WHEN a great Grecian artist was fashioning an image for the temple, he was diligently carving the back part of the goddess, and one said to him, "You need not finish that part of the statue, because it is to be built in the wall." He replied, "The gods can see into the wall." He had a right idea of what is due to God.  That part of religion which no man can see ought to-be as perfect as if it were to be observed by all. The Day shall declare it.  When Christ shall come, everything shall be made known and published before the universe.  Therefore see to it that it be fit to be thus made known.


"FOR if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised;. . . . then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished." Among the definitions that Webster gives to "perish," are these: "To pass away; to come to nothing; to be blotted from existence." This, then, would be the case with the dead, if there were no resurrection.  The resurrection of the dead is simply the changing of the dead from their present state to one of vitality.  If there were no resurrection, the dead would always remain in just the condition in which they are now.  We must conclude, therefore, in view of Paul's words quoted above, that the dead are temporarily blotted from existence, from which condition they will be rescued by the resurrection.