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Circunncifion,

a

type

of

Ghr.

the

piece

of

flesh

without

paine and

forow

of

the

child

:

Neither

'can

the

Mini{ter

take

the

fharpe

weapon

of

the

Law

to

wound

and cut

the body

of

flefli

in any

part,

but

it

will

be

painfull

and

forowfull to

the

child

of

God;

who

will judge and

condemne himfelfe,

and

dares not

Rand

out

the

threats

of

the Law,

as

many contemptu-

ous

rebells

doe.

An

hard

and fecure

heart

is

an

uncir-

cumcifed

heart

:

good

lofiah

will tremble at

the

word

;

but

all

Gods

words

and

plagues

flirre not Pharaoh.

4.

As

that

part cut

off

was never

fet

to

the

body

again,

but was taken

quite

away

for ever

:

So

in

this

circumci-

fìon

of

Chrifl,

is

not

a

parting

with

finne

onely

for

a

time,

but

a

ceafing

of

finne,

that

is,

a

confaant

endeavour

to

forfake

all

firms,

inward, outward,

fecret, open

:

A

parting

from

pleating,

profitable, deare,and bofome

fins;

faying

to

them

(as

Ephraim

to

his

idols,

Hof.

t

4.9.)

get

yee

hence;

what

have

yee

to

doe here

?

with

refolute

purpofe

never

to give

them

entrance,

or

entertainment

more.

Thofe that

fall

to

their

former limes,

as

who

for-

get

they

ever

wafhed

(

like dogs

and

fwine)

were

ne-

ver

circumcifed.

The

skinne once

cut

off died for ever

:

fuch

a

dying

to

finne

muff bee in

this circurncifion.

5.

In

that

was

a

joyning

to

Gods

people,

and

a

recei-

ving

of' the party

into the

Church and

family

of

God:

See

if

thou

beeft

joyned to

Gods people,

not

in

outward

profeffion but

in

fincere

affection;

embracing

them

that

feare

God,

delighting

in

their

fociety, giving them

the

right

hand

of

fellowship, and

with

the hand

the

heart

;

feparating

from

the fellowship

of

the uncircumcifed

and

profane,

as

the

Jews

medled not

with

the

Samaritanes.

Doefl

thou

profeffe circumcifion

and grace by

Chrifl,but

oppofe

and

purfue

the

profeffours of' Chrifiian

religion,

as

Ifmael

him

that

was borne after

the promife

? A

plaine

figue,

all

thy

eircumcifion

was

made

with

hands.

Thy

body was wafhed

with

water

of

Baptifine: but thy

heart

is

unwafhed,

untouched

with

any

water

of

laving

P

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grace.

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