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gospel" (II Tim. 1: 10). Elihu told Job of a "ransom" that delivered man from the pit
(Job 33: 23-25), and so Hosea says of the Lord:
"I will ransom thee from the power of the grave."
But this is not all:
"I will redeem thee from death",
for the Saviour said of His sheep "They shall never perish", and of those who attain to the
resurrection in connection with eternal life, it is written "Neither can they die any more"
(Luke 20: 36). Death moreover is the last enemy that shall be destroyed:
"O death, I will be thy plagues;
O grave, I will be thy destruction",
and of this blessed consummation the Lord declared:
"Repentance is hid from mine eyes."
There are types of resurrection which we have not included in our survey and many
allusions and statements in Prophecy and Psalm that could supplement what is here
presented. We have however, a richer field to explore, namely the N.T. where type,
prophecy and promise find their fulfillment in the Person and Work of Him, Who at a
graveside could declare:
"I am the Resurrection and the Life."
The Witness of the Gospels.
pp. 81 - 86
We have passed in review some of the answers which the O.T. gives to the age old
question "If a man die, shall he live again?" There are other types and somewhat obscure
references which we have passed over, as our space is limited and our purpose simple. It
may seem a strange question to ask, "With what books of the N.T. shall we start?" The
natural answer will be "With the Gospels, of course". Before we do this there are one or
two facts that must be recognized. The notes in Matt 27: 8 and 28: 15 "unto this
day" are in harmony with the accepted view that Matthew's Gospel was not written until
some years after the events recorded. It is even possible that the first literature of the
N.T. was one of the early epistles of Paul. It is morally certain that the thousands who
believed on and after the day of Pentecost, never saw one of the Gospels, for only seven
weeks intervened. When Luke wrote his gospel he set forth in order a declaration of
things which were already most surely believed among them, and in which his hearer had
already been instructed.