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27 And [kai] shall not [krino] uncircumcision [akrobustia]
which is by [ek] nature [phusis], if it fulfil [teleo] the
law [nomos], judge [krino] thee [se], who by [dia] the letter [gramma] and [kai] circumcision [peritome]
dost transgress [parabates] the law [nomos]? KJV-Interlinear
27 Then he
who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the
written code and circumcision but break the law. ESV
A right thing when done in a wrong way, is wrong. Circumcision is more than just a surgical procedure. It is the symbolism of faith through obedience to the promise of God, when that promise was given by God to Abraham, which Abraham believed, which in turn was long before Abraham was ordered to circumcise himself.
That obedience was in relation to Gods promise of a savior.
Therefore, circumcision teaches faith for salvation. Circumcision merely reflects the existence of that faith.
When circumcision is used in place of faith and faith is not used, then the circumcision is useless and of no spiritual value. This is a disobedience to the purpose of circumcision.
All of mans works or efforts, are useless, when they are used in place of Gods process, and they are in violation of Gods intended purpose.
God has a plan. That plan is clear and simple and understandable. It likewise forbids anything that man can do, as a substitute for Gods plan and purpose.
God demands faith for salvation. God demands instruction for spiritual growth. God demands confession for admission into His presence. There is nothing in this process that allows mans efforts to substitute for Gods defined procedures.
Therefore, when a person, a gentile, follows the promise and purpose of Gods plan, even though he does not have a physical circumcision or follow any other ritual act common to the Mosaic Law, then he is in compliance with Gods intent.
When a Jew, or anyone, who follows the Law to the letter, but excludes faith, then he is not in compliance with Gods intent.
Truth is compliance with Gods plan and purpose and procedure. Truth stands out and condemns all that is false and all that is not in compliance.
Therefore, if you try to do spiritual things in a non-spiritual way, then you are condemned. A right thing when done in a wrong way, is wrong.
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