Circumcised For Christ

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Circumcised for Christ

Paul {the Apostle Paul} came also to Derbe and to Lystra {two cities}. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer {a Christian}, but his father was a Greek.

He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.

Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places: for they knew that his father was a Greek.”

~ The Book of Acts; chapter 16, verses 1, 2 and 3 [ESV]

What would you do to show the humbleness of Christ?

A growing addendum to my philosophy of life is the idea of being the Humbleness and Boldness of Jesus Christ to society.

By being the Humbleness of Christ I would mirror society, but not neglecting the oracles of God. By being the Boldness of Christ I would in turn lift up Christ and demand repentance to be reconciled to God.

In the above passage from the book of Acts, Timothy (a young minister and official representative of the Apostle Paul) showed the Humbleness of Christ by getting circumcised as an adult (and not an 8 day old infant as prescribed in the Old Testament)!

Being circumcised as an adult in the first century would give me pause…sterilization of the medical instruments? Pain management? Stress free recuperation?

Imagine the conversation:

The Apostle Paul wanted Timothy to be able to reach the Jews, but they would not even acknowledge him because he was not a Jew, just a ‘filthy half-breed’. So Paul proposed to Timothy that if he were to get circumcised, it would show he was first a Jew from his mother’s side of the family and possibly allow Timothy an opportunity to communicate with the Jews of the cities he would be traveling to.

I’m certain Timothy thought, “By GRACE I am redeemed by Christ and not by the works I do! By the way Paul didn’t you write in the book of Romans that circumcision isn’t necessary for anyone’s Salvation? And did you not write in the book of Galatians that you refused to circumcise another young minister by the name of Titus because of circumstances? Now you want me to mutilate myself for just the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Christ to the same group of racist bigots that never gave me a second look or care while I was growing up?”

The answer, of course, was “yes”.

So, Rev. Timothy relented. By great sacrifice he showed the Humbleness of Christ.

But it did not stop there. Once the Jews would listen to him, Timothy didn’t befriend them and go golfing with them. He didn’t attempt to just be nice and not wrinkle any feathers.

He preached Christ crucified and demanded repentance:

As they went on their way through the cities, they {Paul and Timothy} delivered to them {the churches and the Jews} for observance the decisions {dogmas, doctrines, ordinances, judgments} that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem.

So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.”

~ The Book of Acts; chapter 16, verses 4 & 5 [ESV]

Which is therefore showing the Boldness of Christ.

And this has now become eminent in my life.

How are you showing the Humbleness and Boldness of Jesus Christ?

The Humbleness of Christ is elucidated eloquently by the Apostle Paul in this passage:

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them {to the cause of Christ}.

To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law {the Law of Moses} I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.

To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”

~ 1st Corinthians; chapter 9, verses 19 through 23 [ESV]

And of course the Boldness of Christ, as written by the Apostle Paul:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith’.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”

~ The Book of Romans; chapter 1, verses 16, 17 and 18 [ESV]

May the Church actualize in this dual image…

~ Daniel Gabriel

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