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Release from His protection to pestilence, famine and terror. He gave them into hands of enemies, the resulting penalty for breaking covenant being death. Is there any doubt that God takes covenant quite seriously! The question we will answer is how does the OT truth about covenant parallel the truth about the New Covenant? How did Isaiah describe Messiah in Isaiah ? What role did Malachi ascribe to Messiah in regard to the covenant Malachi ?
Messiah is the Messenger of the Covenant. The Hebrew word for "messenger" is mal'ak which describes one who carries a message, who performs a specific commission or who officially represents the sender. Messiah functioned in all of these capacities. Mt , 27, At the Passover Meal He took common elements, the Bread symbolizing His body and the Wine His blood, and explained it as "the blood of the covenant". In essence these elements depicted Christ's sacrificial offering of Himself.
The bread that had represented the Exodus in the Passover supper now came to represent the body of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. To the Jewish mind the body represented the whole person, not just his physical body. The Old Covenant was ratified repeatedly by the blood of animals offered by men; but the New Covenant has been ratified once and for all by the blood of Jesus Christ Heb. The old deliverance was merely from Egypt to Canaan.
So Jesus took the cup and said it is the "new covenant in My blood". It is important to realize that this was not new in the sense that it was a covenant of grace replacing one of works. It is new in that it is the saving covenant to which all the Old Testament shadows pointed. We now eat the bread and drink the cup not to remember the Red Sea and the Exodus but to remember the cross and the Savior. MacArthur, J: 1Corinthians. Chicago: Moody Press. What does Paul record that Jesus commanded concerning the New Covenant?
And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me. Do this in remembrance of Me. Note that the verb " do " is in the present imperative which is a command to do this continually. Sharing in the Lord's Supper is not optional. As an aside, what might be a possible effect of celebrating the Lord's Supper more frequently than we do in many modern churches? One effect is that it might become "ritualistic".
We do it every week and it soon become a "ho-hum" activity with little substance. But if we did it with the full realization of the potential divine disciplinary consequences weak Of course, we would never have to sit out the Lord's Supper if we were willing to confess our sins 1Jn I know that personally when I know that there will be communion on a given Sunday, I am strongly motivated during that week to resist the devil and temptations from the world and the flesh, because I know that I will be participating in a holy activity that carries serious consequences if I partake in an unworthy manner.
Considering the fact that the meal symbolizes covenant, some of the things we are to remember include the fact that covenant is serious, that cutting covenant is costly Cross , that His death was for our sin, that Jesus in fact took the "walk of death" so to speak, that believers in the New Covenant are to "wear His garment", to defend His name and to not love the world.
What do we proclaim when we take the Lord's supper, the New Covenant meal? For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. The Lord's death until He comes -- looking back to His death and looking forward to His return and then living in light of that blessed hope.
Beloved, what you are looking for will determine what you are living for. What is Paul's warning about not taking covenant seriously in 1Cor , 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34? In 1Cor he warns that whoever eats or drinks unworthy manner like a common meal, division, faction, ritualistically, indifferently, with an unrepentant heart, a spirit of bitterness, or any other ungodly attitude as Corinthians were manifesting is guilty of body and blood of the Lord and therefore one should examine self 1Cor , else they would received judgment if they fail to judge the body rightly 1Cor , that this Judgment was already manifest by the fact that many were weak and sick and a number slept had died.
Paul encouraged them that if we judged self rightly, we should not be judged. In 1Cor he equated judged with being disciplined child training by the Lord that we not be condemned. The New Covenant meal in Christ's blood is a reflection of the solemn nature of covenant and can serve as a time of purification for the church or of discipline even unto death for those who refuse to prepare their hearts for communion.
The Lord chastens to drive His people back to righteous behavior and even sends death to some in the church to remove them before they could be condemned. God's discipline for improper partaking of the New Covenant is pre-figured by the an event in 2Chr , 19, 20 in the context of the OT parallel feast, the Passover.
In the background of reforms by Hezekiah's which resulted in a revival and re-institution of the Passover feast which apparently had not been properly and regularly observed in some time, perhaps since the division of the kingdom years earlier , Scripture records that For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good LORD pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God just as in the new covenant meal, the internal attitude of the heart was to prevail over one's external activity , the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.
So just as when one who approaches the New Covenant meal in an unworthy manner may suffer sickness and even death, so too in this OT passage we learn that sickness resulted in those who failed to eat the Passover in the prescribed manner. James alludes to a quality of one's faith that is not saving faith when he writes You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe , and shudder. James note. In light of this James' declaration, it is clear that not all faith results in salvation for the demons are certainly not saved and yet they have some type of belief.
It follows that it is of utmost importance that we all understand the nature of true saving faith because of the solemn implications. W E Vine in his respected classic work Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words offers the following definition of faith characterized by three main elements Vine comments : Prominence is given to one or other of these elements according to the context. All this stands in contrast to belief in its purely natural exercise, which consists of an opinion held in good "faith" without necessary reference to its proof.
The object of Abraham's "faith" was not God's promise that was the occasion of its exercise ; his "faith" rested on God Himself, Ro note , Ro , note. A A Hodge adds that "Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. Faith, like grace, is not static. Saving faith is more than just understanding the facts and mentally acquiescing.
And not only the desire but the power! None of those responses can be classified exclusively as a human work, any more than believing itself is solely a human effort. The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are opposite sides of the same coin. James discusses relationship of faith and works, a vital truth that parallels the truth of faith and obedience, one's obedience signifying that they have a "working faith" or a saving faith.
As someone has well said "Faith and works are like the light and heat of a candle; they cannot be separated. Faith alone saves, but the faith that saves is never alone. See study on faith and works beginning with commentary notes on James I love how the hymnist Augustus Toplady put it Isaac Watts.
Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. It begins when a man is at least willing to listen to the message of the truth. It goes on to mental assent. A man first hears and then agrees that this is true.
But mental assent need not issue in action. Many a man knows very well that something is true, but does not change his actions to meet that knowledge. The final stage is when this mental assent becomes total surrender. In full-fledged faith, a man hears the Christian message, agrees that it is true, and then casts himself upon it in a life of total yieldedness.
Nothing before, nothing behind, The steps of faith Fall on the seeming void, and find The rock beneath. How does Hebrews , 19 the help us understand the meaning of faith and its relationship to obedience? And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? He , note. Why not? Because they had manifested unbelief apistia or lack of faith, distrust or refusal to trust. The root was unbelief and the fruit was disobedience.
Biblically defined belief affects behavior which is a reflection of obedience. Obedience is the hallmark of faith. Believing and obeying always run side by side. Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God, trusts God; and he that trusts God, obeys God.
What do we learn about the association between faith and obedience from the following verses? Through Him and for His name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the "obedience of faith" obedience that comes from faith " NIV. Ro note. The gospel "is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith NIV "so that all nations might believe and obey him" " Ro note.
It is not that faith plus obedience equals salvation but that obedient faith equals salvation. True faith is verified in obedience. Obedient faith proves itself true, whereas disobedient faith proves itself false. It is for having true faith, that is, obedient faith, that Paul goes on to commend the Roman believers Together, faith and obedience manifest the inseparable two sides of the coin of salvation.
Click for more detailed discussion. What do we learn about faith and obedience in 2Thessalonians ? For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Some commentaries see two groups in verse 8 those who do not know God and "those who do not obey the gospel" stating that those who do not know God are Gentiles 1Th note , Jer and the second group is Jews who are familiar with the OT Scriptures.
However in John , 55 Jesus describes Jews who do not know God, so the distinction does not seem to be clear-cut. Irregardless all those not knowing God and not obeying the Gospel are destined for eternal separation from God. Paul is not saying that obedience to the Gospel is what saves a person. Faith alone saves a person as is clear from Paul's other writings Ep , 9- note. What he is saying is that obedience e.
They demonstrate that their belief is is not genuine, saving belief because there is no supernatural power to obey. There is no change in their life cp 2Cor note. They may have even made a profession of belief in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus, but their is absolutely no evidence in their lifestyle that they have been born again and have either the desire or the power to obey righteousness cp Php note. Writing to the Corinthians Paul exhorts them to Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!
Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-- unless indeed you fail the test? The gospel is not simply a statement of facts to be believed, but a Person to be obeyed.
Belief in the NT sense involves obedience. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson. What association do you see between faith and works in Ep , 9- note , Ep - note? For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
Clearly this verse teaches that faith alone saves but the faith that saves is not alone! What is our responsibility as those who have entered into the New Covenant by grace through faith? To walk in obedience and to warn others of the serious and binding nature of covenant. The question we all need to ask ourselves is does our covenant relationship with Christ supersede every other relationship? To carry it out was to obey God's instruction. The rite of circumcision was the one demand God made on Abraham and his descendants.
Mills, M. Dallas: 3E Ministries Bolding added. Willmington, H. Willmington's Bible handbook. Page An eight-day-old baby boy Lev would not even understand what was going on; and when he got older, the ritual would have to be explained to him. The covenant people must bear the mark of the covenant. Be obedient. This is the first mention of circumcision in the Bible. Nowhere does the OT teach that circumcision saves a man. It is but the outward symbol of the covenant between God and men.
It was to remind them of the inward circumcision of the heart that accompanies true salvation Deut , Deut ; Jer ; Ro note , Gal Circumcision was an act of obedience and faith. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson Comment : Don't miss the association of faith with obedience , for this truth permeates holy writ from Genesis to Revelation.
A faith that [habitually] fails to obey , gives little to no evidence that it is a genuine saving faith! There is something of a pun in the expression, cut off. Any man who did not accept circumcision would be cut off Circumcision—an outward sign—stood for a thorough commitment to God—an inward reality. Radmacher, E. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers. The covenant was clearly one of grace appropriated by faith , but at the same time the faith had to be manifested in obedience and circumcision was ample evidence of that obedience.
Briscoe, D. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson Inc. All this was done on the same day God had spoken to him. One can imagine there may have been a great many questions from his household that day and quite possibly some resistance. By this time at least, everyone knew that God was with Abraham; and if this was what God asked of them, they, along with Abraham, would obey.
In regard to the uncircumcised male being "cut off from his people", there are two considerations 1 " ex-communication " from the tribe or 2 loss of one's life. Although it is difficult to be dogmatic the following passages tend to support " cut off " as a reference to physical death:.
Moses records that. In this context cut off from one's people is clearly parallel to putting that person to death. God was serious about this covenant Ex - where observation of the Sabbath was stipulated as a perpetual covenant, see first giving of this ordinance but without the penalty - Ex , 9, 10, 11; , as indicated by the penalty of death for profaning the Sabbath. God speaking I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off karath by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.
In context cut off by the flood is a reference to the death that resulted from the global flood. This use again demonstrates that Scripture did use the verb karath to refer to physical death. Cut off is the Hebrew verb karath and in this context clearly refers to the crucifixion of Christ, when Isaiah says He was "cut off not karath but gazar out of the land of the living".
The word never means cessation of existence or extinction but a change in state which involves judgment! How "utter" is this destruction? Let's look at the derivation to get a sense of the meaning. The destruction Paul warns about is a time of unavoidable distress, disaster and ruin. The idea of olethros is to suffer the loss of all that gives worth to existence. Exolothreuo is used to translate karath is used once in the New Testament by Peter warning that.
Greek lexicons state that exolothreuo mean to utterly destroy, to completely cut off, to eliminate by destruction, all indicative of a serious action. Which covenant had they failed to keep? Is God serious about covenant? Clearly Israel had not obeyed the Old Covenant they had sworn they would obey - Ex , 7.
In summary, there is no question that karath was used to describe death but whether that is the intended meaning in Genesis is not agreed on by all commentators. A "Berean mindset" is encouraged Acts note. The respected expositor John MacArthur for example does not favor " cut off " as referring to death writing that Being cut off from the covenant community meant loss of temporal benefits stemming from being part of the special, chosen, and theocratic nation, even to the point of death by divine judgment.
MacArthur, J. MacDonald agrees with MacArthur writing that In other places, as here, it seems to mean to ban or ostracize. Circumcision was to serve as an outward sign of inward dedication to God. In itself, it was neither efficacious, nor unique to Israel.
King James Version study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. Matthew Henry comments that The religious observance of this institution was required under a very severe penalty, v.
The contempt of circumcision was a contempt of the covenant Ed note: to refuse circumcision was tantamount to rejecting the covenant ; if the parents did not circumcise their children, it was at their peril, as in the case of Moses, Ex , With respect to those that were not circumcised in their infancy, if, when they grew up, they did not themselves come under this ordinance, God would surely reckon with them. If they cut not off the flesh of their foreskin, God would cut them off from their people.
It is a dangerous thing to make light of divine institutions, and to live in the neglect of them. Henry, M. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the whole Bible. Cohn, ILR 5  72; cf. Horbury, VT 35  31— Word Biblical Commentary Page Dallas: Word, Incorporated. Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
Comment: Do not to mistake the rite of circumcision as the covenant proper. Moses is careful to specify that the physical act " shall be the sign of the covenant. MacArthur comments: Circumcision cutting away the male foreskin was not entirely new in this period of history, but the special religious and theocratic significance then applied to it was entirely new, thus identifying the circumcised as belonging to the physical and ethnical lineage of Abraham cf.
Acts ; Ro Without divine revelation, the rite would not have had this distinctive significance, thus it remained a theocratic distinctive of Israel cf. There was a health benefit, since disease could be kept in the folds of the foreskin, so that removing it prevented that. Historically, Jewish women have had the lowest rate of cervical cancer. But the symbolism had to do with the need to cut away sin and be cleansed. It was the male organ which most clearly demonstrated the depth of depravity because it carried the seed that produced depraved sinners This cleansing of the physical organ so as not to pass on disease Circumcision points to the fact that cleansing is needed at the very core of a human being, a cleansing God offers to the faithful and penitent through the sacrifice of Christ to come.
NIV Study Bible. While God had indeed commanded external circumcision of the foreskin as a sign of entrance into the Abrahamic covenant, the deeper significance was that this physical act was intended to be an manifestation of the obedience that flowed from one's faith see discussion of the relationship to faith and obedience here and here.
In other words, the physical act of circumcision was to reflect one's belief in the Abrahamic Covenant and the " Gospel " that had been preached to Abraham in that covenant specifically that God would bring forth a Seed, the Messiah, Gal , Gal , see the prediction of that "Seed" in the Genesis cross references below. Thus belief in the the promise which Jehovah gave to Abraham was tantamount to belief in the promised Seed, the coming Messiah. That belief resulted in an internal circumcision of the believer's heart which was manifest by their obedience to willingly perform the external sign of circumcision.
Unfortunately, fallen men all mankind Ro note seeks to come to God via their own way, via their works of presumed righteousness which are really "filthy rags" Isa The result was that many in the Jewish nation perverted the sign of circumcision Ge as a "work" which they taught merited salvation.
In short, the sign in essence became the covenant instead of that which pointed to the covenant see how one might misinterpret Ge for example but to do so is to take it out of the context of the "whole counsel" of God's Word and a text out of context is a pretext [pretense]!
The Abrahamic Covenant was an unconditional covenant God would perform the promises independent of whether a man entered into or refused to enter into the covenant , clearly a covenant which Abraham did nothing to merit, and thus clearly a covenant of grace "unmerited favor" , just as is it's New Testament "extension", the New Covenant in Christ's blood, also a covenant of grace cp Ep , 9- note not merit.
See discussion of Ro note. In some of Jacob's Israel last words, he made the following statement that relates to the fulfillment of the "Seed" that had been promised to Abraham some four hundred years earlier Genesis - See the NETBible notes at bottom of page for summary of the 4 interpretations of this verse.
Genesis while not specifically using the Hebrew word " seed ", does specify the tribe of Judah from which the " Seed " would come refers to the coming Messiah "Until Shiloh comes". The right to rule would not depart from Judah until Shiloh the Rest Giver would come, the " Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David " Rev note [includes nice schematic of Messiah's lineage from Abraham] , cp Mt , 2,3, He note , and the people would obey Him because He would reign as King of kings and Lord of lords Rev note.
W A Criswell commenting on Ge writes The coming of " Shiloh " is not to terminate the reign of Judah, but it is the coming of " Shiloh " which would bring about Judah's rule over the nations. Some commentators translate "Shiloh" as "to whom it belongs," indicating that the scepter will remain in Judah until the Person comes to whom rulership belongs.
Henry Morris adds that This important prophecy has been strikingly fulfilled. Although Judah was neither Jacob's firstborn son nor the son who would produce the priestly tribe, he was the son through whom God would fulfill His promises to Israel and to the world. The leadership, according to Jacob, was to go to Judah, but this did not happen for over years.
But when David finally became king, Judah held the scepter and did not relinquish it until after Shiloh came. A number of passages in both the Law and the Prophets speak of circumcision in terms that clearly do not describe physical circumcision and can by default must refer to spiritual circumcision.
In the last half of Leviticus 26 Lev God is reviewing their disobedience and explains that the root of their disobedience is their "hard" uncircumcised heart condition. In other words they were disobedient because they were not genuinely saved like Abraham Ge As an aside, while most of Israel in the OT was not genuinely saved, God always preserved a remnant of genuine believers in every age see study on the doctrine of the remnant.
Arnold Fruchtenbaum , a Jewish believer, alludes to the concept of remnant commenting that : God chose Israel to be an elect nation, not true of any other nation in this world.
However, national election does not guarantee the salvation of every individual member of that nation. It was originally intended to signify that an individual had entered the Abrahamic Covenant by grace through faith and was a mark that they were genuinely saved. The analogy is modern Baptism - water baptism does not save anyone, but does serve as a public testimony that one has been saved , circumcision of the heart is a sign of individual election.
Bolding added. Deuteronomy , 17 Context is Dt - Refers to the Abrahamic Covenant " Circumcise then your heart , and stiffen your neck no more.
Comment: Physical circumcision was originally intended by God to be a sign that one had entered into the Abrahamic covenant Ge , In other words, physical circumcision was an outward act which testified that the individual had experienced an inner "circumcision" of their heart. While God is calling on Israel to "circumcise" their hearts, clearly no human being can carry out such an act without supernatural intervention.
Our hearts are intractably deceitful and sick Jer and we are all by nature, hard hearted, stiff necked rebels toward God and His Word, unless and until He graciously brings about an individual's "heart circumcision" in response to that individual's faith - in other words, "spiritual circumcision" is by grace through faith, which sounds like salvation in the NT, because it is! Dave Guzik comments : God command them to do something that only He could do in them to show them the need to have the inner transformation, and to compel them to seek Him for this inner work.
Be Equipped: Chariot Victor Pub. Bible Knowledge Commentary : The proper response to their election by the sovereign Lord was to circumcise their hearts cf. Dt It is another way of saying the person is stiff-necked or stubborn cf.
Dt , 13; Thus the command to circumcise their hearts assumes that human hearts are naturally rebellious and need correction. Though human hearts are slow to change, Moses warned the nation that no bribe or anything less than an inward transformation could satisfy the Lord, Who is the great God.
Walvoord, J. Restoration to the Land will be in fulfillment of the promise of the covenant given to Abraham see Ge ; ; , 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21; and to Isaac and to Jacob. The Church does not replace Israel and this promise has never been fulfilled in its entirety to the nation of Israel.
What is replacement theology? What is replacement theology - supersessionism? Circumcision of the heart is an internal, spiritual work of God which results in true salvation and a "new heart" that provides a supernaturally enabled desire to obey God see Ezekiel see commentary.
Dt means that God will graciously grant the nation a new will to obey Him in place of their former spiritual insensitivity and stubbornness. After returning to the Promised Land with a new heart they will remain committed to the Lord and therefore will experience abundant blessing live. Loving Him wholeheartedly cf. Deut , 20 , they would not fall back into apostasy as they had done before.
Jeremiah Circumcise yourselves to the LORD and remove the foreskins of your heart, men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest My wrath go forth like fire and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds. Comment : Here the meaning of circumcision is the idea of purifying, separating from the sinful tendency of the flesh, that propensity inherited from Adam in which the unregenerate seeks only to please self, never God.
In other words, God desires that the inward condition match one's outward profession , which of course is not just an OT idea related to circumcision. God's intent has always been that the outward symbols e. Mere outward conformity to the standards of the covenant does not please God.
John MacArthur writes: This surgery Ge , 11, 12, 13, 14 was to cut away flesh that could hold disease in its folds and could pass the disease on to wives. The really essential surgery needed to happen on the inside, where God calls for taking away fleshly things that keep the heart from being spiritually devoted to Him and from true faith in Him and His will. Jeremiah later expanded on this theme Jer , 32, 33, 34; cf.
Jeremiah "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised physically, externally and yet uncircumcised spiritually, internally 26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the sons of Ammon, and Moab, and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised , and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.
Comment : Conformity to the external standard of circumcision must be accompanied by "circumcision" of the heart to please God. To see how one can "circumcise the heart" in the teaching by Paul in Romans 2 and Colossians 2 below. Ezekiel "And you shall say to the rebellious ones, to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel, 7 when you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart spiritual circumcision and uncircumcised in flesh , physical circumcision to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house the Temple in Jerusalem , when you offered My food, the fat and the blood; for they made My covenant void-- this in addition to all your abominations.
Romans For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. See notes. Comment : Due to the passing down of defective, non-Biblically centered teaching from one rabbi to another over the centuries " traditions of men " the true meaning and requirement of circumcision had been lost. Abraham sits before the gate of hell and never allows any circumcised Israelite to enter. And so in Romans , 29 Paul seeks to correct this "eternally fatal" flaw in the rabbi's misinterpretation - physical circumcision never saved anyone!
Paul also helps us understand the somewhat enigmatic OT passages alluding to " circumcision of the heart ". Based on Paul's teaching, we can see that the OT was clearly calling for a spiritual circumcision performed by the Holy Spirit at the time one received the Messiah as their Savior. In the Old Testament, this spiritual transaction transpired when one entered the Abrahamic Covenant by grace through faith. Similarly, in the New Testament the spiritual circumcision transpired when one entered the New Covenant by grace through faith.
In other words, in the Old Testament, salvation circumcision of one's heart was achieved by placing one's faith in the prophesied Messiah, even as their "eyes of faith" looked forward toward the Cross of Messiah at which time He "cut" the New Covenant. How much of the work of Christ on the Cross the Old Testament believers understood is uncertain.
One thing is certain - they knew enough to be genuinely saved! And we in the NT the "church age" with eyes of faith Heb note , 2Co look back toward Messiah's finished work of redemption at Calvary Jn note.
Colossians For explains warning of Col note in Him Christ all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete We have all of Christ we will ever receive - we are complete , and He is the head over all rule and authority probably refers to the hierarchy of angelic beings 11 and in Him Note the allusion to covenant - when you entered covenant, you entered into union with Christ the Covenant - Isa you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands Thus clearly not a reference to physical circumcision , in the removal of the body of the flesh the "old self" who was crucified in Ro note by the circumcision crucifixion - Da note says He was "cut off" the Hebrew verb used of cutting covenant of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism Ro ,4- note , in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead.
Comment: Circumcision is a cutting away of something and therefore signifies a removal of that which has been cut away. In this verse Paul is clearly using the well known procedure of circumcision not to describe the physical act but ["without hands"] to describe spiritual circumcision. Here Paul uses the circumcision metaphor to explain the same spiritual transaction he discussed in Romans , which describes in detail the events that occurred when we placed our faith in Christ.
Colossians , 12, notes. Regarding the " removal of the body of the flesh " the Greek verb gives us the picture of taking off and putting away clothes. And so by analogy "the body of the flesh" is taken off like an old garment by the Spirit at the time of salvation when Galatians teaches we "clothed ourselves with Christ", we exchanged our Isa filthy rags of righteousness for His garment of righteousness. At the moment of salvation, the " body of the flesh " was put off in the sense that it was rendered inoperative see Ro note and Sin now can no longer reign over believers like a cruel dictator or wicked despot as it did when we were unregenerate.
The ruling power of this old sinful nature has been broken Ro , 12, 14, 18, 22 - see notes Ro , 12 , 14 , 18 , 22 ; Ro note summarizes this truth and is also a command calling for us to continually reckon ourselves dead to the power of - this call to continually reckon suggest that we are continually in need of remembering this truth for the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Note however that the evil nature is not eradicated, for we all still commit sins, but the power of Sin note our old "dictator" has been broken, and as we yield to and are led by the Spirit of Christ See Ro note we are enabled to walk in the power of the Spirit See Ro ; ; ; notes Ro ; ; ; 12 and "by the Spirit" to put "to death the deeds of the body" see Ro note.
See related discussion of Paul's command to "walk by the Spirit" in Gal note. In short the distinguishing features of the circumcision made without hands are: 1 not external but internal and not made with hands, 2 It divests not of part of the flesh, but of the whole body of carnal affections the power of sin has been rendered inoperative so now we truly can say "no" - in other words now when a believer sins, it is because he or she chooses to do so!
Ray Stedman comments : "I will never forget an incident that occurred a number of years ago here at the church. A young man came to my office carrying a thick Bible under his arm, which he had been reading. Looking at me very earnestly, he said to me, "Would you circumcise me? I pointed out that it was an eloquent symbol when it was properly understood. Why is light so important for both Pontiffs? Turning on their own light means, in fact, re-turning to God.
For centuries, Jesuit Fathers went up to the telescope in the observatory in Castel Gandolfo, and from that privileged point of view they looked at the sky, trying to catch a sense of the heavens.
Now, the Vatican Observatory in Castelgandolfo is a museum. As a result, a new observatory was built in Mount Graham, Arizona. In that homily, he compares the observation of the sky to the search for God, as a type of metaphor. Our lights hide the stars of God.
It is almost a metaphor: because of the too many things we created, we can barely recognize the traces of the Creation of God, and the Creation itself. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source.
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