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11 In [en] whom [hos] also [kai] ye are circumcised [peritemno] with the circumcision [peritome] made without hands, [acheiropoietos] in [en] putting off [apekdusis] the body [soma] of the sins [hamartia] of the flesh [sarx] by [en] the circumcision [peritome] of Christ: [Christos]KJV-Interlinear
11 and in Him you were also
circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body
of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; NASB
Circumcision is a
physical surgical act, which represents the spiritual principle of salvation.Introduced in Genesis 17, Abraham was
commanded to circumcise himself as well as all of the male members of his
group, in order to be a representative sign of the covenant between God and
Abrahams name was
changed from Abram, just as his physical nature was changed (literally in the
circumcision) as well as symbolically for his belief in Gods promise.
Moses was ordered (Ex.
12), to be circumcised as was his son and all of the male members of the nation
of Israel because they had lost track of the birth ritual of circumcision,
during their four-hundred year enslavement in Egypt.
Zipporah, Moses wife, was not pleased with the ritual, and
after she circumcised her son, threw the dead cut off skin in Moses face,
calling him a husband of blood.Which
oddly enough is also representative of the work of Christ on the Cross.
associated with the Feast and ordinances of the Passover in Ex. 12, and Ezekiel
44 clearly states that anyone who is not circumcised will not be able to
participate in the Passover festivities.Which really means that circumcision is representative of faith in
Christ, which further means that without faith, there is no salvation.Therefore, anyone who rejects circumcision,
symbolizes an unbeliever.And, anyone
who participates in the ritual symbolizes the believer in Christ.
The physical surgical procedure
of circumcision is not faith, but only representative of faith.You still have to believe in Christ in order
to be saved, regardless of whether you are circumcised or not.
Note, that circumcision
is a male surgical procedure, not a female surgical procedure.And even though female circumcision exists,
it is nothing more than an attempt to distort the principle of salvation taught
in the Bible.
Now, circumcision is
the cutting away of the dead skin, which has no useful value, from the male
infants penis, usually at about eight days of age.This represents the process of doctrine,
cutting away the persons unbeliever status (which has no useful value), through
faith in Christ. You might be able to
find a visual example of the surgical procedure online on You-Tube, which would
be a good educational addition to your understanding.
And in so doing makes
way for the usefulness of the individual, through spiritual growth.Which growth was not possible prior to
The circumcision made
without hands, is the spiritual circumcision obtained through faith, making it
now possible for the believer to advance in their spiritual life, because they
have discarded the worthless barrier of unbelief.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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