It is a Matter of the Heart.
"For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God."
Circumcision was initiated by God with Abraham. God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham to make him the father of many nations and give him the promised land (Genesis 17:1-8). Circumcision is the sign of the covenant that Abraham was to keep in obedience to God (Genesis 17:9-14). Circumcision was a commitment to be obedient to God and thus receive what He promised.
The Jewish people came to believe that merely external circumcision was enough to fulfill the covenant even if they disobeyed God. Paul says an external practice does not make a person right with God. An obedient person who is not circumcised is in better standing with God than a circumcised Jew who is disobedient.
Romans 2:29 describes the true Jew, "29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God."
Are you right with God because you go to church, observe holidays in certain ways, wear the right clothes and yet inwardly complain, lust, and watch crud in the secret of your home?
Are you right with God because you have put your trust in Jesus Christ and desire to obey Him?
If you do right religious practices and disobey the word of God you are missing the mark. If you desire the praise of man over the praise of God, you are missing the mark. The true believer seeks the praise of God and seeks to obey God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May you receive the circumcision of the heart by the Holy Spirit through the forgiveness of sin today.
Remember, no matter where you have been, what you have done, or what has been done to you Jesus loves you! Receive His love today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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