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Circumcifion,

E

ype

of

aril1.

207

I

I.

Circumcifion

figures

Chrift

:

Circumcifion

I.

As

it

was

a

jewifh

Sacrament

,

wherein

Chrift

figure

ofChriit

fhined eut

clearely

;

who

was

and

is

the fubfiance

of

all

Sacraments

both

jewif

t

and

Chriflian

;

for

Chrift

is

the

fubllance

of

the

whole

Covenant, and

all

the

feales

of

it.

In

this

fence

the

Ap©(lle calls

it afeale

of

the righteoufne7è

Rom.4.i

r.

of

aith:

Namely

s

.

a feale

of

fecresy,that locked

up

the

How

a

Peale

of

Covenant

onely

to that

people.

2. a

witnefling

Peale

righceoufneihe.

whereby

(as by

a

vifible, perpetuall,and

fenfible frgne

in

their

fie

fh,

which

they could never

lay off)

the

Lord

would

t'tili

hold

in

their

fenoes

,

his

owne

prornife

of

I

grace made

unto

them

in

the promifed

Meffiab, and

their

promife

of

obedience made backe

againe

unto

God

tobecomehis

people.

Which

promife

of

theirs,

how

-

foever they

were

to

endeavour

in

;

yet

could

it not

be

fully

performed

for

them, but

in

the

promifed feed,

in

whom

their

imperfect obedience

and

indeavours

were

to

be

covered

and

accepted.

And

thus

is

every

Sacrament

a

frgne

i .

of

grace.

z.

of duty,

and

a

religious

figne

As

every

sacra.

binding

God

to

man and

man

to

God;

3. a

ftrengthning

merit

is

like

-

and

confirming

feale,by

which

the

Lord

pleated

to

ratifie

wife.

the promife

ofgrace,

and

Peale

up

to

them the

inward

and invifrble

.circumcifron

of

the heart

;

called

the Cir-

cumcifsolsof

Chrifl,Col.z.tt.Becaufc

he only by

his

fpirit

can

worke

it,

Deut,3o.6.

I I.

Circumcifion

figures

Chrill,

as

it

was

a`ligne,

t

,

memorative

of

the Covenant

of

God

made

with

A-

i

braham and his feed,

Gen.

1

7.

t

1.

which

mercifull

Cove-

nant

was founded in

Chrift

,jefus,

out

of

whom God

never

contraes

Covenant

with

any

man. He

onely

flay es

hatred,

and

makes

God

and

man to walke toge-

ther

as

friends.

z.

figurative, or

reprefentative

;

fore

-

fhewing

i.

that

the

Mefliah

fhould

bee

borne

of A;

Three

things

brahams feed,and

not

of

the

uncircumcifed nations,w'ho

f,relhewed.

i

,g

to

be

a

Minifter of

the.

Circtimcifon,

was

àlfo

to

Rom.'

5.8.

i%.ceivç

Circumcifion himfelfe,which was fhadov

e'd in

all