A New and More Perfect Edition

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John 5:26-31 (29)

In one of his lighter moments, Benjamin Franklin penned his own epitaph. He didn’t profess to be a born-again Christian, but it seems he must have been influenced by Paul’s teaching of the resurrection of the body. Here’s what he wrote:

The Body of

B. Franklin,


Like the Cover of an old Book,

Its contents torn out,

And stript of its Lettering and Guilding,

Lies here, Food for Worms,

But the Work shall not be wholly lost:

For it will, as he believ’d, Appear once more,

In a new & more perfect Edition,

Corrected and amended

By the Author.

He was born Jan. 6. 1706.

Died                    17

 (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin. P. 44.)

Unfortunately Benjamin Franklin’s hope was unfounded.   Just hoping that God will correct our lives when we die is not enough.  There is no hope for resurrected life except through Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8,9)  Paul writing to the Christians at Corinth said, “51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Cor 15:51-53

by Dr. Gayle Woods



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