What does it take to be declared righteous before God? How can we live today in confidence, knowing that we are absolutely spotless before our King? Let’s talk about it.
What is Biblical Circumcision?
Weird right?…Well it is really important!!!
Circumcision was a sign of righteousness, given to Abraham after He believed in the promise given to him by God (Genesis 15:6.) Paul tells us in Romans 4:10-12, that Abraham was credited righteousness while he was uncircumcised, therefore making circumcision a sign of the righteousness attained through faith.
He goes on to say that because of this, Abraham has become a father to both the circumcised and the uncircumcised, as long as the circumcised “follows in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.” Romans 4:12.
So, circumcision is a SIGN of righteousness, not the SOURCE of righteousness. Got it? Awesome. Keep reading.
Now that we understand that circumcision is a SIGN of righteousness and not the SOURCE of righteousness, we can fully understand what Paul means when he calls us (believers in Jesus) the TRUE CIRCUMCISION.
Paul, writing to the Philippian church, is warning the believers to stay away from the FALSE CIRCUMCISION. You see, there were false teachers coming into the church teaching people that in order to attain righteousness before God, they needed to be circumcised and follow the teaching of the Law of Moses.
They claimed that righteousness before God was not only attained through the shed blood of Jesus, but also through the continual adherence to the Law of Moses. Paul steps in and exposes the twisted demonic strategy at work within these false teachers.
The True Circumcision
Paul assures the believers that they are the TRUE CIRCUMCISION. “For we are the true circumcision, who worship (or offer acceptable service) in the Spirit of God and glory (or exult proudly with uplifted heads) in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh (or, are absolutely unpersuaded that the works produced by the flesh have any efficacy.)” Philippians 3:3
In this amazing statement, Paul reminds the believers WHO THEY ARE. They are the TRUE CIRCUMCISION who rely entirely upon the finished work of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as their basis for righteousness. Because of this truth, they do not need to adhere to the slavery propagated by the FALSE CIRCUMCISION, or those who do put confidence in their own ability.
The Finished Work
Jesus, the fullness of God and the perfect representation of the nature of God, declared that “everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:40
So, where is the mandate for performance or adherence to the Law of Moses? Where is the command to be circumcised? Jesus, again, who is the full and perfect representation of God, reveals to us that righteousness (a right standing in the sight of God) is attained through faith in Him. Settle your heart on this: this is not a teaching given through men…this is the direct revelation of the Son of God.
Build Your Life On Him
In Jesus, we are the TRUE CIRCUMCISION, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast proudly in the finished work of Jesus. We have counted our ability, outside of the Spirit of God, to attain, maintain, and grow in righteousness as absolutely futile. We are those who boast in Jesus, who say that He is our righteousness, our hope, and our perfect Redeemer.
Together, we must stand firm in the faith. Do not subject yourself to slavery again! Jesus has come to declare us righteous…FOREVER! Build your life on Him – He is the sure foundation that will stand against every wave and storm.
Openly and firmly reject any notion that you must perform today. Jesus has made you pleasing in the sight of your Father. Nothing can take that away from You.
Believe this to be true for yourself…declare this over and over again in your heart – “Jesus has made me righteous before my Father, I need no other thing.” This isn’t self-help or a powerless mantra – this is the truth of God. Claim this promise for yourself and walk in the Spirit of God.
He is faithful and able to “keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” Jude 1:24.
Jesus is our righteousness and we are more than conquerers in Him.