“But that divine revelation from whence we learn our religion, opens to us a brighter prospect; it strengthens our eyes to look forward through the glooms of death, and behold the many who sleep in the dust—as awaking and rising— “some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt!” Dan. 12:2.
It assures us, “that the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and shall come forth; those who have done good—unto the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil—unto the resurrection of damnation!” John 5:28-29.
Therefore, be it known unto you, O Death, you king of terrors, that though we cannot now resist your power nor escape your arrest—yet we do not surrender ourselves to you as helpless, irredeemable prisoners.
We shall yet burst your bonds, and obtain the victory over you! And when we commit the dust of our friends or our own to you, O grave! know, it is a trust deposited in your custody, to be faithfully kept until called for by Him who was once a prisoner in your territories, but regained His liberty, and triumphed over you, and put that song of victory into the mouths of all his followers, “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55.”
—Samuel Davies, “Life and Immortality Revealed in the Gospel”