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them, if they who were asleep had long since been received into heaven; in which case the latter would not come to meet the Lord, but would return with him. We however which are alive shall be caught up together with them, not after them, and so shall we ever be with the Lord, namely, after, not before the resurrection. And then at length “the wicked shall be severed from among the just,” Matt. xiii. 49. Dan. xii. 2.
many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, come to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” In such a sleep, I should suppose Lazarus to have been lying, if it were asked whither his soul betook itself during those four days of death. For I cannot believe that it would have been called back from heaven to suffer again the inconveniences of the body, but rather that it was summoned from the grave, and roused from the sleep of death. The words of Christ themselves lead to this conclusion: John xi. 11, 13. our friend Lazarus sleepeth ; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep: howbeit Jesus spake of his death :” which death, if the miracle were true, must have been real. This is confirmed by the circumstances of Christ's raising him ; v. 43. “ he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” If the soul of Lazarus, that is, if Lazarus himself was not within the grave, why did Christ call on the lifeless body which could not hear? If it were the soul which he addressed, why did he call it from a place where it was not ? Had he intended to intimate that the soul was separated from the body, he would have directed his eyes to the quarter whence the soul of Lazarus might be expected to return, namely, from heaven: for to call from the grave what is not there, is like seeking the living among the dead, which the angel reprehended as ignorance in the disciples, Luke xxiv. 5. The same is apparent in the raising of the widow's son: Luke vii. 14.
On the other hand, those who assert that the soul is exenipt from death, and that when divested of the body, it wings its way, or is conducted by angels, directly to its appointed place of reward or punishment, where it remains in a separate state of existence to the end of the world, found their belief principally on the following passages of Scripture. Psal. xlix. 15. “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave.” But this proves rathưr that the soul enters the grave with the
body, as was shown above, from whence it needs to be redeemed, namely, at the resurrection, when God shall receive it, as follows in the same verse. As for the remainder, their redemption ceaseth for ever,” v. 8. and they are “like the beasts that perish,” v. 12, 14.
The second text is Eccles. xii. 7. “ the spirit shall return unto God that gave it.” But neither does this prove what is required; for the phrase, the spirit returning to God, must be understood with considerable latitude ; since the wicked do not return to God at death, but depart far from him. The preacher had moreover said before, iii. 20. “ all go unto one place ;” and God is said both to have given, and to gather unto himself the spirit of every living thing, whilst the body returns to dust, Job. xxxiv. 14, 15. "if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.” See also Psal. civ. 29, 30. Euripides in the Suppliants has, without being aware of it, given a far better interpretation of this passage than the commentators in question.'
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Each various part
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1. How much more rationally spake the heathen king Demophoön in a tragedy of Euripides, than these interpreters would put upon king David.' Tenure of Kings and Magistrates. Prose Works, II. 14. It is related on the authority of one of Milton's daughters, that, after the Holy Scriptures, his favourite volumes were Homer, Euripides, and Ovid.
The present Treatise contains nine quotations from the classics, seven of which are from the authors mentioned. Aristotle, whom he calls one of the best interpreters of nature and morality,' (Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, II. 13) is likewise often expressly quoted, or alluded to; but not a single direct reference is made to Plato, who, as Mr. Todd justly remarhs on the authority of the poet himself, was one of the principal objects of his regard. Some Account of the Life and Writings of Milion,
Of the Fathers, nine are either cited or referred to; of modern divines, seventeen.
2 The old reading was rò own'. Porson proposed to pūs, Adversaria,
That is, every constituent part returns at dissolution to its elementary principle. This is confirmed by Ezek. xxxvii. 9.
come from the four winds, O breath ;” it is certain therefore that the spirit of man must have previously departed thither from whence it is now summoned to return. Hence perhaps originates the expression in Matt. xxiv. 31. “they shall gather together the elect from the four winds.” For why should not the spirits of the elect be as easily gathered together as the smallest particles of their bodies, sometimes most widely dispersed throughout different countries? In the same manner is to be understood i Kings xvii. 21. “let this child's soul come into him again.” This, however, is a form of speech applied to fainting in general : Judges xv. 19. “his spirit came again, and he revived." See also 1 Sam. xxx. 12.
For there are many passages of Scripture, some of which have been already quoted, which undoubtedly represent the dead as devoid of all vital existence; but what was advanced above respecting the death of the spirit affords a sufficient answer to the objection. The third passage
is Matt. X. 28. “ fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul.” It may be answered that, properly speaking, the body cannot be killed, as being in itself a thing inanimate; the body therefore, as is common in Scripture, must be taken for the whole human compound, or for the animal and temporal life; the soul for that spiritual life with which we shall be clothed after the end of the world, as appears from the remainder of the verse, and from 1 Cor. xv. 44.
The fourth text is Philipp. i. 23.“ having a desire to depart” (cupiens dissolvi, having a desire for dissolution) “ and to be with Christ.” But, to say nothing of the uncertain and disputed sense of the word dvanãoul, which signifies anything rather than dissolution, it may be answered, that although Paul desired to
p. 235. Toup (in Suid. II. 6.) suggested to Sijv, but the offence against metre was pointed out by Porson, Note Breves ad Toupii Emendationes, ad p. 231. In the next line the old reading was 'añ0ε. Gataker proposed å redoxiv, which emendation was adopted by Musgrave, and approved by Porson.
3 .Qui urgent propriam solvendi et dissolvendi notionem, hi adeant Duker. ad Florum IV. 11. extr. qui docuit, solvi etiam metaphorice apud Latinos pro mori poni.' Schleusner in voce evalúw.
obtain immediate possession of heavenly perfection and glory, in like manner as every one is desirous of attaining as soon as possible to that, whatever it may be, which he regards as the ultimate object of his being, it by no means follows that, when the soul of each individual leaves the body, it is received immediately either into heaven or hell. For he had a desire to be with Christ; that is, at his appearing, which all the believers hoped and expected was then at hand. In the same manner one who is going on a voyage desires to set sail and to arrive at the destined port, (such is the order in which his wishes arrange themselves) omitting all notice of the intermediate passage. If, however, it be true that there is no time without motion, which Aristotle illustrates by the example of those who were fabled to have slept in the temple of the heroes, and who, on awaking, imagined that the moment in which they awoke had succeeded without an interval to that in which they fell asleep ;how much more must intervening time be annihilated to the departed, so that to them to die and to be with Christ will seem to take place at the same moment ? Christ himself, however, expressly indicates the time at which we shall be with
John xiv 3. “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
The fifth text evidently favours my view of the subject : 1 Pet. iii. 19. “ by which alsс he went and preached to the
4 'Αλλά μήν ουδ' άνευ γε μεταβολής: όταν γάρ αυτοι μηθέν μεταβάλλωμεν την διάνοιαν ή λάθωμεν μεταβάλλοντες, ου δοκεί ημίν γεγονέναι ο χρόνος καθάπερ ουδέ τοις εν τη Σαρδοι μυθολογουμένοις καθεύδειν παρά τους ήρωσιν, όταν έγερθώσι, συνάπτουσι γάρ το πρότερον νύν το ύστερον νυν και εν ποιούσιν, εξαιρούντες διά την αναισθησίαν TÒ Metačí. Nat. Auscult. IV. 16 Edit. Duvall. Simplicius in his scholium on this passage explains the allusion at some length, but the most material part of his information is contained in the following note of Kuhnius : • Paulo modestius agunt Græci cum loquuntur de heroibus in Sardinia dormientibus, quorum mentionem facit Aristoteles libro IV. &c. Ubi Simplicius-ex Herculis filiis, quos ex Thestii natis susceperat, nonnullos in Sardinia mortuos dici, illorumque corpora usque ad Aristotelis, forte et usque ad Alexandri Aphrodisiensis tempora mansisse integra et ãonata, et speciem dormientium præbuisse. Apud hos captabant dormientes somnia, et ovußolikoùs somnos protrahebant, qui ab his heroibus corporis valetudinem commodam, vel alia quædam petitum venerant. Vide Schol. Græc. in Luciani Tom. I. pag. 3.' Kuhnii Observationes in Diogenis Laertii, Lib. I. Segm. 109.
spirits that are in prison,” literally, in guard, or, as the Syriac version renders it, in sepulchro, “in the grave,” which means the same; for the grave is the common guardian of all till the day of judgment. What therefore the apostle says more fully, iv. 5, 6. “who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead; for, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead,” he expresses in this place by a metaphor, “the spirits that are in guard ;” it follows, therefore, that the spirits are dead.
The sixth text is Rev. vi. 9. “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain.” I answer, that in the Scripture idiom the soul is generally often put for the whole animate body, and that in this passage it is used for the souls of those who were not yet born; unless indeed the fifth seal was already opened in the time of John : in the same manner as in the parable of Dives and Lazarus, Luke xvi. though Christ, for the sake of the lesson to be conveyed, speaks of that as present which was not to take place till after the day of judgment, and describes the dead as placed in two distinct states, he by no means intimates any separation of the soul from the body.
The seventh text is Luke xxiii. 43. “ Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. This passage
has on various acccunts occasioned so much trouble, that some have not hesitated to alter the punctuation, as if it had been written, I say unto thee to-day ; that is, although I seem to-day the most despised and miserable of all men, yet I declare to thee and assure thee, that thou shalt hereafter be with me in paradise, that is, in some pleasant place, (for, properly speaking, paradise is not heaven) or in the spiritual state allotted to the soul and body. The same expedient has been resorted to Matt. x xvii. 52, 53. At the time of the earthquake, on the same day (not three days after, as is generally supposed) the graves were opened, the dead arose and came out, v. 52. xaí éaddóvres, and having come out, at length after the resur
5 'Hanc vocem præcedentibus jungendam esse statuit cum aliis Hesychius, 0. 49. qui citantur Schol. Codicis 34. Theophylactus. älloi dè εκβιάζονται το ρήμα, στίζοντες εις το σήμερον, ίνα ή το λεγόμενον τοιούτον: αμήν λέγω σοι σήμερον: είτα το μετ' εμού έση εν τω παμαdelow OUVETTIDÉPOVTEÇ Sever. Apologet. 22.' Wetstein. ad Luc. xxiii. 43. See the remarks of Whitby on this passage, and the reason which he gives against the punctuation proposed.