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body, ascends to that abode which is above the
In the same strain, and entirely parallel run the
The same father, in his treatise on Paradise, has the following words: “ He [Christ] hath appointed that every soul should be set apart to (apud inferos sequestrari) or deposited in Hades. until the day of the Lord. It is this very act which constitutes Messiah the Kedosh-Israel, of which epithet it is the radical signification to sanctify, or to set apart to a particular use or place. To this agrees the act of trust which the apostle Paul expresses with regard to his departing spirit; “ I know whom I have believed that 2Tm, 1.12. he is able to keep my deposit against that day.”
This clearly shews in what sense they understood the term Holy One of Israel, which is merely a title of office, and corresponding to the Hagiazón of the New Testament. “ He who sets apart, as they who are set apart, are of one.” Heb. ii. 2.
Besides being set apart, there is contained another radical signification, which in truth is nothing else but a particular modification of the general energy of the verb Kadash, to put in a state of preparation. This is termed by St. Paul a growing up, i. e. an ascending through the different degrees of the pleroma, purposed by God, and ripening for a higher and more glorious abode at the last day. On this head the apostle expresses himself in a manner somewhat singular. He views the issue of all the various labours of the different of. ficers which have been, or shall be in the church of Christ, to be the arrival of every redeemed soul“ into a uniformity of faith and of the knowledge of the son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ :" and to shew that this can refer to no period of earth, he says it is that “ we should no longer be children, tossed and carried about with every wind of doctrine." Now there never was a time or æra in the church of Christ, not even excepting the age of the apostles, when the children of God were not liable to be tossed about in some degree or other, by mistakes in sacred things., He continues, " but that possessing things in their unveiled essence (aletheuontes.") Eph. iv.1315, we should grow up to the standard which Messiah exhibits in his human nature, as having gained the extreme point of salvation to which all his followers are destined to arise.
In that apology which Tertullian wrote in behalf of the Christian religion, we see, as to the invisible state, not his individual opinion only, but that of the whole church. “And if we name the place of celestial delights which is destined for the reception of the saints, paradise, we do not mean heaven.
Therefore that region I call Abraham's bosom, and although not the heavenly country, yet is intended in the mean time to furnish refreshments to the souls of the righteous, until the end of the world bring forth the resurrection of all, with the fulness of reward."
This doctrine of the intermediate refreshments of the saints, was a very antient article of the Jewish church. It appears principally in the Chaldee paraphrase. In that passage of Isaiah, 3.3.20 where it is said, “ thine eyes shall behold Jerusalem a quiet habitation.” The language of the Chaldee is, “ Thine eyes shall behold the consolation of Jerusalem.” From this paraphrase being soʻmuch used in the service of the synagogues, its language and views became familiar to the CCC 2
Hebrew nation, and at all times was a never
As might be expected, this hope of future consolation mingles in the writings of the apostles and the Thalmudists. In the evangelist Luke, 6.24 our Lord says, “ Woe to you, ye rich, for ye
have received your consolation;" i. e. while the hopes of the truly righteous fix on the consolation of Israel, or refreshments of the invisible world, the consolation to which you directed the 'eye, was your wealth, and this
have got. The woe pronounced lay in this, that in the consolation of Israel they were never to participate. Such is the very sentiment which Abraham expresses to the rich man in Hades. “ Son, remember that thou in thy life time hast had (Ta Agatha sou) thy consolation, but now he is (Lazarus) paracaleitai, in the possession of his, and thou art tormented.”_
Knowing,” says St. Paul, “ that as you are par- 2 Cor. 1.549 takers of the sufferings of Christ, so shall ye be of the consolation.” Hence he calls Jehovah the God of patience and of consolation. Rom. xv. 5. These two terms may be viewed as in the abstract instead of the concrete, to denote they who wait and they who are comforted. Their synonyme, expectants of Jehovah, often occurs in the Hebrew scriptures. Of this abstract form there are several examples in the New Testament. Thus St. Paul employs circumcision (peritomè) to signify the Jews; and uncircumcision ( Acrobustia) to denote the Gentiles; and apostacy (hypostold) to express apostates. Heb. x. 39. So Peter and 6.LT James employ the term dispersion (diaspora) as comprehending all Jews who were living in foreign countries. Nay, what is still more deserva ing remark, St. Paul terms this consolation the Phil. 2-1 consolation of the hidden period (paraclesis aibnios). In Hebrew this would be (nehamath-olam.) In our version it is rendered everlasting ; but this will not apply to the glorified state after the resurrection, because comfort is in its very nature intermediate,* and implies something given in the interim to enable to support the absence of an expected good. When that arrives, the comfort is
* Ne tam longa expectatio animum cruciaret, etiam solatia piis, medio tempore, concessa quæ Hebræi vocant (NuachEden) the repose of Eden. Grotius.