The resurrection of the dead

“There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” Acts
24:15

Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:35-44

There are some faint glimmerings in men of reason which teach that the soul is
something so wonderful that it must endure for ever. But the resurrection of
the dead is quite another doctrine, dealing not with the soul, but with the
body. The doctrine is that this actual body in which I now exist is to live
with my soul; that not only is the “vital spark of heavenly flame” to burn in
heaven, but the very censer in which the incense of my life smokes is holy
unto the Lord, and is to be preserved for ever. The spirit, every one
confesses, is eternal; but how many there are who deny that the bodies of men
will actually start up from their graves at the great day! Many of you believe
you will have a body in heaven, but you think it will be an airy fantastic
body, instead of believing that it will be a body like to this—flesh and blood
(although not the same kind of flesh, for all flesh is not the same flesh), a
solid, substantial body, even such as we have here. And there are yet fewer of
you who believe that the wicked will have bodies in hell; for it is gaining
ground everywhere that there are to be no positive torments for the damned in
hell to affect their bodies, but that it is to be metaphorical fire,
metaphorical brimstone, metaphorical chains, metaphorical torture. But if you
were Christians as you profess to be, you would believe that every mortal man
who ever existed shall not only live by the immortality of his soul, but his
body shall live again, that the very flesh in which he now walks the earth is
as eternal as the soul, and shall exist for ever. That is the peculiar
doctrine of Christianity. The heathens never guessed or imagined such a thing.

For meditation: Spurgeon went on to quote Job 19:25,26; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah
26:19; Daniel 12:2; Hosea 6:1,2; Hebrews 11:19,35. Does your hope match up to
the hope of the Old Testament saints and the experience of Enoch and Elijah
who rose bodily into heaven without suffering death?

Sermon nos. 66-67 / 16 February (Preached 17 February 1856)

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