June 17, 2020
No distinction between those who are circumcised and those who are not
Acts 15:8-9, Romans 9:30
I am certain because GOD is such a compassionate GOD that it must hurt HIS heart to see that HIS children are focusing on what is different from the other, rather than focusing on the heart as HE does. None of us can truly see into the heart of another individual as GOD can. Often times just because we like someone or have never heard a person say a crossword, or maybe we have only witnessed a person exhibiting nothing but kindness to others, we like to think that they must be a Christian. When the truth of the matter is that there will be many nice people who will go to hell to spend eternity in the lake of fire all because they were non-believers in CHRIST JESUS. Not only that we devalue those who profess to be CHRISTians and may see little fruit all because they do not believe as you do, but they also do not worship as you do, they do not work to show that they belong to GOD as you do in exertion and complaining because they may not want to participate in something with you or for those or that which you have elevated.
Bottom line is this if a person’s heart has been spiritually transplanted by GOD through CHRIST JESUS, meaning that the person’s heart has been circumcised who are we to say that they are not a born again CHRISTian just because they may worship differently than us, not living in the freedom of their redemption as fully as some of us are, and not as mature as some of us are and so on. I myself am tired of all this spiritual segregation. There is enough segregation due to various prejudices going on in this world without us bringing it into the body of CHRIST. When GOD acknowledges those HE called to HIMself regardless of their being male or female, regardless of their skin coloring because nationality does not make a race, there is only one human race and each and every one of us is descended from Adam and Eve. We need to cease showing just how ignorant we are and walk as JESUS walked. JESUS does not make any distinction between who is what and neither should we. There is a book which is written in heaven called the Book of Life, be concerned about whether or not your name is written in there. There are two lists that I like to think that JESUS has in HIS hands, in the left that list is entitled Lost and in HIS right that list is entitled Found. Which list are you on?
Jews, GOD original chosen people were circumcised in the flesh, males had their foreskin cut and removed from their penis as a covenant agreement to GOD, and look how that turned out. They were rebellious by turning away from GOD because cutting, piercing, or writing on the flesh does not and will not move GOD at all. Non-Jews never was given a law to obey, they never realized that how they were living was wrong because they had no law judging them, they never received the tradition to circumcise their males, and yet when JESUS was presented to them, they jumped in with both feet. The only circumcision GOD is looking for is that of the heart and that can only be administered willingly as we go to JESUS so that HE alone can cut the heart and remove the sin. This is the cleansing of our hearts by faith in JESUS.
A measure of the Holy Spirit is given to all who are redeemed but it is the baptism the emersion of the Holy Spirit that the redeemed must ask for and He will be given as promised by JESUS.
Did you know that because of JESUS being a Jew that after our hearts have become circumcised that we too become Jewish? Yet, there are some Christians who are still prejudiced regarding the Jews not realizing that if their heart has been circumcised that they too are Jews. As JESUS goes looking for the lost sheep as good shepherds do, that are on the list entitled Lost, HE can care less about the lost being Gentile or Jew. The only distinction JESUS can see is that the lost need HIM as their Savior and Redeemer and this includes both Gentiles [non-Jews] and Jews alike. Once we come to JESUS we must grow and mature in order to confess that JESUS is actually our LORD, we are quick to acknowledge HIM as Savior but most of how we think, speak and act is not a reflection of HIM being our LORD. So allow your heart to cry out to HIM and be delivered from sin.
In the Old Testament, the story of Abraham is truly remarkable and should be an inspiration to us all. Long before Abraham received circumcision in his flesh, his heart had already been circumcised. This man of faith lived four hundred plus years before the Ten Commandments were written on stone and before Moses wrote his laws. Yet, even while Abraham missed the mark at times, he was never guilty of what he had done in fear because he never turned away from GOD and he did not have laws judging him to keep him ever listening to his conscience. Pay attention to this verse of scripture: And he [Abraham] received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. Romans 4:11-12 NKJV
Did you see a distinction in that verse, I know that I did not. If a male in this dispensation of grace is going to circumcised let it be for hygiene purposes and not by the misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the scriptures.