The principle of circumcision has a foundation that reaches fare beyond Adam. While it may not be clearly seen at the moment. We confess that circumcision can be traces back to God where it has it‘s root and later put into operation at the creation of angles. Thus God implemented the standard of circumcision (although it was before them) in his creation of Angels. Whereas we can physically see circumcision being observe in the flesh of Abraham and in his family, there’s evidences that proves circumcision has its foundation in the very beginning. How can we prove this? Well we must first ask: What’s the true meaning of circumcision and its purpose? The answers to these questions are understood in the two types of circumcisions express in the bible. So let’s examine them. First, there is the circumcision that comes by faith in GOD. The circumcision of the heart, mind or soul. Specifically, the cutting away of all unbelief, idolatry, witchcraft, murder, lust, and other carnal activity, to pursue the righteousness of God in Jesus the Christ. Secondly, there is the circumcision which consist of a carnal cutting away of the foreskin of a male sex on the 8th day. Which was originally given to Abraham and afterward added to the Law of Moses and pass down to the Israelites with they keep until this day. In order to understand the truth we must examine both circumcisions to bring clarity of the mind of God.
The circumcision of the flesh is not the covenant.
Traditionally many are being taught (especially in end time prophesies) that God made an unconditional covenant of circumcision of the flesh with Abraham. This unfortunately binds God to a promise forever regardless of the actions and hearts of the people. Therefore joining God to a unfulfilled promise that he must accomplish in Israel although they may continue to reject him. Now God indeed made a promise or a covenant with Abraham. However, it was neither, a promise of circumcision after the flesh, or void of conditions. Some simple research would reveal the shocking reality that God’s promises are all base on conditions. Such as, the promise that he made with Adam. Adam could preserve a precious covenant of everlasting life. But in order for him to maintain this promise he would have to successfully obey the word of God by reframing himself from the forbidden tree. Likewise, the promises God made with Abraham were promises base conditions.
For it is written:
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Genesis 17:1) “Condition”
And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. (Genesis 17:2) “Promise”
Of course, I could spend a great deal exposing the unconditional promise doctrine. But since the focus point is circumcision, I will spear the reader. Brother Paul spent a massive amount of time relating circumcision to the churches. Here is a quote from one of his letter to the Romans congregation.
“Abraham received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.” -Apostle Paul-(Romans 4:11)
As a result of Paul letter to the church we’ve learn that the circumcision of the flesh is not the covenant. But instead circumcision was given to Abraham as a sign, mark, or a symbol. And God said to Abraham, “And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.” Paul said the exact same thing “Abraham received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised”
Therefore the circumcision made with hands was merely a shadow of what God had and would complete in all that would place their total trust in him. The circumcision launch us forward to revelation of Christ and rested securely in his finish work at the cross. The true circumcision finds its establishment at his resurrection, and its purpose in the pouring out of the Holy Ghost at the starting of the church. Every believer including Angels had to have their faith in this work of God in order to be saved.
The True Circumcision
In the letter of the Acts of the Apostles a great conflict arose over whether gentiles should be instructed to be circumcised. For some religious law-keeping Jews begin preaching, “Unless the gentiles take on the circumcision they could not be saved.” After considering this doctrine, the Apostles and Elders announce this statement to be wrong. By sending words to the churches that the gentiles should only abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. To place any more then this on them would place a yoke on them that even the fathers before them could not uphold (Acts 15: 1-29).
Certainly their conversation inspired Paul to write about circumcision in his letter to the Church in Roman. We can imagine this issue was very popular in his day. For many Christians were being deceived by law-keeping Jews. In as must as many of them left their faith in Christ to obtain salvation through the Law. Paul was aware of this and addressed the assemble at Roman saying.
Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Romans 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
Romans 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Faith in Jesus Messiah have become the very image of the true circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of the sins. Through Repentance, baptism in Jesus name and the infilling power of the Holy Ghost we fulfill the righteousness of the Law in Christ
(Col 2:9) For in him dwelled all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
(Col 2:10) And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
(Col 2:11) In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
(Col 2:12) Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14 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;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Those who place their faith in Jesus have become the Children of Abraham. Christ said to the Jewish rulers, If Abraham was your father you do the works of Abraham. But you’re the children of your father the Devil. Our faith in Jesus is counted to us as righteousness and the seed of Abraham and is the revelation of our circumcision. We don’t run after the signs, but rest in the victorious finish work of our savior and God and the cross. Therefore we have entered the temple prepared and approved of God. Now we are able to worship him in spirit, and truth with a clean hands and a pure heart.
For we (the church) are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The carnal Circumcision of the flesh has no power saved them who put there trust in it. Which have already been proven. But for further evidence, let’s recall the faithful of GOD.
Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks. Did God receive his gift while in uncircumcision, or was he circumcised. But while he was still uncircumcised in he flesh God receive his gift proclaiming him righteous.
Enoch a man of God, was translated and was seen no more. For the scriptures confess he walked with GOD, His translation, did it come while he was circumcised in the flesh or uncircumcised? Enoch was yet uncircumcised when he defeated death through faith.
Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world. For the scriptures say Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Yet he was uncircumcised in his flesh when these things took place.
Summary : The standard of circumcision has always existed since the beginning. We notice how God separated the light from darkness, thus proving the cutting away of sin, (darkness) from righteousness (light) was God’s desire for even nature. For it’s not that with is spiritual that comes first but that which is natural. Paul said : For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20). The faith of Abraham show us a perfect example, of passion and desires to separate from sin to practice righteousness. By the same faith we enter the perfect circumcised (sinless) body of Jesus Christ, and continue to circumcised our minds from all worldliness. Law-keepers, and law-breakers can only be saved after this fashion. Their hearts must be open to except Jesus as their Messiah or suffer everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. The church leaders are to proclaim this truth by preaching repentance and baptism, confirms God’s will for all to come out from among the world and be a separate people. That men might live in the circumcision of faith and free will toward God. The true Covenant of Circumcision.