Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!
It might not register as the most appropriate topic around a dinner table, but it ranks as one of the most significant illuminators of true Christianity. Circumcision remains an eternal command, but those who profess faith in Jesus through the blood of the New Covenant must confront one of the most controversial issues in Scripture.
The ancient Scripture blatantly states:
“You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. For the generations to come every male among you…must be circumcised….My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” (Gen 17:10-14)
Compare this with New Testament commands:
“Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all…you have fallen away from grace.” (Gal 5:2-4)
If you don’t get circumcised, you are cut off from God and then if you do get circumcised you are cut off from God. You are damned either way.
As our family read further in the book Wineskins, we noted how it is that Scripture reconciles this apparent discrepancy. We also read what the Bible says about those, in spite of their sincerity, who get it wrong.
Understanding the New Covenant and how it relates to former covenants directly impacts our claims of Christianity. Those who ignorantly profess that the New is simply a magnification of the Old, have no biblical basis for solving the above conundrum. Perhaps that is why the Holy Spirit declares that those who profess such a blended “gospel” should be “eternally condemned” to Hell (Gal 1:9).
Whether you are willing to consider the guidance provided through the book Wineskins, or whether you prefer to seek revelation elsewhere on how the New Covenant alters how all of Scripture is to be understood, my encouragement is to man-up and face the knife.
It is on the knife’s edge that our faith in Christ and him crucified is revealed.
How do you reconcile the conflict in this eternal command?