More on Circumcision

I have written several times on this topic, now, but I have just realized that not once have I given the scripture to fully back up my position.  Which is (for the record) that you do NOT need to be physically circumcised any longer.  I wrote somewhat about it yesterday, and some people had difficulty accepting it.  I had said that not one jot or tittle shall pass from Torah until Heaven and Earth pass away.  I also said that all bloodshed of the OT is still required… the only change is that Messiah shed it for us – past, present, and future – once for all.  But people had trouble with the ‘Do this for all generations’… they somehow still think this is literal.  Well, Paul vehemently disagrees.

Rom 2:25  For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men,but of God. What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

So… circumcision IS for all people for all generations. But the physical blood part is NOT – it’s been taken care of by Yahshua, and now is a circumcision of the heart, to be done by ALL generations. Paul says so here, and assures us that there IS NO profit to an outward circumcision.  Check this, too:

1Co 7:19  Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Gal 5:6  For in Messiah Yahshua neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Rom 4:8  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

As I was saying yesterday (and on several other occasions), circumcision *is* for all generations, but it’s not the same as it was before.  Before Messiah it was the sign that we were ‘cut off’ from our sins.  But it was JUST a sign, and one that required blood.  Messiah took over the blood part, and now that shedding of blood is no longer required.  ‘In Messiah Yahshua neither circumcision availeth any thing.’  What’s important?  Having a ‘faith which worketh by love’ in Him, and ‘the keeping of the commandments of God’.  So if you keep Torah and put faith in Messiah by following Him.  EXACTLY what I wrote yesterday.

And by the way, any person who says you must be circumcised of the flesh?  They are in blatant contradiction to ALL of the scriptures I have just quoted.  And standing in a place against the Word of Adonai isn’t a good thing.

FiNaL NoTe:  I was not planning on writing this today, so it’s going to be an unusual posting day… I’m going to put up TWO blog entries.  Just so’s ya know.  ((wink!))

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  1. Where is your scriptural basis for saying that the Abrahamic circumcision was a sign that we were cut off from sins?

    In Gen 17 Abraham was found blameless and circumcision was a requirement to stay in that covenant.

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