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Re: Christ's Ways
« Reply #208 on: September 02, 2019, 07:06:45 am »
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Phil 3:2c . . Beware of mutilation.

Mutilation in this particular instance isn't criminal mutilation, rather; it refers to voluntary ritual circumcision; viz: initiation into Judaism and the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God as per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. There were Jews in various cities back in those days telling Christians that their salvation depended upon circumcision.

"And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved." (Acts 15:1)

The apostles disagreed.

"Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:" (Acts 15:24)

Hence; Paul's warning.

"So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ cannot help you. I'll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey all of the regulations in the whole law of Moses. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace." (Gal 5:1-4)

The law represented by ritual circumcision is a good law: there's nothing intrinsically wrong with it.

"Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law." (Rom 3:3)

"The law itself is holy and right and good." (Rom 7:12)

"We know these laws are good when they are used as God intended." (1Tim 1:8)

The problem is: it's very difficult to satisfy the law's requirements.

"For Moses wrote that the law's way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands." (Rom 10:5)

Obedience to all the law's commands has to be consistent in order to obtain righteousness by it. In other words: obeying all the law some of the time, or all the law most of the time; isn't good enough. It's necessary to be consistent, i.e. obey all the law all the time: no let up.

"To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality; He will give eternal life." (Rom 2:7)

"Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." (Gal 3:10, cf. Deut 27:26)
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