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only of men, but of the weakest age and sex, that the world never saw such wonderful effects before.

Q. What assurance does the resurrection of Christ give us of the truth and certainty of these promises of eternal life?

A. The resurrection of Christ is a manifest proof of his divine authority, and that he was a prophet sent from God, who could not give a greater testimony of it, than by raising him from the dead, which is so peculiar to our Saviour, that no impostor ever pretended to it. So that consequently whatever he taught must be true, and the promises he made will certainly be fulfilled. And since he has kept his word in raising himself from the dead, there is no reason to distrust him in any thing else he has promised. By his own resurrection from the dead he has wrought such a miracle, as is most proper to confirm us in the belief of our resurrection to eternal life for having had power to raise himself, he cannot want power to raise us.

Q. What effect should the belief of the souls immortality, and its duration for ever in another state, have upon us ?

A. It should make us prefer the interest of our souls before all the advantages of this life: nay, it should make us ready and willing to part with every thing that is most dear to us in this world, to secure their eternal welfare; because all the enjoyments of this world can make us no compensation for the loss of our souls. It should put us upon great zeal and diligence in all the ways of piety and virtue ; for it is only by such qualifications that our souls can be prepared to enjoy the happiness of the next life. It should make us carefully avoid all sin, as the greatest enemy to our future hopes as well as our present quiet. It should wean us from the love of this

world, which was never designed for our happiness, and is not capable of satisfying the desires of immortal souls. It should support us under all the afflictions of this life, knowing that here we have no abiding city, but expect one to come. It should comfort us upon the approach of death, because, when this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, we shall have an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

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THE PRAYERS.
FOR THE BLESSED EFFECTS OF CHRIST's

RESURRECTION.
ALMIGHTY God, who, through thy only-begotten
Son Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto
us the gate of everlasting life ; I humbly beseech thee,
that as, by thy special grace preventing me, thou dost

my mind good desires, so by thy continual help I may bring the same to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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FOR THE RIGHT USE OF THE FACULTIES OF

THE SOUL.

BLESSED God, who through thy infinite goodness hast endowed me with an immortal soul capable of loving thee, and enjoying thee eternally: it was thy distinguishing mercy that ranked me among the order of rational beings, who by their minds have a relation to the next world, as they have by their bodies to this.

It was thy goodness that gave me an understanding to contemplate divine things, that bestowed upon me a will to choose and embrace the chiefest good. Oh! grant that I may

so use these thy precious gifts, that I may employ them to those ends and purposes for which thou didst communicate them to me; that all my

faculties

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adore and worship thee, the bountiful source from whence they received their original; that the great care and business of my life may be to provide for that happiness which thou hast made me capable of, and which only can be obtained by a patient continuance in well-doing. Let not the concerns of this short, miserable, and uncertain life, make me neglect the things which are not seen, which are eternal. Let not the faint images of honour, and the empty scenes of mirth and pleasure, fill my soul, which was created for more perfect and satisfying enjoyments. Thou hast given me the utmost assurance of eternal life by the resurrection of thy Son Jesus from the dead; and hast thereby convinced me of his power to fulfil his gracious promises of raising me up at the last day : let me live under the constant sense of these precious promises, that they may support me under all the afflictions and calamities of my pilgrimage in this world; and so comfort and strengthen me at the hour of death, that I may cheerfully submit to my dissolution, knowing that when the tabernacle of my body shall tumble into dust, I have an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, through the merits of Jesus Christ, who died for my sins, and rose again for my justification. Amen.

FOR THE CARE OF OUR SOULS.

GRANT, O Lord, that I may above all things apprehend the loss of my soul, which though it cannot cease to be, may sink into an irrecoverable state of misery. Let not therefore the charms and flatteries of this world

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dissolve me into luxury and sensuality. Let not the terrors or torments that wicked men can inflict shake my constancy, or interrupt my perseverance in the ways of thy commandments. Let me never venture the loss of my soul to gain the pleasures, or to avoid the sufferings of this life. Thou hast sufficiently provided even for my happiness here below, by a lawful enjoyment of those good creatures with which thou hast supplied me. I renounce, O Lord, whatever must be purchased at the forfeiture of thy favour, which is better than life; and I am resolved to sacrifice the ease, and pleasure, and comforts of temporal enjoyments, rather than offend thee. Thou hast abundantly recompensed this choice, by peace of conscience, by calm and easy passions, by contentment, and by submission to thy will, and by an entire dependence on thy providence, and by the transporting hopes of immortal life, which thou hast laid up for all those that love and fear thee. Let this prospect keep me steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as I know my labour shall not be in vain in the Lord. Amen.

CH AP. XVII.

EASTER TUESDAY.

Q. What happy consequence is deducible from our Saviour's resurrection, besides the immortality of our souls?

A. The resurrection of our bodies.

Q. How is the resurrection of our Saviour an argument of our resurrection?

A. Because, having promised to raise us up, his own resurrection is an evident proof of his power to perform it. Besides, by his rising from the dead, he became

the first-fruits of them that slept;a which first-fruits, among the Jews, were a pledge and earnest of a future harvest.

Q. What are we to believe concerning the resurrection of the body?

A. We are to believe, as a necessary and infallible truth, that “as it is appointed for all men once to die,” so it is also determined that all men should rise from death; that their bodies, committed to the grave, and dissolved into dust, or scattered into ashes, shall at the last day be re-collected, and be re-united to their souls ; that the same bodies that lived before shall be revived; that this resurrection shall be universal, the just to enjoy everlasting life, and the wicked to be condemned to ever: lasting punishment.

Q. Why ought we to establish ourselves in the belief of the resurrection of the body?

A. Because it is one of the great articles of the Christian faith, though the heathens of old, and the infidels of latter times, make it one of their great objections against Christianity, upon the pretence of the impossibility of the doctrine; which if true, had made it highly unreasonable to have been proposed to the belief of Christians. But this article is not only possible, but highly probable to reason, and upon Christian principles infallibly certain.

Q. Upon what account was the resurrection of the body thought impossible by the heathen philosophers ?

A. Because they thought it contrary to the course of nature, that a body perfectly dead should be restored to life again. Among the works of nature they could never observe any action or operation, that did or could produce

1 Cor. xv. 20.

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