WEDNESDAY January 31, 2018
Keeping the Commandments Matters
Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. - 1 Corinthians 7:18-19
Why would Paul bring up the subject of circumcision when he was speaking about marriage? Most Gentiles in this culture were not circumcised. The Jewish Law said you could not be a believer until you were circumcised. The Jews were more concerned about the outward appearance.
Paul told the Corinthians it was not about being circumcised, it was about faith and grace in Jesus Christ. When you come to the Lord it does not really matter whether you are circumcised or not. It is being born again of the Holy Spirit. Circumcision is nothing––obedience is the key. So, they did not have to become circumcised. Paul was trying to teach freedom and peace and not rules and regulations. The Corinthian believers needed to serve God by obedience; they need not get caught up in the Law.
Underline in your Bible the part of the verse that says,keeping the commandments of God is what matters. As Christians, we have to obey God’s Word. Seriously, do not be so concerned with outward appearance. Be more concerned in keeping the Word of God.
The difference between disobedience and obedience is marked by the individual's attitude toward the sin.
~Donald Grey Barnhouse~
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