be judged; and receive their Reward according to what stall be found written in the Boohs-, as is at large demonstrated in the latter Part of this Chapter. Well, thus we. fee who we are to understand by the rest of the dead, when it is, and to what end they are to live again after the thousand lean are finisted.

I shall in the next place give a short Hint upon the last Part of the Verse, (though indeed it doth not belong to it, but should have been distinct by it self.)

This is the first ResurreBion.

Now, what is there that can be spoke wjth greater Plainness? Or more distinctly expressed than this? And that is the time as veil as the manver of these two Resurrections. For after the Apostle had been speaking of the First; and who they were that had part in it, and for what end they did first arise; It was, that they might live ard reign vith Christ a thousand Tears; then he comes and gives us an Account what would become of the rest of the Dead, (to wit, the Wicked) and tells us, that they Ivie not, or rife not to live again in their Bodies, until the thousand Years are ended. This is the first, or the Order which will appear to be in that Day, between the first and second Resurrection. And if so, then thisfirst must certainly denote a second: Yea, they are both positively asserted in this and the sixth Verse. Now if the Resurrection of the one be the Resurrection of the Body, (as has been proved) then of unde

mable Consequence the other must be a Resurrection of the Body also.

Verse 6. Blejfed and holy is he that hath Part in the first ReJitrreSion, on such the second Death bath no Power, but they stall be Priests of God and of Christ, and stall Psign with him a thousand Tears.

Is not this a clearText,(amongst the many which have been brought) to prove the visible, personal Reign and Kingdom of Christ with the Saints upon the^arth, in the time of the thousand Years? Sure if this Text be true, then the Truth of this Doctrine should not (by any of the Saints) once be called into question. I shall briefly consider the Words, and observe, first, Blessed and holy is he that hath Part in the first ResurreBion. This doth shew, that all those who are in Union with Jesus Christ, the Fountain of Holiness, are the only Persons that are blessed and holy in Gods Account. Secondly, That all those who are blessed and holy, by virtue of Union to Christ, stall have their Part in the first ResurreBion; which will be a Resurrection of the Body. Thirdly, That not one of these, who are thus interested in the Lord Jesus, shall be touched by the second Death: For on such the second Death stall have no Pover. Fourthly, That all the Saints are (by free and rich Grace) made Kings and Priests, or Kings and Princes unto Qod and his Christ, and therefore shall reign with him in the Glory of his Kingdom a thousand Tears. Each one of these might be much enlarg'd upon but I shall proceed. And in the



further opening of the Text, I do grant, that it is a great Troth it we fay, Blessed and Holy is he that hath a Part or Interest in Jesus Christ, he being the ResvrreSion 5 the first that rose from the (kad-> the first Fruits of them that steep. Secondly, It it is a Truth also, if we fay, blessed and holy is he that is spiritually risen with Chiift, in receiving a Principal of Life from him in Regeneration. But this is not all the Truth, nor yet what the Spirit of God principally intended, by the first ResvrreSion: Because, tho' this be a Truth in a spiritual mystical Sense, yet this cannot be ft, in a proper Consideration, upon the Account that a Resurrection properly signifies a raistng vp again of the self same body out of the Grave. And therefore in this Place, it is not to be understood of a metaphorical, but a proper ResurreBion. For if We, or any other, put a mystical metaphorical Interpretation upon a Scripture, when there is noNe: ceflity far it, is but a Wronging of that Scripture, by turning of it about (like Wax) which my ©ur Fancies please. Now, here appearing no Necessity for a mystical, but a proper Interpretation, I shall stick close to the literal Signification, as it is in the Text expressed -y which is looked upon by most Expositors, to be the fast ft Exposition of Scripture. Well, then the Resurrection spoke of in this sixth Verse, mnfk be taken in a proper Sense, for the Resurrection of the Body; and blessed are they who shall have part in it. For on such thesecond Death stall have no Power, but they stall be Priests of God and Christ, and stall reign with hiin 0 thousand Tears. Yet because some godly Persona have,no Light in the Resurrection of the Saints to '::; 't - U be before the Wicked but think that they shall both arise at one and the same time, I shall further offer to them, the Consideration of these following Particulars.

First then, the ResurreSion spoke of in this Place, which all the Saints are to have a part in, is not to be until the time of Satan's binding, and the beginning of the thousand Years. And if so, then this cannot be applied to a spiritual, but must be understood, a proper Resurrection. Yet if some will thus understand it, I would fain know of such, how they can prove a Work of Grace upon the Heart (which many of the Children of God did partake of, some thousands of Tears, before the time5 that Satan is to be bound, or the thousand Years Reign of the Saints is to begin) can be called a first ResurreSion? Whereas that is not to be until the beginning of the thousand Years, when they shall live and reign with Christ in the Glory of his visible Kingdom; as we fee with great Plainness expressed in the first Part of this Chapter.

Secondly, Most certain it is, as appears very full in the sixth Verse, and what was before hinted, that this first Resurrection is not to be, until the beginning us the thousand Tears-, at the time of. the personal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ from, Heaven i because then it is, that the Dead in Christ are to rife first, the dead Saints raised, and the living . changed, shall both be caught up in theCloilds to meet the Lord in the Air, that so they may come along with him. to reign in-his Kingdom. iThejs. iv. 16, 17. and if so, then this cannot be meant of a spiritual, but must be understood of a proper Resur* rectiori.

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