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Else what shall they do which are 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 ever hour ?
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.
Be 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? · Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it 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 him, and to every seed his own body.
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there 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 raised in power:
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
And so it is written, The first man Adam 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.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image 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 mystery ; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling 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, 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 beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Or, 1 Thess. Iv. 13—18. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first :
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air : and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to
do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Heb. xiii. 20, 21.
*** According to the usage of the Church of Scotland, there is no service at the grave. In England all denominations of Christians read the Scriptures and pray beside the ashes of the dead, for the profit of the living. I have given the above, which I have often used, as a model more or less imperfect.
THE FORM OF MARRIAGE.*
After the banns or contract have been published, the parties assemble
in the church, and stand together, the man on the right hand and the woman on the left ; and the minister at time convenient saith as followeth :
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, we are here gathered together in the sight of God and in the face of his congregation, to knit and join these parties together in the honourable estate of Matrimony, which was instituted and authorized by God himself in Paradise, man being then in the estate of innocence ; for at what time God made heaven and earth and all that is in them, and had created and fashioned man after his own similitude and likeness, unto whom he gave rule and lordliness over all the beasts of the earth, fishes of the sea, and fowls of the air, he said, “It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a help meet for him.” And God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and took one of his ribs and shaped Eve thereof; giving us thereby to understand that man and wife are one body, one flesh, and one blood; signifying also to us the mystical union that is between Christ and his church: for the which cause man leaveth his father and mother and taketh to his wife, to keep company with her, whom also he ought to love,
[* Such additional matter as is required by law in England to adapt this service to modern use, has been introduced.]