Emanna for 10/04/2019

The Spiritual Meaning of Circumcision (1)

Bible Verses

Gen 17:10 This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your seed after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. Col 2:11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ. Phil 3:3 For we are the circumcision,the ones who serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.

Words of Ministry

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These two verses show what circumcision is. Simply put, circumcision is the removal of the flesh. What should be the attitude of those who are circumcised? They should have no confidence in the flesh and should not put their trust in the flesh. Therefore, circumcision deals with man's inherent energy, his natural strength. The greatest problem among God's children is that they do not know what the flesh is! The flesh that many Christians know is merely related to the matter of sin. It is true that the flesh causes us to sin. But the flesh does not cause man to just sin. Romans 8:8 says that "those who are in the flesh cannot please God." This means that the flesh has tried to please God. Many times, the goal of the flesh may not be to try to offend God; its goal may be to try to please God. Romans 7 shows us that the flesh exerts great effort to keep the law, to do good, to do God's will, and to please God. However, it cannot make it. Once our flesh is circumcised, we will not believe in ourselves any longer. We will not be that full of confidence, and we will not express our opinions easily. Before the Lord, we must see that we are weak, powerless, helpless, and faltering.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry Watchman Nee, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 1993, pp. 65-67. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 7/27/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.