“11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16 As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.” NRSV
For those of you who have watched the sermon series the last two weeks Paul’s massage in this passage should sound somewhat familiar.
Paul understands that circumcision is being used as a test of faith by those who do not agree with him. For them, it is all about allegiance to God by obedience to the Law. Paul reminds us that having the faith and love that Jesus modeled for us is the new paradigm by which God judges the world. That is what makes us new creations!
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