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IGNATIUS: Chapter VII.—Continuation.
And that our bodies are to rise again, He shows when He says, “Verily I say unto you, that the hour cometh, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.” 1206 And [says] the apostle, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1207 And that we must live soberly and righteously, he [shows when he] says again, “Be not deceived: neither adulterers, nor effeminate persons, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor fornicators, nor revilers, nor drunkards, nor thieves, can inherit the kingdom of God.” 1208 And again, “If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised; our preaching therefore is vain, and your faith is also vain: ye are yet in your sins. Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. If the dead rise not, let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.” 1209 But if such be our condition and feelings, wherein shall we differ from asses and dogs, who have no care about the future, but think only of eating, and of indulging 1210 such appetites as follow after eating? For they are unacquainted with any intelligence moving within them.
John 5:25, 28.108:1207
1 Cor. xv. 53.108:1208
1 Cor. vi. 9.108:1209
1 Cor. 15:13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 32.108:1210
Literally, “coming also to the appetite of those things after eating.” The text is doubtful.
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