John 12:31 ( posted 11-26-13 )

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now is the judgment of this world:

 

We will find that later in this chapter we are studying, Jesus clearly said;

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.John 12:47

 

At this moment Jesus inferred who will be the judge...referring to His Father;

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48

Even though Jesus said;

Now in the verse of our study, keep in mind that a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day to the Lord;

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

Nowcan be a very long time to us but to the Lord, almost immediate.

From the moment Jesus made this statement, in actuality the judgment of this world is at least ( though not limited to ) a two-fold process over a period of time consisting of more than 3007 years.

The signing of the 7 year peace treaty the “ antichrist “ brings the Jews and the Arabs to agreeing on in the future, commonly known among evangelicals as the 7 year tribulation period is referred to in the Holy Bible as the time of God's wrath. This is at least 2000 years from the time Jesus made this statement about this world's judgment being Now.

The next form of judgment is another 1000 years after this when God brings fire down from Heaven on the armies who once again gather around Jerusalem to destroy Jesus and the Jews...after satan is released from the abyss.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Revelation 20:7-9

 

The final judgment will be an undetermined length of time after this.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15

 

Again, keep in mind this final judgment will be at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus made this statement in the verse of our study.

 

 

 

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

The Greek word “ archon “ translated prince means ruler, chief, magistrate, a first in rank or power.

Jesus said clearly about satan;

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. “   John 14:30

 

Paul called satan the god of this world;

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. “ 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

Once again, the now Jesus referred to in the verse of our study;

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

will not happen to satan for at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus said this.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

 

 

Satan as the “ god “ and “ prince “ of this present world still has the ability to deceive and to mislead.

However, because of the death of Jesus, for those of us who believe in Jesus, satan has no stronghold over us. His power has been broken.

Yes, He can deceive even those of us who believe in Jesus but he has no power over people who believe in Jesus.

 

I will continue with verse 32 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 2:25 continued ( posted 2-24-12 )

“ For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ For circumcision verily profiteth, “

 

If Paul is against circumcision, then why does he say circumcision “ profiteth” someone?

We have to remember that many times, Jesus and Paul says things to get us to thinking about what we think and believe, using the obvious to make a point.

The obvious in this statement of Paul is in the next phrase;

“ if thou keep the law: “

Well, everyone and their dog knows nobody ever fully kept the Law of Moses.

If anyone ever thinks such a thing, he or she lives in denial, a dream world that does not exist.

Even the guy that came to Jesus having claimed to obey the Law knew what he could obey was still not enough to get him to Heaven or else he would not have asked Jesus how to get to Heaven.

“ And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. “   Mark 10:17-25

Obviously, what good works he said he had done he knew in his heart was not enough to get him into Heaven.

Even circumcision was not enough to convince him that he was going to Heaven.

Jesus had taught that in order to make it to Heaven we should believe in Him.

This guy obviously did not believe Him or else he would not have asked Jesus how to get to Heaven.

The truth came out that he trusted more in his riches than in God but that is another discussion.

 

Nobody has ever fulfilled the Law in its entirety…except Jesus Himself.

Jesus said in support of the Law;

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. “    Matthew 5:17-18

There is no assurance that comes with circumcision or the Law that it can or will get anyone to Heaven.

As a matter of fact, in my life experience in talking with people of various faiths and beliefs, I have found that nobody outside of knowing Jesus Christ feels confident about what will happen to them after they draw that last breath in this earthly life.

People are afraid to die. If they pretend they are not afraid, it is because they hope they will not exist after physical death. However, their conscience according to Paul contains God’s truth and that tells them they will stand in judgment before God someday and that is a constant reminder to them.

In their heart there is no assurance of a safe and secure afterlife.

Because of fear of death, for those who want a quick way out suicide is popular. For those who try to avoid death entirely they will ask for drugs that keep a person living year after year after year, sleeping with the light on all night, taking a hunger pill to enhance one’s appetite year after year after year so to avoid death, etc…

This is all fear motivated.

Jesus and in knowing Him gives blessed assurance that all will be well with our soul after death if we would only believe in Him and everything He said.

My Dad believed in Jesus and died peacefully.

I’m so proud of my Dad.

 

The point that Paul is trying to make in the verse of our study;

“ For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: “

is simply that just as it is impossible for circumcision to save a soul from eternal hell, so it is impossible for anyone to keep the Law.

This is a never ending situation with no solution.

The Law was never intended to get anyone to Heaven simply because God knew no human being could live up to its standards.

It was designed to make us understand our need for Jesus, who is God’s righteousness revealed and to place our inner faith in Jesus just as Abraham did even before circumcision and the Law and who was already on his way to Heaven even before circumcision and the Law because he believed in Jesus.

 

 

“ but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. “

This is interesting.

While the Jews and anyone living under Jewish rule who were circumcised were taught that circumcision saved a soul from eternal hell and got a person into Heaven - that is, from handed down tradition and custom doctrine added to the Law, ( since the initial reason God commanded Abraham to be circumcised was not to save his soul but rather to be identified with God and His covenant to Abraham and his descedents ) Paul said that if anyone breaks the Law that person was no longer saved or identified with God and His covenant to Abraham by their circumcision.

In other words, if a circumcised Jew breaks the Law he is now like a Gentile.

Again in other words, he is no longer saved if he breaks the Law and is rather doomed to eternal hell.

When we are saved by God’s grace in response to our faith we place in Jesus, we can break Jesus’ commands, break the Law, disobey God, not please God, even live in sin and still be saved - that is, as long as we still keep our inner faith in Jesus to the end of physical life.

The problem is, if we persist to live in sin and disobedience as a born again follower of Jesus, we will eventually change our faith to someone or something else.

This is the problem with Calvinism, the once saved, always saved and predestination doctrines. These doctrines are used as a license to sin, and even condones a believer to continue in sin being deceived into thinking he will never change his faith. According to the Bible, it isn’t sin that causes us to lose our salvation but rather changing our faith does.

Jesus said quite clearly;

“   They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. “  Luke 8:13

And yes my friend, Jesus said they were believers!

" which for a while believe,"

If our faith is no longer in Jesus and everything He claimed, we are no longer saved since our salvation is initially based on our faith in Jesus.

Our salvation and entrance to Heaven is only as good as our faith and where we place it.

Sinning does not cause us to lose our salvation since we are no longer under the Law but grace.

Paul said;

“ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. “ Romans 8:2

 

This is one of the differences between the Law and grace.

My friend, be glad we are presently under grace.

 

I will continue with verse 26 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:18 ( posted 2-20-12 )

“   No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

Even though it is an historical fact that Jesus was murdered, not fairly and justly tried in a court of law by the Law, Jesus declares He willingly gave and sacrificed His own life;

 

“   No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.

 

Jesus also said He was given commandment from His Father to do this.

This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

This is why Jesus said from His humanity God sent His only begotten Son;

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. “   John 3:16-17

 

Paul said in His humanity Jesus became obedient to His Father and was obedient even to the death of the cross;

“ But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. “   Philippians 2:7-8

 

It was from Jesus’ humanity that He considered backing out of the cross but instead chose rather to go through with it in obedience to His Father’s will;

“ And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. “   Luke 21:41-42

 

When Peter wanted to defend Jesus and keep Him alive Jesus told him from His humanity that He must obey His Father in going through with His death on the cross;

“ Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?  “   John 18:11

 

“ Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? “   Matthew 26:52-54

Yes my friend, Jesus could have backed out of the cross.

We should thank Him daily for going through with it!

Jesus would have been justified even if He had backed out because He is God and God cannot sin.

Because Jesus is human He was tempted to back out of it.

But Jesus’ concern was more for us than Himself.

This is why He said;

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?    

In other words, how could any of us make it to Heaven if He backed out of going through with His death on the cross?

Jesus knew there was no other way for us to be saved, forgiven and welcomed into Heaven.

If there had been another way He would have done it but to fulfill His own requirements of sacrifice for our redemption, Jesus dying on the cross was the only way even for Him to get us into Heaven.

 

Through Jesus’ death the following things happened to Him.

1.) God made Jesus His only begotten Son who knew no sin, to be sin for you and me.

“ To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. “   2 Corinthians 5:19-21

 

2.) Jesus died to take away the sins of all human beings that ever existed or will exist.

“ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. “   John 1:29

What this means is that if we rest our inner faith in Jesus Christ, we do not have to die for our own personal sins, nor do we have to suffer for our sins because Jesus did that for all human beings in His own death.

God presently does not impute our sins to us - that is, God does not keep record of our sins against us because Jesus literally became our sins and died for our sins so that we would not have to.

 

3.) Jesus became physically diseased and suffered human anguish so that we can be healed physically, mentally and spiritually.

“ When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. “   Matthew 8:16-17

“ Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. “  1 Peter 2:24

I will tell you the Greek word “ iathete “ translated “ ye were healed “ is in the past tense, meaning our physical diseases were cured when Jesus died.

Since it was not Jesus’ spirit that was beaten with stripes but rather His human body, this for sure applies to our bodily healing…not just our spirit.

But like salvation, forgiveness of our sins and making it to Heaven, even healing must be received by faith in Jesus.

“  Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  “  James 5:13-16

 

4.) There is a curse that comes from the Law of Moses. Jesus became that curse for us.

“  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: “  Galatians 3:13

 

5.) Jesus nailed the Law of Moses and its high expectancy of living up to that was against us to His cross and set us free from the Law;

“ Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. “   Colossians 2:14-17

 

5.) Jesus bought us back from satan and his dominion over human beings along with sin’s dominion over us;

“ What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. “       1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

6.) Jesus’ death made it possible for human beings to have access to God through Jesus Christ on a personal one on one level with God;

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

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. “   Ephesians 2:13-18

 

7.) Through Jesus becoming a curse for us, He provided the ability for Gentiles and anyone who is not a Jew to be forgiven, saved and endued with the power of the Holy Spirit;

“ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. “      Galatians 3:13-14

 

8.) Just as human beings became separated from God, Jesus experienced separation from God for all human beings;

“ And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? “     Mark 15:34

 

My friend, even though Jesus never committed sin but rather was made sin as part of the sacrifice God required for our redemption upon faith in Jesus God’s Son, because Jesus was made sin God the Father had to forsake His own Son.

Jesus did not say this in vain;

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Through Jesus’ humanity, He actually experienced rejection and separation from God as human beings do when born into this world.

This is incredible.

 

My friend, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ and are born again, saved, sanctified, justified and are on our way to Heaven, and as long as we still have faith in Jesus and continue to keep our faith in Him alone as being sufficient in Himself alone for our redemption, salvation and entrance into Heaven after physical death, we should remember to thank Jesus for not backing out of the cross… when He could have if He had wanted to.

 

When the moment comes when we draw our last breath in this physical earthly life, always remember to trust in Jesus as being the only reason we will be allowed to enter Heaven.

I always tell people - if God should ask you why He should let you into Heaven, tell Him it is because of your Son Jesus!

 

I will continue with verse 19 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 2:25 ( posted 2-17-12 )

“ For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. “

 

The Greek word “ peritome “ translated “ circumcision “ can be either in the figurative or literal sense, referring to the rite, the condition or the people.

 

Webster defines circumcision as - “ being circumcised, either as a religious rite by the Jews, Muslims, etc…or as a hygienic measure, A cleansing from sin. A festival on January 1 commemorating the circumcision of Jesus. “

 

People in the Bible who were circumcised.

1.) Jesus

“  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. “   Luke 2:21

 

2.) John the Baptist

“ And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. “  Luke 1:59-60

 

3.) Paul

“ I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. “  Acts 22:3

 

4.)  Timothy

“  Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. “      Acts 16:3

 

5.) Abraham

“ And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

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.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. “          Genesis 17:9-11

 

Here is how the ritual of circumcision all got started.

“ And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

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.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. “   Genesis 17:9-14

 

The Hebrew word “ basar “ translated “ flesh “ means the pudendum of a man, nakedness.

It is meant to imply something to be ashamed of.

Webster defines pudendum as - “ something to be ashamed of. The external genitals of a man or woman. “

No doubt the reason God told Abraham to perform the ritual of circumcision in this way to all males either of direct descent or just merely living within the land, whether they were Jew or not it did not matter, was to be an act of humiliation before God. This ritual was not meant to be an enjoyment or something to cause a human being to gloat with glee.

No matter how degrading it is, this ritual as performed was meant to be a covenant God gave to Abraham…and his descendants.

 

Now listen up!!

 

The ritual of circumcision in itself was never intended to be the source of salvation or the cleansing of personal sin. That is a man made religious invention of the rite…it did not come from God.

Nowhere in the entire Bible was circumcision ever described as the source of salvation, cleansing from sin, or gaurantee of making it to Heaven.

This is sadly proven by Paul’s statement when he said that only a remnant of Jews will actually make it to Heaven.

“ Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: “   Romans 9:27

 

Isaiah said;

“ And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. “  Isaiah 10:20-22

This is sad, my friend.

But according to Jesus these kind of statistics as to how many actually make it to Heaven is for all human beings… few

 

The mistaken concept of the ritual of circumcision being the source of salvation and cleansing of sin became introduced by what Jesus called Jewish tradition along with countless other mistaken concepts adopted by descendants of Abraham.

 

Righteousness was credited to Abraham through his faith, not through the ritual of circumcision or in doing any other work.

“ And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. “  Genesis 15:6

Yes my friend, Abraham was justified before the ritual of circumcision and even before the Law of Moses!

Abraham’s salvation was based entirely on his faith. And through his faith he was made the righteousness of God.

Who did Abraham rest his faith in?

Jesus!

If you remember in my earlier study on the book of John, Jesus said this about Abraham;

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. “    John 8:56-59

 

Praise the Lord!

We do not have to earn salvation or be credited with righteousness by attempting to earn it.

It is through faith. God’s grace is only given in response to our faith in Jesus.

If our faith ceases or we change it to believe in someone or something else, then we are no longer under grace, since God’s grace is given in response to our faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ.

Biblically, that is the way it works, my friend!

Then what was the reason for the ritual of circumcision??

God told Abraham;

“…and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. ”  Genesis 17:13

The word covenant means an agreement made between 2 or more individuals.

Notice God called this covenant His own covenant…not His and Abraham’s.

“…and my covenant …”

This was a covenant, a promise from God to Abraham that his seed would multiply, that he would be a father of many nations, and that God would be his God and to his descendants.

“ And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. “   Genesis 17:6-9

 

This is what the ritual of circumcision was all about.

It had nothing to do with crediting Abraham or any of his descendants with righteousness, since Abraham was already credited with righteousness because of his faith… before circumcision.

It has nothing to do with salvation either.

Jesus said Abraham knew and understood about Jesus even in his day, and believed.

This is what saved Abraham…not the ritual of circumcision.

The ritual of circumcision did not credit righteousness nor did it save Jesus, Abraham, John the Baptist, Timothy or Paul.

 

I’m not done with this verse.

 

I will continue with this same verse in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown