While the NT does mention physical circumcision it also clearly states that such was not necessary for one to be a legitimate Christian.
Originally Posted by TheWholeGospel
I believe what you are not aware of is the purpose for which circumcision was given in the first place. It was a ritual by which one identified with the covenant relationship God made only with Israel. As such if you became circumcised, you were obligated to obey ALL the laws of Judaism including the Sabbath, the dietary laws, etc. etc. etc. And that was the issue that was addressed at the Jerusalem council Acts 15.
Ga 5:3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law..
And yes, circumcision was indeed far more important that the Sabbath.
John 7:22-23 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
And since Jesus was under the Old Covenant God made with Israel at Mt. Sinai, are we also under that Old Covenant dispensation? We read in Galatians 4:4-5 that Christ was under the law and came to redeem us from the law.
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
In essence, the status of the believer before the Resurrection was different than that after the Resurrection.
Futhermore, you have Galatians also telling us that the law was but a temporary measure designed to lead us to Christ. And once we are brought to faith, the law becomes unnecessary.
3:24-25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
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