Grace and Circumcision (#1023)

Grace and Circumcision (#1023)

Good morning!  Here in the United States, it’s Independence Day 2021.  What a wonderful day, not only for our political and governmental independence, where we became a sovereign nation a few hundred years ago, but what we’ll read in God’s word: how we’re independent from the laws of the Old Testament because of the work of Jesus Christ.  We’ve been studying that for a number of months, and we’ll continue to study it; we’ll have another class on it in October and eventually end up with a book sometime next year.  ‘Should be great.  But what we’re going to look at today is one of the key elements of the law in the Old Testament.  And, it was also one of the key elements of the law that was argued over in the First-century Church and caused great division.  As you may know, in the history of the Christian Church there has always been division.  People arguing over different attitudes towards the scripture and the Christian life and this one today is one of the primary ones they argued about in the First-century Church and that is circumcision.  We’ll start in Genesis 17…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20210704.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Genesis 17:9-14                This is my covenant…every man child shall be circumcised (vs. 10)

Leviticus 12:1-4                  And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumsised

Joshua 5:1-9                        Circumcising those born in the wilderness

Luke 2:21                            Jesus Christ’s Circumcision

Acts 10:44-46                     They of the circumcision which believed were astonished (vs. 45)

Acts 15:1-2                          Except ye be circumcised…ye cannot be saved

Acts 15:24                            No such commandment

Romans 2:28-29                 Circumcision is of the heart

I Corinthians 7:18-19         Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing

Galatians 2:3                       Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.

Galatians 5:6                       For in JC neither circumcision nor uncircumcision availeth anything

Galatians 6:15                     For in CJ neither circumcision availeth (means) anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation

Ephesians 2:11                    Circumcision/uncircumcision

Philippians 3:1-9                 We are the circumcision, which have no confidence in the flesh (vss 3-4) [dogs: backbiters; concision: those that mutilate the flesh]

Colossians 2:10-17             Circumcision made without hands

Colossians 3:10-11             Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision – Christ is all and in all


Grace and Circumcision (#1023)

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