Our Father in Heaven desires above all else to bring us blessings.
9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
Wow. We need to get our heads wrapped around just what Paul is telling us. Let’s go back to Genesis and see the original promise that God made with Abraham. We looked at the first promise in our previous post (click this link to read this post) where God promised to make a great nation out of Abraham.
God promised to bless him and make his name great.
He told him he would bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse Abraham. This is the first promise. Let’s skip ahead to another promise that God gives Abraham in Genesis 15:
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
In Romans, Paul tells us that Abraham was not under the law when God gave him these promises. Neither are we. Remember that Jesus Christ came to fulfill the letter of the law with His work on the cross. When Jesus said “It is finished” we need to know the depths of those three little words.
Christ finished it all once for all.
We are no longer under the law. It is through faith that we are made right with Christ. And it is through faith that we are able to claim these very promises that God gave to Abraham so many years ago.
God desires to bless us. He wants to be our shield and protect us. He desires to reward us. We will never be able to understand the depths of God’s love for us but we can get a little closer to understanding when we stop putting limits on God. We may not say these words out loud but we often think them. Words like “God can handle this one area of my life but I have to keep control over this other area.” Too often we think that God is capable of a certain amount but we don’t relinquish ALL areas of our lives.
He wants ALL: our health, our children, our spouses, our friendships, our finances, our jobs. Our everything.
Circumcision speaks of rituals and external signs. Let’s look back to Genesis and read a little more about it:
9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.
12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
God asked Abraham to undergo circumcision as a sign of the covenant between them.
This was an outward sign for the people to know who God’s chosen were.
We no longer have to go through this ritual to prove we are heirs. It is no longer about the outward physical circumcision but rather the inward circumcision of the heart. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we open our hearts to Him and He begins the circumcision processs. This is the cutting away of all those things that do not line up with His Word.
Open up your heart to Him today. Don’t keep pushing Him away. Don’t limit Him and the wonderful work He desires to do in you. In prayer, ask Him to expand your ability to see Him. Ask Him to create in you a pure heart and to renew a steadfast spirit within you.
He will do these things and so much more!
Do as Abraham did, call things that are not as though they are. Speak life and not death. Our words are powerful. Abraham did not see the promises of God but, through faith, he continued plowing forward knowing it was done even though he didn’t see it. He lived by faith and not by sight. This is something we are each called to do as well.
We live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
God is a good, good Father. Open up and let Him in today!
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,