Bounds Ineffable Glory: Thoughts on the Resurrection

Bounds – The Ineffable Glory: Thoughts on the Resurrection

In EM Bounds ineffable Glory, thoughts on the resurrection, Bounds looks at the ressurrection in 22 chapters.

The Ineffable Glory: Thoughts on the Resurrection

By Rev. Edward M. Bounds
with an Introduction by Rev. Homer W. Hodge
Hodder & Stoughton: Limited I: London
COPYRIGHT 1907
By Homer W. Hodge
COPYRIGHT 1921
By George H. Doan Company
FORMERLY ISSUED UNDER THE TITLE OF
“The Resurrection”

—> Contents of The Ineffable Glory: Thoughts on the Resurrection<— DCox

1. Prefatory 16
2. The Diurnal and Annual Resurrection 17
3. The Whole Man Immortal. 21
4. Christ the First Fruits op the Resurrection 28
5. Death’s Realms Invaded… 35
6. Resurrection Power Lodged in Jesus Christ 40
7. God the Security: Resurrection Day Is a Pay Day 46
8. “In Christ Shall All be Made Alive” 50
9. The Resurrection: The Essence of the Gospel 56
10. The Judgment and the Resurrection 64
11. Not Another Body But the Same Body 70
12. A Literal Resurrection: The Bible Teaching 75
13. Belief m the Resurrection as the Corner Stone of tub Christian Dispensation.’ 85
14. The resurrection of the Body Complete 91
15. Wesley’s Argument for a Resurrection and Not a Creation… 101
16. The Christian’s Body Raised Immortal and Incorruptible.. 109
17. Some Bodies Will Shine More Brightly than Others… 116
18. Christ’s Resurrection the Pledge and Symbol of Ours… 121
19. This Changed Body Will Never Know Weakness, Tears or Decay 126
20. And As We Have Borne the Image of the Earthy, We Shall Also Bear the Image of the Heavenly 131
21. Our Bodies Changed Instantaneously AT Second Coming of Christ 135
22. Weariness, Waste, Weakness Herb —Deathless Energy There. 140.

INTRODUCTION

The family Bible shows that the father of Rev. Edward M. Bounds, Thos. Jefferson Bounds, was born in Maryland Sept. 5th 1801.

His mother, Hester Ann Pumell, was born in Maryland. They married November 12th 1823.

Came to Kentucky, lived there for a few years, then moved to Marion County, Mo. Edward M.

Bounds was born in Shelbyville, Mo, April the 15th 1835. His father, Thos. J. Bounds, died and was buried in Shelby

County. His mother died in 1882, June the 7th, and was buried In Kirksville, Mo.

Edward M. Bounds and his brother, Charles L, went to California under the lure of the gold discovery in 1849. Bounds was then only 14 years old. It is said that he and his brother were the only two boys who went across the plains — and carried their religion with them.

There were eight brothers and three sisters born to the family of Thos. J. Bounds, father of Edward M. Bounds. Edward M. studied law and was admitted and located in Hannibal, Mo, {vi} but the urgency to preach was so insistent that he gave up law after two years. He joined the Confederate Army at the opening of the war and was made a chaplain.

Bishop W. F. Mallalicu, having read these chapters on The Resurrection, said in 1908, “I have recently read two books by Rev. Edward M. Bounds. The classical quotations at the heads of the chapters are more than worth the money asked for the books. Bounds says the resurrection of Jesus Christ was complete, literal, entire and absolute; that the resurrection of the bodies of the dead, whatever disposition may be made of them, whether buried in the sea or burned to ashes, will be precisely analogous to the resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ.”

I met this great saint in May 1905, when he was 70 years old. He was then writing his Preacher and Prayer and these “thoughts on the Resurrection.” We shared our board and bed with him off and on until he died. It was worth much to hear him talk. He would sit for hours in silent meditation and prayer and then begin in a delightful slow, sweet way, and if we broke in upon him he became very intense. To understand his meaning and his earnestness at times was painful. He coaxed us to rise with him at the 4 a. m. hour and wrestle for the lost world and for money to publish his books. At last God gave him the loan of enough money to publish {vii} Preacher and Prayer and The Resurrection in 1907. The two books were written (figuratively speaking) in his blood and saturated through and through with his tears. Brother Bounds took his edition of The Resurrection home with him to Washington, Georgia, and there they remained locked up for 12 years. He wrote me in Brooklyn, N. Y 15th Dec 1911, these words, “These books I send you as a gift are my books on The Resurrection. They are God’s great truths and will serve you well and any who read to refresh on that vital truth. On 21st Dec 1911, he having so many of these books in his attic stored and no way to sell them, writes me these lines, “I send you via express twenty-five copies. They must be out preaching. They are God’s truths.

Choose your occasion and persons; give them away for God. I would like to see New York City sowed down with them.” Scatter them as you can and more if you can and I will send them to you gladly. His longing soul knew the great hope of the Christian and he was interceding with God that his precious and priceless book might have readers for God’s glory and God answered though ten years later, and now with, a becoming binding and enterprising publishers one of the most glorious of all spiritual doctrines is opened and portrayed scripturally to a reading world who desire to read all he has ever written.

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Dr. A. F. Scofield of London, England, in {viii} studying the history of the Roman Empire written by Polybius, the famed historian, discovered that the Roman army used three trumpet calls in breaking camp. First, the trumpet blew loud and continuous for a few moments, which meant, “Strike your tents, pack your baggage, secure the animals.” The second trumpet was to assemble the companies, battalions, in a formation and await the last trumpet. The last trumpet was simply “March.” The argument would run thus: Paul was among Roman soldiers at different places and even chained to one in Rome and had no doubt often heard the Three Trumpets sounding in the years gone among the victorious legions of imperial Rome. Being therefore familiar with the sound of the trumpets and their meaning he utters this marvelous statement in 1st Corinthians 15:52; ia reference to the resurrection (thirty-five years before St. John wrote the nth chapter of Revelations), “Behold I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trump.” The inference is that Paul made no reference at all to John’s seventh trump in Revelations, but referred to the third trump of the Romans. If this hypothesis is true then we stand with those who are God*s eagles.

Having heard the first and second trump, we await the last command, “March,” that we may {ix} be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord m the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Bounds’ interpretation is that Christ will come to be glorified in all them that believe when that prayer of His shall be answered, “Father, I will that they whom Thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory.” He did not believe that Christ would come to be glorified in only a portion of His saints and admired only m so many of them that believe as have lived before the millennium, the rest to be brought in by degrees after Christ comes and to remain in the flesh as subjects of the former class.

Thank God that Christ purchased on the cross virtual redemption and actual redemption. Our Spirits have been virtually redeemed and actually redeemed: while the body has been only virtually redeemed. Eph. 1:14: “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the Purchased Possession.” The purchased Possession is the body, it has not been actually redeemed until God glorifies it at the Resurrection.

Then “the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the {x} air and 90 shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” Glory be to God, Amen.

Homer W. Hodge.
Brooklyn, N. Y.

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Sample Chapter CHAPTER V. Death’s Realms Invaded

I am not so ignorant of the temper and tendency of the age in wihich I live as either to be unprepared for the sort of remarks which the literal interpretation of the Evangelist will call, or to attempt an answer to them. Visionary ravings, obsolete whimsies, transcendental trash, and the like J leave to pass. — S. T. Coleridgs.

The attitude of Jesus Christ to the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is one of familiarity and matter of course. la the sixth chapter of John with what an emphatic, authoritative manner he deals with it as a generally acknowledged, great basic fact! “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

This resurrection he puts as the declared purpose and will of God, that he should raise them up at the last day. This was imperative if he accomplishes God’s design. The capsheaf of God’s purposes for Jesus Christ was that he {36} should raise the dead. Again he returns to this great thought, purpose, and fact: “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Again he iterates the fact, and declares that he is committed to it The Father commits it to him. The resurrection power is lodged in Jesus.

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath seat me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Again Jesus gives utterance to the important statement: “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day,”

Death and him that had the power of death — that is, the devil — against these, the author of evil and his works, Jesus Christ set himself. He declared himself to be the resurrection and the life, that death in every form, in every way, and at every place, must yield to him. We stress and iterate the fact that he is life. “If a man keeps my saying, he shall never see death.” “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” “I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” “I am come that {37} they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” Life against death Is he. Jesus Christ, the source of all deathless energy, by absolute and eternal fitness, by a matter of course, and by character he is the foe, the destruction of death.

He is coequal, coeternal “with the Father, and pours the Father’s full tide of life on the world.

“For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto’ the Son, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he even to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.”

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are In the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done ill, unto the resurrection of {38} judgment.” He had made strong declarations of life, eternal life, and of a spiritual resurrection; seeing their wonderment, he goes on to declare a greater marvel still — the resurrection of the body from the grave as the inevitable sequence of the life in his Father and in himself. All shall come forth — death shall yield its hold, and the grave delivers its prisoners long held. All shall come forth — not a body left — not an atom of the grave’s dust but shall have the touch and taste of the resurrection life. Jesus Christ tells his disciples that when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels he will reward every man according to his works. To secure this end, the resurrection is a necessity.

The transfiguration of Jesus is one of the typical facts of the resurrection of the body; not only of the glorious change, but of the renewed life of the body and of the general judgment day.

The presence of Moses and Elijah there are the trophies as they appear in glory of the resurrection power of Christ. It is a distinct prophecy and foreshadowing of the coming of the body out of the power and ravages of death. Moses and Elijah appear at this hour as the first fruits of the resurrection glory. It is worthy of remark that it is here as well as in the continuous ministry of Christ that the body, this body of our humiliation, has its sign and pledge of its future glory.
“I will raise him up at the last day.” These {39} iterated words deserve great and grave consideration — there Is to be a day, a great day, a tremendous day; the last day, the closing of this world’s history. Time shall be no more. Eternity, changeless eternity, will begin its new history for man. Paul calls it “the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;” the day when “the dead, small and great, shall stand before God.” The raised dead — raised from their sleep in proud city cemetery or the silent forsakenness of the unmarked loneliness of the country sleeper; from the ocean depths, shrouded and entombed for ages in its restless, defiant, fathomless caves; from the dismal abodes of the Hades whose waves and fires were but the voices which told of deeper waves and fiercer fires to come. This is the day when Christ is committed to the raising of his dead ones, when his and man’s last enemy, death, shall be destroyed.

“Last dayl” Day of God’s glory and power!

Day of terror and alarm to the unbelieving and impenitent — their eternal doom I Day of renown and victory to Jesus Christ, of infinite comfort to all his saints. Infinite comfort I Infinite in measure and infinite in length. This last day is one of God’s appointed days — God’s decreed days.

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