Romans II vs. 25-29
25 For circumcision verily profiteth,
if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law,
thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law,
shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
Circumcision was a sign of God’s covenant with the Jews. If they were obedient to the practice of the God’s law, He would shower them with blessings.
Inversely, if a Jew did not obey or practice the laws of righteousness,
their circumcision was useless and rather than a blessing, they would receive a curse,
and their special relationship with God would be lost.
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature,
if it fulfil the law, judge thee,
who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly;
neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly;
and circumcision is that of the heart,
in the spirit, and not in the letter;
whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Their outward sign of circumcision was symbolic of how:
“The LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart (inward parts), and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.”
Without obedience, circumcision becomes without meaning and without its intended effect.
The very same observation holds true for Christianity with regards to our outward acts of obedience such as water baptism,
“Making the word of God of none effect through tradition”.
Like Paul said to the Corinthians,
“I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius . . . For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
When our actions do not reflect God’s plan through His love, they are coming from another source; thant of an impure, tainted and sinful nature. That is why we may say in that day, ‘Lord, Lord.’
Therefore, baptism as well as all our thoughts and actions should be tempered with the utmost sincerity and reverence subjected to the complete council of God.
When Gentiles, who are uncircumcised
walk according to the spirit and design of God’s promise,
it is accounted to them as righteous
and they are ‘accomplishing the law.’
Verse 27 reveals that Gentiles will judge those who are circumcised.
If anyone wants to follow God and be part of His chosen people, then they must transform their heart through the workings of His grace.
The grace of God that bringeth salvation
(appearing to all men),
to teach us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts,
so we can live soberly, righteously,
and godly, in this present world;
Grace can redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify us to Himself
making us a peculiar people,
zealous of good works.
When we deny that grace can free us from iniquity, purify our hearts, and make us holy, we are despising God and His plan of salvation.
Will there be a place in Heaven for despising and rebellious Christians?
~ Jeremiah 4:4
Circumcise yourselves to the LORD,
and take away the foreskins of your heart,
ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem:
lest my fury come forth like fire,
and burn that none can quench it,
because of the evil of your doings.
The Jews were instructed to have God purify their hearts lest the continued works of their indwelling sin bring upon them judgment. The same holds true for us.
~ Jeremiah 4:10
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD!
surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem,
saying, Ye shall have peace;
whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.
God’s Spirit is a two-edged sword able to divide the spirit from the soul. With that sword, He discerns our heart.
It is a wonderful blessing to believe and allow the Lord to circumcise and inhabit our heart.
That same sword may come down and wrest utter destruction upon our soul if we don’t.
~ Jeremiah 9:26
Egypt, and Judah, and Edom,
and the children of Ammon, and Moab,
and all that are in the utmost corners,
that dwell in the wilderness:
for all these nations are uncircumcised,
and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
Here God is associating the heathen with His chosen people because they did not keep His judgments nor do them. God cannot save His people from their iniquities if they choose to remain in them.
~ Ezekiel 44:7
In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers,
uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh,
to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it,
even my house, when ye offer my bread,
the fat and the blood,
and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.
God wants to cleanse us from all filthiness of spirit and create a sanctuary within our soul, His temple. God does not take pleasure or dwell with those who remain disobedient wallowing in sin.
~ Ezekiel 44:9
Thus saith the Lord GOD;
No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh,
shall enter into my sanctuary,
of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
‘It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master.’ He does not want strangers to His holiness nor a people who does not know Him. He wants us to be as He is.
This is a high calling. For many it is too hard to bare or even hear.
Are you circumcised by the author of all spiritual affections and holy purposes; the searcher of your soul?
Have you entered into the promise of Abraham?
His saving grace is indescribable. Its fruit can purge us from our sin.
He desires to make us anew, reborn, a people chosen to be alive in His holiness.
Romans Chapter II speaks mostly of the condition in our heart. It speaks also that:
God’s law is universal, holds no exceptions, and is no respect or of persons.
Hypocrisy is unacceptable: We cannot continue in sin and teach others or expect to hold onto the promises of the God.
Remember John the Baptist’s confrontation?
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
come to his baptism, he said unto them,
O generation of vipers,
who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
And think not to say within yourselves,
We have Abraham to our father
This also speaks that repentance must be genuine, complete, and must remain throughout our lives.
We turn back to the world again and commit or practice the same sins that the unsaved practice, we are no different than they. We are to be a peculiar people: see Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 14:2; fulfilling the whole law Deuteronomy 26:18; producing good works Titus 2:14; and receiving the praises of God 1 Peter 2:9.
If we fail to do this, we may become like a proverb.
The dog is turned to his own vomit again;
and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire
God wants to prepare us for His kingdom. He wants to cleanse us from sin so we can avoid Satan’s snare to despise the savior once again and, ‘crucify the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame‘.
We also saw how God’s law is revealed to all people regardless of their origin or personal knowledge of the gospel making us all ‘without excuse.’
He can write His law in our hearts wherever and whoever we are enabling us to love Him with all our heart, mind, and strength and our neighbor as our self.
We always fall short in our own power. God wants to carry us across the river and wash our scarlet sin making it as white as snow.
Why would we not want Him to bless our soul and make us whole?