Two weeks back I mentioned the danger of literal interpretation of texts that some sort of word picture, specifically chapter 2 verse 25 - For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. I forgot to comment on what it does mean. Paul is telling his Jewish kin folk that if they obey one part of the law (circumcision) but not the balance of the law, their law-keeping (circumcision) becomes lawlessness (uncircumcision). Partial obedience is lawlessness and physical circumcision is not complete obedience to the Law of Moses.
9 What then? Are we any better? Not at all! For we have previously charged that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin,As the apostle moves into deeper theological waters, he pauses to reinforce the main point thus far: natural man is doomed by sin; the sinful nature we all inherit from our father Adam and the sin we commit from the moment our brains are functioning. How can a man come clean? How can some claim man is able to do the best thing – seek peace with God? Paul answers these questions from a conglomeration of Old Testament passages; not with exact quotes, verse by verse as we are accustomed to, but an unquestionable reference to Jewish Scripture that his audience would have comprehended as such. The question that haunts me is how can so many Christian fail to see Paul’s point, made here and in many other places in the Bible?
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