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A man goes to bed willingly and cheerfully, because he knows he shall rise again the next morning, and be renewed in his strength. Confidence in the resurrection would make us go to the grave as cheerfully as we go to our beds; it would make us die more comfortably, and sleep more quietly, in the bosom of the Lord than we rest in our own beds.

—Thomas Manton
Cited by Charles H. Spurgeon, Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden (Passmore & Alabaster, 1883).

Has Christ, and hath his resurrection such a potent and comfortable influence into the resurrection of the saints? Then it is the duty, and will be the wisdom of the people of God, so to govern, dispose, and employ their bodies, as become men and women, that understand what glory is prepared for them at the resurrection of the just.

Be not fondly tender of them, but employ and use them for God here. How many good duties are lost and spoiled by sinful indulgence to our bodies? Alas! we are generally more solicitous to live long, than to live usefully. How many saints have active, vigorous bodies, yet God hath little service from them. If your bodies were animated by some other souls that love God more than you do, and burn with holy zeal to his service, more work would be done for God by your bodies in a day, than is now done in a month. To have an able, healthy body, and not use it for God, for fear of hurting it, is as if one should give you a strong and stately horse, upon condition you must not work or ride him. Wherein is the mercy of having a body, except it be employed for God? Will not its reward at the resurrection be sufficient for all the pains you now put it to in his service?

—John Flavel
The Whole Works of the Reverend John Flavel, 1:497–498.

Do you wonder that the world is failing?

Wonder that the world is grown old. It is as a man who is born, and grows up, and waxes old. There are many complaints in old age; the cough, the rheum, the weakness of the eyes, fretfulness, and weariness. So then as when a man is old; he is full of complaints; so is the world old; and is full of troubles.

Is it a little thing what God has done for us, in that in the world’s old age, He has sent Christ to us, that He may renew us then, when all is failing?

Christ came when all things were growing old, and made them new.

As a made, created, perishing thing, the world was now declining to its fall. It could not but be that it should abound in troubles; He came both to console you in the midst of present troubles, and to promise you everlasting rest.

Choose not then to cleave to this aged world, and to be unwilling to grow young in Christ, who tells you, “The world is perishing, the world is waxing old, the world is failing; is distressed by the heavy breathing of old age. But do not fear, “Thy youth shall be renewed as the eagle’s.”

Adapted from NPNF, 6:356.


There is yet a redemption to come, which is called the redemption of our body (Rom 8:23).

Of this redemption we have both the deposit and the seal, to wit, the Spirit of God (Eph 1:14, 4:30). And because the time to it is long, therefore we are to wait for it; and because it will be that upon which all our blessedness will be let out to us, and we also let into it, therefore we should be comforted at all the signs of the near approach thereof; “then,” says Christ, “look up and lift up your heads” (Luke21:28).

The bodies of saints are called the purchased possession

Possession, because the whole of all that shall be saved shall be for a temple or house for God to dwell in, in the heavens. A purchased possession, because the body; as well as the soul, is bought with the price of blood (1 Cor 6:14-20).

But what then does He mean by the redemption of this purchased possession? I answer, He means the raising it up from the dead: “I will ransom them from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from death” (Hos 13:14).

And then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory”

This saying and that in Isaiah speak both the selfsame thing (1 Cor 15; Isa 25:8). And this was signified by Moses, where he speaks of the year of jubilee, and of the redemption of the house that was sold in Israel, how of that year it should return to the owner (Lev 25).

Our bodies of right are God’s, but sin still dwells in them

We have also sold and forfeited them to death and the grave, and so they will abide; but at the judgment day; that blessed jubilee, God will take our body; which originally was His, and will deliver it from the bondage of corruption, unto which, by our souls, through sin, it has been subjected.

He will take it, I say, because it is His, both by creation and redemption, and will bring it to that perfect freedom that is only to be found in immortality and eternal life.

And for this should we hope!

—John Bunyan, 1628–1688

Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
may it rule me,
may I walk in its power,
and be strengthened through its influence.

—The Valley of Vision

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