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[The Christian Commonwealth]

"I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection," says sorrowing Martha. "I am the resurrection," says her Lord. In other words, life in Christ is life ascending to the eternal throne, a rising up and going forward of all that has been precious and helpful in our earthly lot. There is no cessation of life, none whatever; properly speaking, there is no death; there is no suspension or destruciton of any good we have ever enjoyed on earth,—there is, maybe, a temporary suspension or interruption of our apprehension of it, but only that we may possess it again on a higher and securer level. Christ bears it upward, as it were, and calls us to follow; or rather, he gently separates us for a while from the object of our regard, that he may purify the relationship from all earthly dross, all admixture of what is selfish and unworthy; and then he bids us rise in him to where it awaits us in the eternal morning, never again to be subject to death, corruption, or decay. Christ thus is himself the resurrection of all the blessing and joy we have ever dreamed of. He leaves nothing precisely as it was, no matter how good or how desirable to our yearning souls. He makes it rise again, gives it back to us, taking nothing from; it, nor suffering it in any wise to be diminished, but adding immeasurably to it and rendering it immune to all assaults of evil and pain forevermore.

[Rev. A. T. Bannister, M.A., in The Christian Commonwealth]

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