Circumcision

Circumcision 71st Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Whether Jew or Gentile is not the matter because Yah is no respecter of persons.  Both are equal under the renewed covenant. The basis for this equality is to be immersed by the same Spirit into the same body.

Romans 3:22-23 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Both for the Jew and for the Gentile alike, Paul implies that Yah considers one righteous because they believe in Yahushua as Messiah. All have sinned and are in need of forgiveness and redemption because we all fall short.

1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

There is no one who does not sin.

Romans 3:29-30 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

Here is the question.  Is Elohim the God of the Jews only?  Isn’t He also the God of the Gentiles?  He (Yah)  justifies the circumcision by faith AND uncircumcision by faith.  He is Elohim to both.

Circumcision 3 Yah’s Oneness is that He considers the circumcised and the uncircumcised on the grounds of trusting.  Both grow up out of the soil of faith, trusting in Yahushua and it is Yah then who declares them righteous because they place their trust in His Son. It is the stream of faith that One is carries both into salvation.  The Jews have their history in faith and salvation and this is where they come out of.

For the Gentile,  this is not their national history but the Gentile joins their family. We know this because it happened in the Exodus. We are graft in by faith in their Elohim who we have come to call upon as our Elohim, through faith.

Those Gentiles who came out of Egypt were called Sojourners.   But in all reality, both Jew and Gentile even then were  strangers before the God of Israel.

1st Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

Yet as we learn from the author of Hebrews that they all died in faith and did not receive the promise, however they saw the promise afar off,  believed and embraced the promise and admitted that there were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.   The point being that they accepted the gift of promise ~ by faith.

The righteousness which Yah confers through His Son is absolutely the same for Gentiles and Jews.  We are identified as His chosen people (Called and chosen) not by what we do to ourselves as in circumcision,  but who we are by faith in His Son and faith in Torah which is Yah’s instruction to us all.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Our identity is maintained in our love for one another because of the Spirit who makes us One in Elohim, the Father.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Paul is saying that neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters,  so far as being accepted on the grounds of trusting in Yahushua is what matters.  We express ourselves through good deeds done in love, in His name;  because it is Him that we (through our love), are re-presenting to the world.

The importance of our holiness all streams from what we learn through the Spirit and the word. We can not sidestep our spiritual growth based on any outward appearance.  That alone avails nothing.  Our faith is what works the Love of Elohim.  For those who are hidden in Yahushua HaMashiach, we need to be more concerned with the welfare of others and not that of ourselves as long as we ourselves are walking in Spirit  and truth by faith.

Paul says it too:  we ‘wait for the hope of righteousness’, through the Spirit by faith.  Neither being circumcised or un-circumcised matters.  It doesn’t ‘gain’ us anything.

In the New Testament and the Old, ‘love’ refers to works and not mere feelings, believe it or not. Verse six, refutes the idea that Christianity and Judaism elevate belief over action,  creed over deed. Faith is worked by love.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Circumcision 2 The Bible is a rule of our faith and in it we can find the ways that are Elohim’s ways and His thoughts that are not ours, but no where do I find (So far at least) that our ways and our thoughts should not be in alignment with His; because I believe that they are supposed to be.

Through out Paul’s letter I see a call to conform to the ways of Yahwey and Paul seems to share with us that we might just take our personal interests and nail them to the cross and let Elohim permeate in our heart, mind , body and soul the goals and the growth that He would like to see presented in our lives, all to His glory of course.  Something we all must realize is that Yahwey rules the kingdom and what He say’s will be the way it is.  Once we come to Him by faith in His Son,  this does not negate out learning if His ways and causing them to be ours.  He spoke through the prophet Ezekiel that no stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into His sanctuary

Paul’s warning is to us as well as the folks of Galatia.  Paul said it earlier in

Chapter 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.  He repeats this in a different way here.  “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”

Cleary nothing we do or do not do makes one hoot of a difference.  It is Yahushua that has done all the work on the cross to bring about the Spirit of ELohim into our lives.  What matters is being a new creation of Yah’s because we trust Yahushua and respond to the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Again,  Paul points out even to those at Colossae that our distinction of equality is Christ in us,  the hope of Glory.  It is Yahushua in ‘all’ that gives significance to who we are because He is our life.  Israel are Yah’s chosen people.  He is the God of Israel.  We are His children. We are set apart for His glory not because of who we are but who He is in us.

Now,  am I saying that we shouldn’t get circumcised if we are not.  That is not a question for me to answer and I will tell you why.  One does not know if they are truly a descendent of the JEWISH people. If you know that you are a Jew, then more than likely you would have already been circumcised. Whether one is a Jew or not, as a member of the family, as it was in the day’s of Abraham, every man child among him shall be circumcised, and it was so.

If you are not, scripture is clear:

Genesis 17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant.

Based on what Paul teaches,  I understand him to be telling those he taught (The uncircumcised) that they need not be circumcised in their foreskin but in their heart.  I think to understand what Elohim spoke through Ezekiel is that eventually in the walk of every male who comes to Yah through Yahushua,  would eventually be circumsized according to the law in the heart first and then in the flesh, just as it was the same for Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Romans 4:16-17 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

I am going to throw more scriptures that to me ,  encapsulates Paul’s whole teaching on circumcision and it is found here:

Romans 4:9-11 ¶ 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.  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

Here is how I understand this passage.  Our father Abraham at first was not circumcised. However at some point he did receive the ‘sign’ of circumcision when Yah approached Abraham to draw him into a covenant relationship.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING: ‘A seal of the righteousness of the faith’. This tells me that circumcision is a seal of our faith, like a physical testimony of our faith in action.

Was Abraham actually circumcised in his foreskin?  or was his ’sign’  a seal of righteousness by faith,  just like it is for us who are without circumcision? IT WAS A PHYSICAL SIGN: 

Genesis 17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans that Abraham  would represent all those who would come to believe in Messiah by faith even though they ‘be not’ circumcised.

It was our father Abraham’s faith in being circumcised, receiving the sign so that we who come to Yah in faith through Yahushua,  without being circumcised,  would have righteousness counted toward us (Imputed) simply because we came to Him through faith, not because we were first circumcised in the flesh, but through the heart.

The word imputed in the Greek is logizomai, pronounced  log-id’-zom-ahee is to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively):–conclude, (ac-)count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Logizomai comes from the word logos, pronounced pretty much what it looks like as  log’-os from something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ):–account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say(-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.

Romans 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

I must point out the little word, ‘yet’.

The way that I understand this scripture is that Abraham walked in faith prior to being circumcised and that he received the sign so that he would be the father to all,  those who were circumcised and those who were not. Faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness,  not that he was circumcised.

If this teaching of Paul’s contradicts Elohim  why wasn’t Paul called on the carpet for it?  I would think that we would be reading quite a lot about Paul circumcising as well as baptizing those Gentiles who came into the faith, but we do not.

Like I said,  I only base my belief on Paul’s teaching who was sent to the Gentiles,  not by the disciples,  but by Elohim Himself. We know this because it is written in Act’s chapter nine that the Lord told Ananias “Go, (To Paul)  for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  {My words in parenthesis.}

However, I add here too that just like the rest of the law, circumcision is  required thing that folks were supposed to do according to the law,  once they were graft into the family by the calling, remission of sin and faith that brings one to this point.

And we know physical circumcision will be part of the FUTURE Kingdom.

Ezekiel 44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

Circumcision 4

                               Letter to the Galatians Regarding Circumcision

There is quite a bit of thoughts regarding what Paul believes regarding circumcision. If he is truly teaching the Torah, why would it seem that he appears to be saying that the Gentiles were not required to become circumcised?

Circumcision is a sign of identity. Circumcision was not the covenant itself, but was a sign of the covenant. But is it a requirement for all? Paul insisted to the folks at Galatia that becoming circumcised would profit nothing in Messiah. Gentiles are not required to become a physical Jew in order to show that they love Yahwey.

Paul told the folks at Rome that Abraham was reckoned for righteousness by faith, when Abraham was not yet circumcised. Abraham was not born into a kingly line to inherit the promise of the covenant made with Yahwey. However, Abraham took action in faith in order for him to receive the promises. Paul said that Abraham did receive the sign of circumcision.

Abraham’s faith in action and obedience led to Yahwey making a covenant agreement with him because of his total trust in Yahwey. Abraham not only placed his faith in action by receiving the sign of circumcision, Abraham also showed his faith in Torah, the Teachings of Yahwey. Yahwey told Abraham that he and his seed after him in their generations, every man child shall be circumcised. Torah sanctifies a believer after he is justified by faith and Torah teaches us right from wrong. Therefore; obedience is the evidence of one’s faith, just like it was for Abraham. Yahwey told Abraham that he shall circumcise his foreskin and doing so would be the token between him and Yahwey. {Genesis chapter 17}

When Yahwey made the covenant with Abraham, it was because Abraham obeyed and preserved His statutes, commandments and laws. We know from the letter to the Romans that Paul continued to teach physical circumcision. However, in the letter to the folks at Galatia, it first appears that Paul is in opposition to the law of circumcision for the Gentiles.

Romans 4:9-12 ¶ 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. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

Abraham was brought into Covenant before he became physically circumcised. Abraham was ninety nine years old when he was circumcised and this faith in action ratified the covenant agreement between Abraham and Yahwey. Even though Abraham was not birthed from a kingly line, he would become a forefather of kings to come and ultimately, King of kings.

Does Shaul say that if one becomes physically circumcised, Messiah’s sacrifice will profit them nothing? No, he does not. What Paul does say is this: “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.” [Galatians 5:2] It becomes obvious that Paul was directing his comments to folks who were trying to gain Messiah by their own hands, by something they could do.

Many people confuse the two different factions that had come to Galatia. At the beginning of chapter two, Paul refers to some false brothers secretly brought in to spy out their freedom in Messiah and how they tried to reduce them into slavery by legalism and how they did not yield to this faction of peoples at all. This faction was making the claim that one needed to be circumcised before they could be in covenant, which is absolutely not true. We know this because of the conversion of Abraham. Now that Messiah had come, one needed to repent, seeking Yah’s forgiveness; through trusting in His Son, turn away from sin (Disobedience to law) and be immersed into Messiah. Once one does this, they take up their own cross and begin to follow in His footsteps. These false brothers were basically saying that if the Gentiles at Galatia were not circumcised first, their trust and faith in Messiah had been insufficient and they would loose everything Yahushua had given them freely. This faction that favored circumcision of Gentiles prior to conversion by faith were under the mistaken belief that one must ‘physically’ become a Jew before they could extend their faith in Messiah.

Later on in that same chapter Paul writes of how some folks came from Jacob (James) and how he had to rebuke Kepha (Peter) because he had sat down with the Gentiles and ate with them and had no problem. Nevertheless, now with these folks who were of the circumcision that had come from Jacob, all the sudden Peter in a moment of fear and weakness, flip flops.

First and foremost, the scripture does not tell us that Jacob actually sent these folks. This group certainly could have come to Galatia all on their own. Several years earlier Peter himself had shared his explanation after the conversion of Cornelius that had at first satisfied what I will refer to as the ‘circumcision faction’. Evidently, there were still some who still did not agree and had come to Galatia to try and persuade the Gentiles that they first needed to become a physical Jew first.

If Paul had written that Jacob had sent these folks, that would not coincide with the fact that Jacob, Peter and John had given their approval that Paul go to teach the Gentiles as long as he remembered the poor, which Paul eagerly agreed to do. If a person was circumcised first, they would be joining the old covenant and there was no way to have the penalty of sin removed under the old covenant. Their sin would be covered from year to year on Yom Kippur but they would have no hope in Messiah. All those who are already circumcised, still have to come through Yahushua by faith. In due time, we know that they will.

What Paul teaches, he claims that his authority is from Yahushua Himself. He said that he did not receive this authority from man nor was he taught it. We know that Yahushua would never give Paul the authority to say that circumcision was not necessary for a Gentile. We must also assume that because Paul was extremely literate, that he must have known of what the prophet Ezekiel had spoken of, that no stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into Yahwey’s sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

This means that one must be fully circumcised if they intend to enter Yahwey’s sanctuary. No one who is not in a covenantal relationship are going to be either qualified or permitted into His sanctuary. The high priestly order of Melchi-zedek will serve in the millennium sanctuary. The Son’s of Zadok is a righteous order because that is what Zadok means. They will be teaching TRUE righteousness and holiness. NOTHING less than this will be tolerated. In order to be fully righteous and holy enough to serve in this sanctuary, one will be both circumcised in the heart and the flesh. Notice the circumcision of the heart was spoken of ‘first’ by the prophet’s mouth.

If those who were of the ‘circumcision faction’ still believed that they were justified (i.e. ‘saved’) by works of the Law, then they were not trusting in the sacrifice of Yahushua. Paul had spoken correctly and it literally profited them nothing. It will never be the works of man or mans hands that we become justified (i.e’ saved) That would actually be a curse rather than a blessing.

It is as Isaiah said, we are all like an unclean thing, and all our (human) righteousness’s are like filthy rags. Yahushua set us free from the curse of the Torah. Yahwey never intended us to be slave to a writing, but rather slave to Him; showing our affection to Him by our faith put into action before Him. Our ‘doing’ is our faith in action. It’s like Paul said, “If righteousness comes through (works of) the Law, then Messiah died in vain.” Righteousness is by faith, for by faith we have been saved through the grace of Yahwey. If it were not for His grace, we would all still be bound to the curse of Torah, which in very many cases is ‘death’.

For (physical) circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the Law; but if you are a breaker of the Law, your circumcision has become (as) uncircumcision.~ Romans 2:25

Paul would NEVER say that circumcision is indeed profitable if it were not what he truly believed.

Being a Jew by works of the flesh is not what will get one saved. Being a Jew does not even get one automatically saved. What matters is whether or not one keeps the Commandments right now…. by faith. It is the heart condition that matters first and foremost. All else falls into place as we walk toward Yahwey in faith.

Romans 2:26-27 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 fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

QUESTION: “Do we then make void the law through faith?

ANSWER: God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

That is exactly what Paul did when he circumcised Timothy. Paul established the law. Timothy was going to become a minister of the word. In order for Timothy to teach the WORD, then he needed to be in compliance with that Word.

REMEMBER what Paul inquired of the folks at Galatia? ¶ O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? ~ Galatians 3:1-3

Circumcision 6 Conclusion: Circumcision of the heart is by faith. Circumcision of the flesh, meaning physical circumcision; is our faith put into action, thereby a seal of the submission of our flesh…. before our Elohim. We need not be a foolish Galatians that we should not obey the truth. Yahwey is the teacher who brings us to Yahushua that we might be justified by faith.

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