Chapter XXIV.—The Christians’
circumcision far more excellent.
sirs,” I said, “it is possible for us to show how the eighth
day possessed a certain mysterious import, which the seventh day did not
possess, and which was promulgated by God through these rites. But lest I
appear now to diverge to other subjects, understand what I say: the blood
of that circumcision is obsolete, and we trust in the blood of salvation;
there is now another covenant, and another law has gone forth from Zion.
Jesus Christ circumcises all who will—as was declared above
—with knives of stone;20062006 that they may be a righteous nation, a people
keeping faith, holding to the truth, and maintaining peace. Come then
with me, all who fear God, who wish to see the good of Jerusalem. Come,
let us go to the light of the Lord; for He has liberated His people, the
house of Jacob. Come, all nations; let us gather ourselves together at
Jerusalem, no longer plagued by war for the sins of her people.
‘For I was manifest to them that sought Me not; I was found of them
that asked not for Me;’20072007 He
exclaims by Isaiah: ‘I said, Behold Me, unto nations which were not
called by My name. I have spread out My hands all the day unto a
disobedient and gainsaying people, which walked in a way that was not
good, but after their own sins. It is a people that provoketh Me to my