Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We are the Circumcision, Pt. 2


What does it mean to worship ‘in the spirit?’

This is not the Holy Spirit, it is in our spirit.  This is how we worship God.

Romans 1:9
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

We are members of his body; Christ is our head.  Our worship of him originates in our spirit; it is the reason we have a spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:12

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

God gave us a spirit to know him.  Unfortunately, the same spirit that we received from Almighty God cannot only communicate with other human spirits through words, but it can communicate with other spirits such as fallen devils (Satan and his angels).

God gave us a spirit to know not only each other, but more importantly, to know him.

John 4:22-24
Ye [Samaritans] worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

As John looks into the future he writes that one day that will be the issue.  God is looking for your heart.  After the Millennial Kingdom the nation Israel and even the gentiles will worship God from a willing heart.  There will be no more sin.  God will be the issue in their hearts; but we have that already.  We have the fruit of the pure grace of the New Testament.

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Because of pure grace we benefit from the covenant that God gave to the nation of Israel which was ultimately ratified with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.  We receive the spiritual benefit of that – eternal life.  We have it now; Israel will get it in the Kingdom.

and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Notice that our rejoicing is not in ourselves and we have no confidence in the flesh.  We know that has to do with religion because if you continue to read you see that Paul goes into his religious pedigree as Saul of Tarsus.

Philippians 3:4-8
Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I moreCircumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Paul has all those credentials, but he counts them as nothing.  See what religion profits you?  Nothing! 

Paul has a lot to say about circumcision.  For those of you who are not familiar with the ritual, God gave Abram/Abraham the Hebrew a covenant of circumcision when he called him out in the book of Genesis.

Genesis 17:10
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

Acts 7:8
And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

It was a cutting off of the foreskin of his flesh.  God was showing Abraham that he was cutting off what he could do, works that he could produce.  It was done on the male member where his seed flows out.  God was saying, ‘No, I don’t want what you can produce.  You can produce a child, but it will be Ishmael, and not even with your own wife who is barren’ 

Genesis 16:15
And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

I will produce for you the son I promised by your wife Sarah whose womb is dead.  I will restore life to you both in your reproductive capacities.  I will give you a son, Isaac.

Romans 4:19-20
 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

From Isaac came Jacob, and from Jacob/Israel came the nation of Israel which was born by a miracle of Almighty God in a number of ways; first through Isaac and later when Israel was born as a nation out of Egypt.

Exodus 4:22
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
So the physical circumcision of cutting off the flesh was a type and shadow of a spiritual circumcision that Israel would receive in the Kingdom through the new covenant.

Deuteronomy 30:6
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, 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.

We receive this spiritual circumcision by pure grace.  God never made a covenant with gentiles.

Ephesians 2:11-13
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

We gentiles were called the uncircumcision by those who were called the circumcision (Israel).

That at that time ye were without Christ [during his earthly ministry we were without him], being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise [the covenants God made with Israel], having no hope, and without God in the world:

We had no hope of resurrecting into God’s Kingdom.  We were lost and far off; but that all changed in Christ.

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

To be continued…

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