CIRCUMCISION PROFITS NOTHING
Leslie M. John
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.
Trying to keep Mosaic Law the Jews thought that they need to do something to be saved and it was like being 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 no meaning for him.
Circumcision does good if we are able to keep the Mosain Law in its entirity; but if we break Mosaic law it is equivalent to being uncircumcized. We are reckoned as righteous by faith in Jesus and we are saved by His grace. Neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything to a believer in Christ. Circumcision has relevance if the heart is pure and if we are separated unto God to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. In Romans Chapter 2 Paul condemns the thought that circumcision can save a person. (Romans 2:27-29)
“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” (Romans 2:29)
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.
“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)
It continued in the Old Testament among the children of Israel. During the period of Acts of the Apostles when Peter and John laid hands on Samaritans Holy Spirit came upon them as well. The Jews, who were circumcised, were surprised to see that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured on the Gentiles as well.
“Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost” (Acts 8:15-17)
“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)
“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)
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14)