PAUL'S CONCEPTION OF THE RESURRECTION.
Preface: The doctrine of the resurrection from the dead
is one of very remote standing, one of the most mysterious,
and yet very plenarily taught'in the holy Scriptures. Like
many other questions of intangibility, we are dependent
mostly upon divine revelation for its proper treatment.
It is true, we have many striking manifestations from the
field of nature, yet these are more than comprehended by
holy writ. The doctrine is one that suffers no New Testa-
ment circumscription, statements to the contrary notwith-
standing. While it is true, we there find it more fully
taught, and its exemplification practically realized in the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, the saints of old lived in hope
of it and died believing in it. Job 1520 (?) B. C., rejoiced
in knowledge of the fact, that after his skin worms de-
stroyed his body, yet in his flesh should he see God: whom
he should see for himself, and his eyes should behold, and
not another. Job 19:25, 26.
Isaiah, the evangelical prophet, 712 B. C., strongly ac-
claims his faith in the resurrection: "Thy dead men shall
live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake
and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of
herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead." Isa. 26:19.
The courageous Daniel posited his hope in the glories of
the resurrection morn, beyond the stretch of time. "And
many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting
contempt." Dan. 12:2.
We simply call attention to the foregoing, to show that
belief in the resurrection was prevalent among the ancients.