Blue Flower

Early Friends taught a resurrection from the dead

with a Spiritual body on the Last-Day.

 “Concerning the resurrection . That all shall arise to give an account, and receive at the last day ‘according to their works, whether good or evil.’ These bodies that are dust, shall turn to dust, ‘but God shall give a body as pleaseth him; that which is sown in corruption shall be raised in incorruption; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body; and as we have borne the image of the earthly, so we shall bear the image of the heavenly:’ but ‘flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption; for we must be changed.’ But they who cannot witness the first resurrection within themselves, know nothing of the second, but by hearsay; and therefore, say some of your teachers, that Christ is in heaven with a carnal body. Now that Christ, who is the first fruits, should be in heaven with a carnal body, and the saints with a spiritual body, is not proportionable.” (George Fox)

“Now if Christ be preached (saith the Apostle) that he rose from the dead, how say some among you, that there is no Resurrection from the dead? ver. 12. but if there be no Resurrection of the dead , then is not Christ risen; this is very true, for by the Resurrection of Christ the dead arises, by preaching of his resurrection; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and ye are yet in your sins, then also they which are fallen asleep in Christ are perish'd; but now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that sleep: for since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead ; for as in Adam all died, so in Christ all shall be made alive: there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body, saith the Apostle. And some men will say, how are the dead raised? and with what body do they come? thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die, and that which thou sowest is not the body which shall be, for that thou sowest must die that it may encrease, God giveth it a body as it pleaseth him, but to every seed its own body: so whatsoever seed thou sowest, whether it be Wheat or any other grain, though that which thou sowest die in the ground that it may encrease, yet it bringeth forth its own body, its own nature, its own image.” (Margaret Fell - Fox)

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and 1. Cor. iv. 20, 21. become the first fruits of them that slept; for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead" (Robert Barclay)

“In his Sixth, he supposes us capable of believing that Christ Came of Corrupt and Sinful Flesh, because we say no more in that Place, of the Manner of his Incarnation, than the Evangelist doth, John 1. 14. Also, that we are Defective, at best, Ambiguous, about Eternal Rewards and Punishments. He makes us, in his Seventh Paragraph, to Deny the Resurrection of the Dead, at large, and without Distinction, though we there acknowledge a Future State, which implies it; and have not said one Word against it; but upon all Occasions, in Print, or otherwise, have Express our Belief of that Branch of Christian Doctrine, according to Scripture”  (William Penn)

“In this also we are greatly abused. We deny not, but believe the Resurrection according to the Scripture; not only from Sin, but also from Death and the Grave: But are Conscientiously Cautious in expressing the Manner of the Resurrection intended in the Charge, because 'tis left a Secret by the Holy Ghost in the Scripture. Should People he angry with them for not expressing or asserting what is hidden, and which is more curious than necessary to be known, and in which the Objectors themselves cannot be positive? Thou Fool, is (1 Cor. 15. 36 to 54) to the curious Enquirer, as says the Apostle: Which makes the Quakers contented with that Body, which God shall please to give them hereafter: Being assured that their Corruptible shall put on Incorruption, and their Mortal shall put on Immortality, but in such a Manner as pleaseth God. And in the mean Time they esteem it their Duty, as well as Wisdom, to Acquiesce in his Holy Will. It is enough they believe a Resurrection, and that with a Glorious and Incorruptible Body, without farther Niceties; for to that was the ancient Hope” (William Penn)

“Answer. In this also we are misrepresented: We do not deny, but own the Resurrection of the Dead ; Believing, with the Apostle, that This Corruptible shall put on Incorruption, and this Mortal shall put on Immortality,1 Cor. 15. 54. And indeed, if we did not believe this, we might well say (as he did) If in this Life only we have Hope in Christ, we were of all Men most miserable,ver. 19.And, Why stand we in jeopardy every Hour,ver. 30. But the Lord knows, and we have openly and sincerely declared, that we believe and own the Resurrection of the Dead , according as the Holy Scriptures testify concerning it; Which say, Thou sowest not that Body that shall be, but bare Grain&c. But God giveth it a Body as it hath pleased him, and to every Seed his own Body,ver. 37, 38.It is sown a natural Body; it is raised a Spiritual Body,ver. 44. the reason of which follows ver. 50. namely, That Flesh and Blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, neither doth Corruption inherit Incorruption. And as we firmly believe this; So we take this to be sufficient, without being so curiously inquisitive as he, who would needs ask, How are the Dead raised up? and with what Body do they come?ver. 35. and was called Fool for his Pains, ver. 36.” (Thomas Elwood)

“And whereas thou hast fallaciously insinuated in thy paper, that I had denied the ascension of Christ, the resurrection of the dead , and the general judgment; these I turn back again as lies upon thy own head: some of which are also wilful, because I testified so far as I was required unto these things; especially unto that about the resurrection: to which I said, I did believe, that all both good and evil, must have or know a day of resurrection; but if thou wilt be such a fool, as not to be satisfied with a scripture-like confession, but will be still pressing to know with what body the dead shall rise? Then I say concerning thy carnal imagination of a body; thou sowest not that which shall be now, what body shall be, shall be as pleaseth God, and none knoweth what that is, but he who knows the seeds that must receive their own bodies from God: go learn what that means. And as to a general judgment, I did express my mind, that God had appointed a day in which he would judge the world, by the man Christ Jesus; whom he hath made the judge, both of the quick and dead, and warned thee to take heed, that in that day thou mightest have a name and place among the righteous: and now do again exhort thee to believe the least appearance of his light that now is, as well as is to come; for it is by the light that the works of darkness shall be judged in that day, and so are they now, and this judgment of the light the righteous love, but the wicked and the rebellious come not to it, but reject it.” (Stephen Crisp)