We have now traced the elect through Christ the seed substance (Psalms Cxxxix, 16; Galatians iii, 16;) born of God, the Father (John i, 13; 1 Thessalonians i, 1;) partakers of, but not made up out of flesh and blood (Hebrews ii, 14; 1 John iv, 2:) brought up from under the law and from under its curse Matthew xix, 28: 1. Peter m, 3.
And, we may well close this testimony with a reference to its crowning glory "The Resurrection of the dead:" yea, "The Resurrection from the dead," for assuredly is Christ "preached that he rose from the dead;" "but now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept." "Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians xv, 12, 20, 57.
We must bear in mind, however, that any discussion of the "Resurrection of the dead," Philippians iii, 11, must witness that "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body," I Corinthians xv, 44; that is, the same body, the identical body deposited in the grave is the body brought up from the grave, but changed in the resurrection from natural to spiritual.
"Wherefore, comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians iv, 18.