A COVENANT FOR ALL PEOPLES
8 - TO BECOME PART OF GOD'S
-YOU MUST BECOME A JEW-
“FOR he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that Circumcision which is outward in the flesh, but he a Jew who is one inwardly.”
aaron—It is only God’s internal regenerative disposition that makes this important determination. Although the physical visible Jew was and is an absolute fact of life, the invisible Jew that is always hidden in God has always been a factual reality within God's reconciliation as well.
Question 4. What is the reasoning behind CIRCUMCISION?
Answer 4. CIRCUMCISION is the designation for a required condition that is mandated for every individual male who becomes a part of God’s Old Testament institutional corporate peoples—visible Israel. (Gen.17:1—27; Ex.12:48) Then to become a part of God’s invisible priestly line, each and every individual must be CIRCUMCISED by God Himself: they must have received that blessed invisible Circumcision of the Heart—made by God's own Holy Spirit.
Question 4a. Does the term "CIRCUMCISION" have application within the New Testament Church?
Answer 4a. Yes! Physical circumcision was a visible external example of an invisible internal condition that God had established as the seal for His invisible Covenant of Promise. The symbol of physical circumcision was a necessary visible physical example of an invisible Spiritual condition. This mandated invisible principle not only has application during this dispensation of grace, but even throughout the whole of the Old Covenant period as well: even back to the very beginning of time itself. We must understand that even during the entire duration of the Old Testament period, though physical circumcision was the legitimate initiatory rite for God's visible institutional corporate peoples who were the first to be initiated into the Abrahamic Covenant, the only legitimate seal for God’s invisible Covenant of Promise was always that blessed Circumcision of the Heart. Then understanding, that the visible characteristics and the invisible characteristics of God’s dispositions are always coexistent within God’s reconciliation. And yet, the visible and the invisible must always be Scripturally distinguished from one another.
Then the members of the invisible Israel of God are:
(1) At peace with God, standing in His grace.
(2) Children of the promise. and/
(3) Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise.
“I say that Christ has been made a minister of the Circumcision for the truth of God: That He might confirm the promises given to the fathers (physical Israel), and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore, will I give praise unto You among the nations, and sing unto Your name; Rejoice, you nations with His people. Praise the Lord, all you nations, and let all peoples praise Him.”
“Isaiah (also) says: There shall be a Root of Jesse, and He that arises to rule over the nations, on Him shall the nations hope.” (Rom.15:8—12; Ref. 2Sam.22:50, Ps.18:40,117:1, Isa.11:10)
aaron—When the Scriptures say, "as it is written", they are pointing to a prophetic conformation or fulfillment of an Old Testament Scriptural prediction:
Isa.42:1 /Mat12:18—“Behold My servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen, in whom My soul delights: I have put My Spirit upon Him, He will bring forth justice to the Nations.”
aaron—We have seen God, within these Scriptures, making His Covenant with Abraham and his seed. It is very clear, that God, even at that early time, fully intended to include all of the Nations in His Covenant. [Not exclusive, but all-inclusive.]
“[Remember]: For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace, to the end, that the promise may be sure to all the seed. Not to that only which is if the law (physical Israel), but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (Jews and non—Jews alike). As it is written: A father of many nations have I made you. Before him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead (physical Israel), and calls the things that are not (the Gentile Nations) as if they were. Who in hope believed against hope, to the end, that he might be the father of many nations.” Romans 4:“You did He make alive, when you were dead through your trespasses and sins, wherein you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air: Of the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience. Among whom we also once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (For by grace have you been saved), and raised us up with Him, and made us to sit in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.2:1—6) Now because of Christ's finished propitiatory work upon the cross, all salvation is facilitated by God's grace, grace, wonderful grace. Amen.