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Alleged Biblical Inconsistencies

Posted by Pastoral Musings on July 22nd, 2009

The alleged discrepancy that is featured this week is an interesting one indeed.

The problem “finding” skeptic presents us with the following:

GE 17:7, 10-11 The covenant of circumcision is to be everlasting.
GA 6:15 It is of no consequence.

The reality is that physical circumcision pointed to a much greater spiritual reality. Moses stated that God would circumcise the hearts of the people (Deut 30:6). We are told that there is a circumcision made without hands (Col 2:11). This circumcision is that which is of the heart, in the spirit, and wrought and accepted by God (Rom 2:28,29)

Yes, physical circumcision is of no spiritual consequence. It pointed to spiritual circumcision; the working of God by which He removes our sins from us and gives us a heart to serve and worship Him.

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  1. Mark Penrith Says:

    Hi there,

    The Law still stands doesn’t it? I’m thinking of Jesus’ words, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

    So if the law stands then, Genesis 17:7 remains true.

    Shame on man though, we can’t live up to the standard, so the Law acts as a literal pointer rather than a metaphorical spiritual one. “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”

    Haven’t given this much thought but I’m thinking now ;) .

    Thanks,

    Mark

  2. JasonS Says:

    Mark,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Spiritual circumcision fills up (fulfills) the pointer/type of physical circumcision. That is why the statement is made that it is not physical circumcision that is the issue, but a new creation…i.e. a circumcised heart.
    Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. oldbutweary Says:

    Hello, Mark – been a while since you commented on my blog.

    Jesus’ words in Matt. 5 that you quoted really aren’t addressing the Law’s still standing – in the sense it seems you mean by “standing.” They are talking about His coming to fulfill the Law on behalf of His people – to “fulfill all righteousness,” as He said at His baptism. Because v.20 says unless one’s righteousness exceeds that of some pretty “righteous” people, one will not enter Heaven. He came to do what we, the scribes and the Pharisees couldn’t – obey the Law perfectly. Besides, what is Jesus referring to by “the Law and the Prophets?” Perhaps the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures?

    If the Law still stands and Gen. 17 is still in force in that sense, then is not possible the Mosaic Covenant is still in place in its original meaning? Where does the New Covenant fit in?

  4. JasonS Says:

    OBW,
    Thanks for stopping by to visit with one of your old friends :-) . Check back and see if he comes back to visit us.
    I’ll pop in and visit your blog.

 
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