Circumcision

On behalf of your brother Octave, called to be a prisoner of Christ by the will of God, may grace and peace be given to you by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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Circumcision was a sign of the covenant of Jesus Christ with his Jewish people before he was born as a man on the land of life, millions of men would be circumcised worldwide for aesthetic or hygienic reasons especially for medical reasons.

 

The new birth is the definition of circumcision according to the Old Covenant in the Bible.

– When all these things happen to you, the blessing and the curse that I put before you, if you take them to heart in the midst of all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you, if you come back to the LORD your God, and if you obey his voice with all your heart and with all your soul, you and your children, according to all that I command you today, then the LORD your God will bring back your captive and have compassion on you, he will gather you again from among all the peoples in whom the LORD your God has scattered you.

When you are exiled to the other end of heaven, the LORD your God will gather you from there, and that is where he will look for you.

The LORD your God will bring you back into the land that your fathers owned, and you will possess it; he will do you good, and make you more numerous than your fathers.

The LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed, and you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate and persecute you.

And you, you will return to the Lord, you will obey his voice, and you will practice all these commandments that I prescribe today.

The LORD your God will fill you with good things by making all the work of your hands prosper, the fruit of your bowels, the fruit of your flocks, and the fruit of your ground; for the LORD will take pleasure in your happiness again, as he took pleasure in your fathers’, when you obey the voice of the LORD your God, keeping his commandments and his commandments written in this book of the law. when you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 30: 1-10).

 

Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the definition of circumcision according to the new Covenant in the Bible.

– Take care that no one makes you a prey to you by philosophy and vain deception, based on the tradition of men, on the rudiments of the world, and not on Christ.

For in him dwells corporately all the fullness of the divinity.

You have everything fully in him, who is the head of all domination and authority.

And it is in him that you have been circumcised from a circumcision that the hand has not made, but from the circumcision of Christ, which consists in the stripping of the body of the flesh: having been buried with him by baptism you are also resurrected in him and with him, by faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

You who were dead by your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he restored you to life with him, giving thanks for all our offenses; he has effaced the act of which the ordinances condemned us and which subsisted against us, and he destroyed it by nailing it to the cross; he stripped down the dominions and the authorities, and publicly gave them a show, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2: 8-15).

For we are his work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared in advance, that we may do them.

Wherefore, ye formerly pagans in the flesh, called uncircumcised by those who are called circumcised and who are in the flesh by the hand of man, remember that you were at that time without Christ, deprived of the right of citizenship in Israel, strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

But now, in Jesus Christ, you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he who made both of them one, and who overthrew the wall of separation, enmity, having destroyed by his flesh the law of the ordinances in his prescriptions, in order to create in him – even with the two one new man, establishing peace, and reconciling them, one and the other in one body, with God by the cross, destroying enmity with it.

He came to proclaim peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access to the Father in one Spirit.

So, then, you are no longer strangers, or outsiders; but you are fellow citizens of the saints, people of the house of God.

You were built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the cornerstone.

In him all the edifice, well coordinated, rises to be a holy temple in the Lord.

In him you are also edified to be a dwelling of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2: 10-22).

 

– If therefore you are risen with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Affect the things above, not the things on the earth.

Because you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, your life, will appear, then you will also appear with him in glory.

So put to death the members who are on the earth, fornication, impurity, passions, bad desires, and greed, which is idolatry.

It is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion, among whom you once walked, when you lived in those sins.

But now, give up all these things, anger, animosity, malice, slander, dishonest words that could come out of your mouth.

Do not lie to one another, being stripped of the old man and his works, and having put on the new man, who renews himself in knowledge, according to the image of him who created him.

There is neither Greek nor Jew, neither circumcised nor uncircumcised, nor barbarian nor Scythian, nor slave nor free; but Christ is everything and in all.

So, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, put on your guts of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience.

Do you support one another, and, if one has cause to complain of the other, forgive each other. As Christ forgave you, forgive you too.

But above all these things, put on charity, which is the link of perfection.

And may the peace of Christ, to which you have been called to form one body, reign in your hearts. And be grateful.

May the word of Christ dwell among you abundantly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, by psalms, by hymns, by spiritual songs, singing to God in your hearts under the inspiration of grace.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3: 17-17).

 

– For the rest, my brothers and sisters in Christ, be in joy, seeking perfection in faith in Jesus Christ.

Live in peace, in love and in full agreement with Jesus Christ.

Greet all saints and all my readers.

May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen!

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