Body of Divinity
By Thomas Watson
Death and the Last Day
3. The RESURRECTION
"Don't be so surprised! Indeed, the time is
coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God's Son,
and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to eternal
life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to judgment." John
Question 38: What benefits do believers receive from
Christ, at the resurrection?
Answer: At the resurrection, believers being raised up in
glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment,
and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoyment of God, to all eternity!
I. The BODIES of believers shall be raised up to glory.
The doctrine of the resurrection is a fundamental article of our faith. The
apostle puts it among the first principles of the doctrine of Christ. Heb
6:2. The body shall rise again; we are not so sure to rise out of our
beds—as we are to rise out of our graves. The saved body shall rise again.
Some hold that the soul shall be clothed with a new body; but then it were
improper to call it a resurrection, it would be rather a creation. "Though
worms destroy this body—yet in my flesh shall I see God." Job 19:26.
Not in another flesh—but my flesh. "This corruptible must put on
incorruption." I Cor 15:53.
By what arguments may the resurrection be proved?
(1.) By Scripture. "I will raise him up at the last day."
"He will swallow up death in victory." That is, by delivering our bodies
from the captivity of the grave, wherein death for a time had power over
them. "Those who sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him."
(2.) Christ is risen; therefore the bodies of the saints
must rise. Christ did not rise from the dead as a private person—but as the
public head of the church; and the head being raised, the rest of the body
shall not always lie in the grave. Christ's rising is a pledge of our
resurrection. "Knowing that he who raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up
us also by Jesus." 2 Cor 4:14. Christ is called the first-fruits of those
who sleep. 1 Cor 15:20. As the first-fruits is a sure evidence that the
harvest is coming, so the resurrection of Christ is a sure evidence of the
rising of our bodies from the grave. Christ cannot be perfect as he is
Christ mystical, unless his members are raised with him.
(3.) In respect of God's justice. If God is a just God,
he will reward the bodies of the saints, as well as their souls.
It cannot be imagined that the souls of believers should be glorified, and
not their bodies. They have served God with their bodies; their bodies have
been members of holiness; their eyes have dropped tears for sin;
their hands have relieved the poor; their tongues have set
forth God's praise; therefore justice and equity require that their bodies
should be crowned as well as their souls; and how can that be—unless they
are raised from the dead?
(4.) If the body did not rise again, a believer would not
be completely happy; for, though the soul can subsist without the body—yet
it has "a desire of reunion" with the body; and it is not fully happy until
it is clothed with the body. Therefore, undoubtedly, the body shall rise
again. If the soul should go to heaven, and not the body, then a believer
would be only half saved.
But some say, as the Virgin Mary to the angel, "How can
this be?" How can it be, that the body, which is consumed to ashes, should
It does not oppose reason—but transcends
it. There are some resemblances of the resurrection in nature. The corn,
which is sown in the ground, dies before it springs up. "When you put a seed
into the ground, it doesn't grow into a plant unless it dies first." 1 Cor
15:36. In winter the fruits of the earth die; in spring there is a
resurrection of them. Noah's olive-tree springing after the flood, was a
lively emblem of the resurrection. After the passion of our Lord, many of
the saints which slept in the grave arose. Matt 27:52. God can more easily
raise the body out of the grave—than we can wake a man out of sleep!
But when the dust of many are mingled together; how is it
possible that a separation should be made and the same identical body arise?
If we believe God can create, why not distinguish the
dust of one body from another? Do we not see that the chemist, out of
several metals mingled together, as gold, silver, alchemy, can extract one
from the other, the silver from the gold, the alchemy from silver, and can
reduce every metal to its own kind? And shall we not much more believe, that
when our bodies are mingled and confounded with other substances, the wise
God is able to reinvest every soul with its own body?
Shall only the bodies of the righteous be raised?
All who are in the grave shall hear Christ's voice, and
shall come forth. "There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the
just and unjust." "I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God." But
though all shall be raised out of their graves—yet all shall not be raised
(1.) The bodies of the wicked shall be raised with
ignominy. Those bodies which on the earth tempted and allured others with
their beauty, shall at the resurrection be loathsome to behold; they shall
be ghastly spectacles. "They shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." But the
bodies of the saints shall be raised with honor. "It is sown in dishonor, it
is raised in glory." The saints' bodies then shall shine as sparkling
diamonds. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun."
(2.) The bodies of the saints shall rise out of their
graves with triumph; but the bodies of the wicked with trembling. The one,
as about to receive their fatal doom; the other, awake from the dust too,
shall sing for joy. "Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust." When the
archangel's trumpet sounds, the bodies of believers shall come out of the
grave to be made happy—as the chief butler came out of the prison, and was
restored to all his dignity at the court; but the bodies of the wicked shall
come out of the grave—as the chief baker out of prison, to be executed.
Use one: Believe this doctrine of the resurrection;
that the same body that dies shall rise again, and with the soul be crowned.
Without the belief of this, all true religion falls to the ground. If the
dead rise not, then Christ is not risen, and then our faith is vain. I Cor
Use two: The body shall rise again. This was
Job's comfort. "Though worms destroy this body—yet in my flesh shall I see
God." Job 19:26. The body is sensible of joy, as well as the soul; and
indeed, we shall not be in all our glory, until our bodies are reunited to
our souls. Oh consider what joy there will be at the reuniting of the body
and the soul at the resurrection! Look what sweet embraces of joy were
between old Jacob and Joseph, when they first saw one another; such, and
infinitely more, will there be when the body and soul of a saint shall meet
together at the resurrection. Gen 46:29. How will the body and soul greet
one another! What a welcome will the soul give to the body! "Oh, blessed
body! When I prayed, you attended my prayers with hands lifted up, and knees
bowed down; you were willing to suffer with me, and now you shall reign with
me; you were sown in dishonor—but now are raised in glory. Oh, my dear body!
I will enter into you again, and be eternally married to you!"
Use three: The resurrection of the body is a cordial when
a Christian is dying. Your body, though it drops into the
sepulcher, shall revive and flourish in the resurrection. The grave is a bed
of dust, where the bodies of saints sleep; but they shall be awakened
by the trumpet of the archangel. The grave is your long home—but not
your last home. Though death strips you of your beauty, at the
resurrection you shall have it restored again. As when David found Saul
asleep, he took away his spear and cruse of water—but when Saul awoke he
restored them again, so, though at death all our strength and beauty be
taken away, at the resurrection God will restore all again in a more
But how shall we know that our bodies will be raised to a
If we have a part in the first resurrection. "Blessed is
he who has a part in the first resurrection." What is meant by this? It is
rising by repentance out of the grave of sin. He who lies buried in sin, can
have little hope of a joyful resurrection; his body shall be raised—but not
in glory. O then, ask conscience, have you a part in the first resurrection?
Has the Spirit entered into you, and lifted you up? Has he raised you out of
your unbelief? Has he raised your hearts above the earth? This is the first
resurrection; and if your souls are thus spiritually raised, your bodies
shall be gloriously raised; and shall shine as stars in the kingdom of
heaven. Regeneration makes way for a glorious resurrection.
Use four: Seeing you expect your bodies shall rise to
glory, keep them unspotted from sin. Shall a drunken body
rise to glory? Shall an unclean body rise to glory? Shall a
thievish body steal into heaven? O keep your bodies pure! Keep your
eyes from unchaste glances, your hands from bribes, your
tongues from slander. Defile not your bodies, which you hope shall rise
one day to glory. Your bodies are the members of Christ. Hear what the
apostle says: "Shall I take the members of Christ, and make them the members
of an harlot? God forbid." Keep your bodies unspotted; let them be
instruments of righteousness. "Glorify God in your body." If your bodies
glorify God, God will glorify your bodies!
But seeing our bodies must be laid in the grave, and may
lie many years rotting there before the resurrection,
what support and comfort have we in this case?
(1.) That God will not leave his people in the grave.
Our friends bring us to the grave and leave us there—but God will not. He
will go to the grave with us, and watch over our dead bodies, and take care
of our ashes. Rizpah watched over the dead bodies of the sons of Saul, and
guarded them against the ravenous fowls of the air. 2 Sam 21:10. Thus the
Lord watches over the dead bodies of the saints, and looks to it that none
of their dust be missing. Christian, you have a God to watch over your body
when you are dead.
(2.) The bodies of the saints in the grave, though
separated from their souls, are united to Christ. The dust of a
believer is part of Christ's mystic body.
(3.) When the bodies of the saints are in the sepulcher,
their souls are in paradise; the soul does not sleep in the body,
"but returns to God who gave it." The soul immediately partakes of those
joys the blessed angels do. When the body returns to dust—the soul
returns to rest; when the body is sleeping—the soul is
triumphing; when the body is buried—the soul is crowned.
As the spies were sent before—to taste of the fruits of the land; so at
death the soul is sent before into heaven—to taste of the fruit of the holy
land. Numb 13:20.
(4.) When God's time is come, the "graves shall deliver
up their dead." Rev 20:13. When the judge sends, the jailor must
deliver up his prisoners. As God said to Jacob, "I will go down with you
into Egypt, and I will surely bring you up again;" Gen 46:4, so the Lord
will go down with us into the grave, and will surely bring us out again.
(5.) Though the bodies of the saints shall rot and be
loathsome in the grave—yet afterwards they shall be made illustrious and
glorious. The bodies of the saints, when they arise, shall be
lovely and beautiful. The body of a saint in this life may be deformed;
those even whose minds are adorned with virtue, may have misshapen bodies;
but those deformed bodies shall be attractive and beautiful. This beauty
consists in two things,
(1:) Perfection of parts. There shall be a full
proportion of all the members. In this life there is often a defect of
members: the eye is lost, the arm is cut off; but in the resurrection all
parts of the body will be restored again; therefore the resurrection is
called the time of restoring all things. Acts 3:21.
(2:) Splendor. The bodies of the saints shall have a
graceful majesty in them; they shall be like Stephen, whose face shone as if
it had been the face of an angel. Acts 6:15. Nay, they will be made like
Christ's glorious body. Phil 3:21.
The bodies of the saints, when they arise, shall be free
from the necessities of nature, as hunger and thirst. "They shall hunger no
more." Rev 7:16. Moses on the mount was so filled with the glory of God,
that he did not need bodily nourishment. Much more in heaven shall the
bodies of the saints be so filled with God's glory, as to be upheld without
The bodies of the saints, when they arise, shall be swift
and nimble. Our bodies on earth are dull and heavy in their motion; then
they shall be swift, and made fit to ascend, as the body of Elijah, in the
air. Now the body is a clog; in heaven it shall be a wing. We
shall be as the angels. Matt 22:30. And how nimble are they? The angel
Gabriel in a short time came from heaven to the earth. Dan 9:21. As the helm
turns the ship instantly where the steersman wills, so the body in an
instant will move which way the soul wills.
The bodies of the saints, at the resurrection, shall be
firm and strong. "It is raised in power." Through frequent labor and
sickness, the strongest body begins to languish: but at the resurrection we
shall be of a strong constitution; there will be no weariness in the body,
nor faintness in the spirits. This may comfort you who now conflict with
many bodily weaknesses. This weak body shall be raised in power; the body,
which is now a weak reed, shall be like a rock.
The bodies of the saints, at the resurrection, will be
immortal. "This mortal shall put on immortality." Our bodies shall run
parallel with eternity. "Neither can they die any more." Heaven is a
healthful climate, there is no bill of mortality there. If a physician could
give you a recipe to keep you from dying, what sums of money would you give!
At the resurrection Christ shall give the saints such a recipe. "There shall
be no more death!"
II. They shall be openly acquitted at the day of
 This is to be laid down for a proposition, that there
shall be a day of judgment. "For we must all appear before the
judgment-seat of Christ." This is the grand assize; the greatest appearance
that ever was. Adam shall then see all his posterity at once. We must all
appear; the greatness of men's persons does not exempt them from
Christ's tribunal; kings and captains are brought in trembling before the
Lamb's throne. Rev 6:15. We must all appear, and appear in our own persons;
not by proxy.
How does it appear that there shall be a day of judgment?
(1.) By the testimony of Scripture. "For God shall
bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing." "For he comes, for
he comes to judge the earth." The reduplication denotes the certainty. "I
beheld until the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit,
whose garment was white as snow. . . The judgment was set, and the books
were opened." Dan 7:9-10.
(2.) It appears from the petty sessions kept in a man's
own conscience. When a man does virtuously, conscience excuses him; when
evil, conscience arraigns and condemns him. Now, what is this private
session kept in the court of conscience—but a certain forerunner of that
general day of judgment, when all the world shall be summoned to God's
Why must there be a day of judgment?
That there may be a day of retribution—in which
God may render to everyone according to his work. Things seem to be done
very unequally in the world: the wicked to prosper—as if they were
rewarded for doing evil; and the godly to suffer—as if they were
punished for being good. Therefore, for vindicating the justice of God,
there must be a day wherein there shall be a righteous distribution of
punishments and rewards to men, according to their actions.
Who shall be judge?
The Lord Jesus Christ. "The Father has committed all
judgment to the Son." John 5:22. It is an article of our creed, that "Christ
shall come to judge the living and the dead." It is a great honor put upon
Christ; he who was himself judged, shall be judge. He who once hung upon the
cross—shall sit upon the throne of judgment! He is fit to be judge, as he
partakes of both the manhood and Godhead.
(1.) Of the manhood. Being clothed with the human nature,
he may be visibly seen of all. It is requisite the judge should be seen.
"Behold, he comes with clouds, and every eye shall see him."
(2.) As he partakes of the Godhead. He is of infinite
knowledge to understand all causes brought before him; and of infinite
power to execute offenders. He is described with seven eyes,
Zech 3:9, to denote his wisdom; and an iron rod, Psalm 2:9, to denote
His power. He is so wise that he cannot be deceived, and so strong
that he cannot be resisted.
When will the time of judgment be?
The time of the general judgment, is a secret kept from
the angels. "Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of
heaven." But it cannot be far off. One great sign of the approach of the day
of judgment, is, "That iniquity shall abound." Sure then that day is near at
hand, for iniquity never more abounded than in this age, in which lust
grows hot, and love grows cold. When the elect are all converted,
then Christ will come to judgment. As he who rows a ferry-boat, stays until
all the passengers are taken in, and then rows away; so Christ stays until
all the elect are gathered in, and then he will hasten away to judgment.
What shall be the manner of trial?
(1.) The citing of men to the court. The dead are cited
as well as the living. Men, when they die, avoid the censure of our
law-courts; but at the last day, they are cited to God's tribunal. "I saw
the dead, small and great, stand before God." This citing of men will be by
the sound of a trumpet. 1 Thess 4:16. This trumpet will sound so loud, that
it will raise men from their graves. Matt 24:31. Such as will not hear the
trumpet of the gospel sound "repent, and believe," shall hear the
trumpet of the archangel sounding, "arise, and be judged!"
(2.) The approach of the judge to the tribunal.
(1.) This will be terrible to the wicked. How can a
guilty prisoner endure the sight of the judge? If Felix trembled when Paul
preached of judgment, Acts 24:25, how will sinners tremble when they shall
see Christ come to judgment! Christ is described, sitting in judgment, with
a fiery stream issuing from him. Dan 7:10. The Lamb of God will then be
turned into a lion, the sight of whom will strike terror into sinners. When
Joseph said to his brethren, "I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into
Egypt," "they were troubled at his presence." Gen 45:4. How did their hearts
smite them for their sin! So, when Christ shall come to judgment, and say,
"I em Jesus, whom you sinned against; I em Jesus, whose laws you have
broken, whose blood you despised. I am now come to judge you." Oh, what
horror and amazement will take hold of sinners! How they will be troubled at
the presence of their judge!
(2:) The approach of Christ to the bench of judicature
will be comfortable to the righteous. Christ will come in splendor and great
glory. His first coming in the flesh was obscure. Isa 53:2. He was like a
prince in disguise; but his second coming will be illustrious; he shall come
in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels. Mark 8:38. Oh, what a
bright day will that be, when a vast number of angels, those morning stars,
shall appear in the air, and Christ the Sun of Righteousness shall shine in
splendor above the brightest cherub! He will come as a friend. Indeed, if
the saints' judge were their enemy, they might fear to be condemned; but he
who loves them, and prayed for them, is their judge; he who is their husband
is their judge, therefore they need not fear but all things shall go well on
(3.) The trial itself, which has a dark and a light side.
A dark side. It will fall heavy on the wicked, when the judge being
set, the books shall be opened, the book of conscience, and the book
of God's remembrance. Rev 20:12. The sinners, charge being read, all
their sins laid open, their murder, drunkenness, and uncleanness, Christ
will say, "What can you plead for yourselves, that the sentence of death
should not pass?" Then, being convicted, they will be speechless.
Then follows the dismal sentence: "depart from me, you cursed ones, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Matt 25:41. He who
said to God, "Depart from me," Job 21:14, and to true religion, "Depart from
me," must now hear that word pronounced from his judge, "Depart from me"—a
dreadful, but a righteous sentence. Psalm 51:4. The sinner himself shall
cry, "Guilty!" Though he has a sea of wrath, he has not one drop of
injustice. When once the sentence is passed, it is irreversible; there
is no appealing to a higher court. The trial has also a light side.
It will increase the joy and happiness of the righteous. The day of judgment
will be a day of jubilee to them.
 At that day Christ their judge will own them by name.
Those whom the world scorned, and looked upon as madmen and fools, Christ
will take by the hand, and openly acknowledge to be his favorites. What is
his "confessing of men," but his openly acknowledging them to be precious in
his eyes? Luke 12:8.
Christ as judge will plead for them. It is not usual to
be both judge and advocate, to sit on the bench and plead; but it shall be
so at the day of judgment.
(1.) Christ will plead his own blood for the saints.
"These people I have purchased; they are the travail of my soul; they have
sinned—but my soul was made an offering for their sin."
(2.) Christ will vindicate them from all unjust censures.
They were strangely misrepresented in the world—as proud, hypocritical,
factious; as Paul was called a seditious man, the head of a faction. Acts
24:5. But at the day of judgment Christ will clear their innocence; he will
"bring forth their righteousness as the light." Ps 37:6. He will wipe off
tears from their eyes, and dust from their names. When Moses
was charged with taking too much upon him, he comforted himself with this,
"Tomorrow will the Lord show who are his." Numb 16:5. So the saints' when
reproached, may comfort themselves with the day of judgment, in which Christ
will say who are his, and they shall come forth as the wings of a dove
covered with silver.
(3.) Christ as judge will absolve his people before men
and angels. As Pilate said of Christ, "I find no fault in this man." Just
so, will Christ say of the elect, "I find no fault in them, I pronounce them
righteous." Then follows, "Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the
kingdom." As if Christ should say, "O you happy ones, the delight of my
soul, the fruit of my sufferings, stand no longer at the bar. You are heirs
to the crown of heaven—enter and take possession!" At the hearing of this
sentence, with what ravishing joy will the saints be filled! This word,
"Come, you blessed!" will be music to their ear, and a cordial to their
(4.) Christ will mention before men and angels all the
good deeds the saints have done. "For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was
thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into
your home." Matthew 25:35. You who have wept in secret for sin, that have
shown any love for Christ's name, that have been rich in good works; Christ
will take notice of it at the last day, and say, "Well done, good and
faithful servant!" He himself will be the herald to proclaim your praises;
thus it shall be done to the man whom Christ delights to honor.
(5.) Christ will call his saints from the bar, to sit
upon the bench with him to judge the world. "Behold, the Lord comes with ten
thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all." "Know you not, that
the saints shall judge the world?" The saints shall sit with Christ in
judgment as justices of peace with the judge; they shall applaud Christ's
righteous sentence on the wicked, and, as it were, vote with Christ. As it
is a great honor to the saints, so it must needs add to the sorrows of the
wicked, to see those whom they once hated and derided, sit as judges upon
(6.) The saints shall be fully crowned with the enjoyment
of God forever. They shall be in his sweet presence, "in whose presence is
fullness of joy," and this shall be forever. The banner of God's love shall
be eternally displayed. The joys of heaven shall be without intermission and
expiration, "and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Use one: It is dreadful news to the wicked,
that they shall "not stand in judgment," that they shall come
to judgment—but shall not stand in judgment; they shall not stand
acquitted, they shall not stand with boldness—but sneak and hang down their
heads, and not be able to look their judge in the face. But it is great
consolation to the godly. When the apostle had said, "The Lord shall descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet
of God," he presently adds, "Therefore comfort one another with these
(1.) The day of judgment is comfort in respect of
weakness of grace. A Christian is ready to be troubled to see his grace so
minute and imperfect. But, at the last day, if Christ find but a grain of
true grace, it shall be accepted. If you have true gold, though it is very
little, Christ will put his merits into the scales, and make it pass
(2.) What a comfort is it to such of the saints who have
met with unrighteous judgment in the world, who have been wronged of their
estates in lawsuits, or had their lives taken away by an unrighteous
sentence: Christ will judge things over again, and will give a righteous
sentence. If your estates have been taken away wrongfully, you shall be
restored a thousandfold at the day of judgment. If you have lost your lives
for Christ, you shall not lose your crown; you shall wear an unfading
garland made of the flowers of paradise.
Use two: Meditate much upon the day of judgment.
Feathers swim upon the water—but gold sinks into it; so, light,
feathery people float in vanity; they mind not the day of judgment; but
serious spirits sink deep into the thoughts of it.
(1.) The meditation of this last day should make us very
sincere. We should labor to approve our hearts to God, the great
judge and umpire of the world. It is easy to look good before men—but there
is no dissembling or prevaricating with God. He sees what the heart is—and
will accordingly pass his verdict.
(2.) The meditation of Christ's coming to judge us,
should keep us from judging our brethren. We are apt to judge the
final state of others; which is for men to step into Christ's place, and
take his work out of his hand. "Who are you that judge another?" You who
pass a rash sentence upon another, you must come yourself shortly to be
judged, and then, perhaps, he may be acquitted, and you
Use three: So live, that, at the last day of judgment,
you may be sure to be acquitted, and have the glorious privileges with which
the saints shall be crowned.
How is that?
(1.) If you would stand acquitted at the day of judgment,
(1:) Labor to get into Christ. "That I may be found in
him." Faith implants us into Christ, it engarrisons us in him, and then
"there is no condemnation." There is no standing before Christ—but by
being in Christ.
(2:) Labor for humility, which is a kind of
self-annihilation. "Though I am nothing." Christian, have you great
abilities? Can you cover them with the veil of humility, as Moses, when his
face shone, put a veil over it? If you are humble, you shall be acquitted at
the day of judgment. "He shall save the humble person." A humble man judges
himself for his sins, and Christ will acquit those who judge themselves.
(2.) If you would stand acquitted at the last day, keep a
clear conscience. Do not load yourself with guilt, and furnish your judge
with matter against you. "The Lord," says Paul, "has appointed a day in
which he will judge the world." How would Paul fit himself for that day?
"Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence
toward God and toward men." Be careful of the first and second table; be
holy and just. Have hearts without false aims, and hands
without false weights. Keep conscience as clear as your eye, that no
dust of sin fall into it. Those who sin against conscience, will be
shy of their judge; as such as take in prohibited goods cannot endure to see
the searchers that are appointed to open their packs. Christian, your pack
will be opened at the last day, I mean, your conscience (and Christ is the
searcher), to see what sins, what prohibited goods you have taken in; and
then he proceeds to judgment. Oh! be sure to keep a good conscience; which
is the best way to stand with boldness at the day of judgment. The voice of
conscience is the voice of God. If conscience, upon just grounds, acquits
us, God will acquit us. "If our heart condemns us not, then have we
confidence toward God."
(3.) If you would stand acquitted at the last day, trade
with your talents for God's glory; lay out yourselves for him; honor him
with your substance; relieve Christ's members, that you may be acquitted. He
who had five talents traded with them, and made them five talents more; "His
Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant!"
(4.) If you would stand acquitted at the day of judgment,
get a sincere love to the saints. Love is the truest touchstone of
sincerity. To love grace for grace, shows the spirit of God to be in a man.
Does conscience witness for you? Are you perfumed with this sweet spice of
love? Do you delight most in those in whom the image of God shines? Do you
reverence their graces? Do you bear with their infirmities? A blessed
evidence that you shall be acquitted in the day of judgment. "We know that
we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren." 1 John