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Inward Jews

22 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 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. (Romans 2:25-29)

What did Paul mean by all that? What’s did he mean by, ‘if someone is circumcised and yet doesn’t keep law it’s like he hasn’t be circumcised,’ and vise versa? And do you mind reminding me how again does this all applies to me today?

First, we have to understand what Paul meant. Paul is talking about physical and Spiritual circumcision here. More important than that however, is that here he is talking about how physical circumcision doesn’t mean a thing, unless you’re Spiritually circumcised; able to obey the law. Which, if you’re wondering, is impossible for anyone to do except for Jesus.

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (James 2:10)

 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matthew 5:21-26)

Second, we have to figure out how it’s possible to be circumcised inwardly in a way that’s not physical… In other words, we have to figure out how a person can be Spiritually circumcised, and we have to figure out what exactly that is.

11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[a] was put off when you were circumcised by[b] Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12)

Being Spiritually circumcised is to have Jesus cut off your sinful nature; your “flesh”. Which is only possible through his death on the cross for us.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[c] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)

Third, we have to figure out what it means to be Spiritually Circumcised. In essence, this is pretty much like the question, “what it it like to be a Christian?, because in essence, there both the same thing. – Being Spiritually circumcised means that we are now a quote and quote “inward Jew,” instead of “outward Jews”:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. (Matthew 23:27)

… To put it another way, it means we have been saved by grace, and now live a new life in Christ. And it means we’ve realized that we can’t, in fact, keep the law perfectly and therefore we have realized we have to rely on Jesus for salvation.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– (Ephesians 2:8)

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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