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The Works of Francis Bragge ... (1833)

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Francis Bragge

Excerpt from book: SERMON III. THE CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART. Rom. ii. 29. —Circumcision is that of the heart. blessed Saviour, who came into the world to fulfil all righteousness, legal as well as evangelical, and by both to become the Lord our righteousness, when the time of his circumcision was come, according to the law of Moses, submitted to that painful rite, and thereby obliged himself to all other observances of the Mosaic institution : but with this intent, that the world might be freed from that ritual religion for the future, and pay a more rational and spiritual service to the Almighty. He, as the representative of mankind, became, once for all, entirely obedient to that law, and then cancelled all obligation to it for the future: blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, and nailing it to his cross, and for ever after taking it out of the way b: and from the galling yoke of a law of numerous and very burdensome ceremonies translated us into the glorious liberty of the children of Godc, to a religion that will perfect our natures, to a service that is the truest freedom, to a yoke that upon all accounts is easy, and a burden that is light. For it is to be considered, that, although by the coming of Jesus Christ there is a great and veryhappy alteration and improvement made in the manner of our worshipping and serving God: yet still he must be served and worshipped, but in a way far more agreeable both to his nature and our own. And the liberty into which we are translated by the gospel is by no means licentious and uncontrolled, but only what it obliges us to is more rational, and therefore more natural to us, and consequently more easy to be done than the ceremonial observances of the Jews, which had much of labour and bodily toil in them, but tended...  

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