Friday, April 15th, 2016
“43 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it……… 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. 49 …………. dwells among you.”
Exo 12:43-49 (paraphrased)
An indispensable condition for the Israelites to become Children of God in the OT is to be physically circumcised. The words of God in both the OT and the NT are important and precious to those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. According to the above passage, to keep the Passover one need to be first physically circumcised. Physical circumcision is the cutting of a man’s foreskin. It was an ordinance and basis of consecration for God to become covenanted with those who severed their sins by faith through physical circumcision. Likewise, in the NT God becomes the God of those who cut off their sins by faith through Jesus’ baptism and death. Isa 34:16; 1 John 5:6
A day for the Israelites to remember and thank God for their deliverance and exodus from Egypt. The Passover means that the people of Israel were spared from the death of the firstborn by the blood of the sacrificial lamb and circumcision. Therefore God told them to observe the Passover throughout their generations as a reminder of His mercy.
To keep the Passover spiritually in the NT, we have to be circumcised from our sin in our hearts by faith. Rom 2:29; Col 2:12. The Passover Lamb, as we know, is Jesus Christ Who took away the sins of the world through His baptism and death on the cross. John 1:29
An act of faith that implies a true believer must cut off all the sins of his heart by believing in the baptism of Jesus. Abraham believed in the Word of God and was declared righteous and father of faith. Thus, physical circumcision became the mark of the covenant between God and Abraham. Spiritually speaking, today it signifies the passing of all our sins on to Jesus through faith in His baptism by John the Baptist at the River Jordan. Therefore, physical circumcision in the OT is the baptism of Jesus in the NT, both being the covenant of God which makes us His people.
Righteousness of Faith
Whoever comes into Christ without faith in spiritual circumcision shall be cut off from His Righteousness and His Church. Righteousness of faith in Jesus’ baptism saves one from all sins in order to be sealed with the Holy Spirit and to become a child of God. Failing to understand the true meaning of spiritual circumcision which cuts off our old nature prevents one from being born again. This would render our faith worthless and as such building our house of faith on sand. 1 Pet 3:21; 1 John 5:6; Gal 3:27
Faith only in the cross of Jesus without being spiritually circumcised in the baptism of Jesus could cast us out from God’s grace and mercy. Sin will still be intact in our hearts. We must believe that God’s redemption starts with the baptism of Jesus Christ (spiritual circumcision) and accomplished by His blood on the cross (death). Such faith is akin to believing in our hearts the Truth of salvation in the righteousness of God that constitutes Jesus’ baptism and blood. Faith in righteousness of God enables us to be delivered from the power of darkness to become the children of Light. More so, this precious faith separates those who are truly born again from the ranks of ordinary believers. Rom 2:29
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