Thursday, April 4, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 April 2019

A Circumcised Heart

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 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.” (Romans 2:28-29)

Today’s Morsel: Under the law, there were many rules that the Israelites were required to follow.  One of those laws was that of circumcision of all males at 8 days old (see Genesis 17:12).  It was why Abraham circumcised Isaac at 8 days old (see Genesis 21:4); and why Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to be presented and circumcised at 8 days old after his birth (see Luke 2:21).  The design of circumcision was to be a sign of separation from the world and of consecration to God.  Paul wanted the church to know that just because one was circumcised in the flesh, outwardly, it did not make him a Jew inwardly.  The same is true with becoming a Christian.  Just because one is dedicated and baptized as a baby outwardly, it doesn’t make him a Christian nor a part of the family of God.  Paul told the church at Colossi, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 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: 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.” (Colossians 2:8-12)  You must be born-again of the water and the Spirit to be His (Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9).  Circumcision (water baptism) which is acceptable to God is of the heart inwardly, not of the flesh outwardly.

Sing:  Since Jesus came into my heart. Since Jesus came into my heart. Floods of Joy over my soul like a sea billow roll, since Jesus came into my heart.

Thought for today: Circumcision is of the heart. 

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