CIRCUMCISION

For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. (Romans 2:25)

Leslie M. John

“And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs”. (Acts 7:8)

Admonishing Galatians time and again, Apostle Paul continues to emphasize on the fact that there is salvation only in Jesus through faith by grace and not by law and works associated with it. Getting entangled with law and with the thought that they need to do something to be saved, is tantamount to be under the yoke of bondage.

About circumcision he condemns it and says that if anyone is of the belief that circumcision is necessary for salvation or for justification, the obsession of such thought will not profit them and Christ and his blood is of nothing to them. Every one, who is circumcised, becomes debtor to the whole law and Christ and his sacrifice has nothing for him.

We are reckoned as righteous only by faith in Jesus and by his grace. Neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything to a believer in Christ. While giving an answer to the high priest Stephen says that Abraham circumcised Isaac on the eighth day in compliance to the covenant that existed between God and him.

It continued in the Old Testament among the children of Israel. But during the period of Acts of the Apostles when Peter was speaking the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles as well. The Jews who were circumcised were surprised to see that on the Gentiles also the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured.

“And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost”. (Acts 10:45)

As we read through Acts 11th Chapter we see that Peter was accused of joining with Gentiles but then he expounded to them as to how God revealed to him that he should not treat unclean that which God has cleansed. (Acts 11:9) In Romans Chapter 2 Paul condemns the thought that circumcision can save a person. (Romans 2:27-29)

Walking in the Spirit and hatred of lust of the flesh are necessary on the part of a believer to lead a holy life. One great truth a believer has to understand is that flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary to each other. If we are of the Spirit and are led by the Spirit we are not under the law and would not yield to the desires of the flesh.After having known of the love of God through His one and only begotten son, Jesus, why would we turn yet unto beggarly elements like observing the days, months, times and years, and be subject again to be under the bondage of the law? When the price for our sin and redemption is already paid for, why would we turn again to work for our salvation by ourselves?

Salvation is available free of cost; the price is already paid for. All that is needed on the part of sinner is to believe that Jesus paid the price of his sin on the cross, and that he needs to believe in his heart this fact and accept him as his personal Savior.

Apostle Paul blesses those, who do not voluntarily subject themselves to be under the yoke of law, but accept Christ’s death upon the cross. He says fulfilling the law of Christ is more important than that of the Old Testament laws. No one should boast of himself or glory himself but everyone should glorify Lord Jesus Christ, whose marks were borne by not only Apostle Paul but all those, who realize the efficacy of the blood of Lord Jesus Christ.

“For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision”. (Romans 2:25)