Memorise 1 Corinthians 7:19
“…is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.”
DO WE NEED TO BE CIRCUMCISED TODAY?
The circumcision of males was a very controversial topic during the time of the early church. The Apostle Paul had to deal with it at length in several of his epistles because it created many problems between the Jews and Gentiles. The reason for this was because circumcision was something the Jews held as a necessary part of salvation. God commanded Moses to institute the practice of circumcision and the Jews followed strictly to it for thousands of years. Circumcision was a sign of the covenant or promise that God made with His people. To the Jew, without circumcision, a person could not possibly be saved. However, as with many other practices in the OT, God actually only meant for them to be symbolic and to point to the work of Christ. With the coming of Christ, these practices were no longer necessary. This was something very drastic from the point of view of the Jews. The Apostles had to teach in no uncertain terms that with Christ, circumcision was no longer necessary. God authenticated what they said by blessing them with the ability to perform miracles.
In our passage for today, Paul says that the Colossians were circumcised with a circumcision that was done “without hands”. What this meant was that this circumcision was spiritual nature, not physical. Paul stated that nonetheless, they were circumcised, but this circumcision was the result of repentance and the work of Christ. Furthermore, their own sinful selves were buried and through faith, and just as God raised Christ from the dead, so were the believing Colossians raised unto salvation. Basically, what Paul was saying was that physical circumcision is not necessary for salvation. Salvation is a process of circumcision of the heart, of repentance, faith and the work of God through Christ. The Gentile Colossians had access to salvation without the need to be circumcised.
What this means for us today is that salvation is not limited to the Jews only but has been made available to all. We have to reflect and be thankful to God for how He has saved us and that salvation is not based on works but simply based on what Christ has done for us on the cross! It was His blood that was shed, that makes it possible for our sins to be cleansed. By faith we believe this, and by faith we are saved.
Thought: How does the fact that salvation is made freely available to you make you feel?
Prayer: Merciful Father, thank You for saving me!