Ephesians 2: 11-13
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—that at that time you were without Christ…” (Ephesians 2:11&12a)
The term circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the male genitals. This was a sign of God’s promise to Abraham and was peculiar to His seed. It is a very difficult and painful process to pass through, physically.
Now, our spiritual circumcision is beyond that which is done by human hands.
Paul’s admonition to the Ephesian Church made it clear that the Gentiles were referred to as the uncircumcised by the Jews because they are not from the direct lineage of Abraham and so could not partake in the commonwealth of
Israel. They lived without hope and the knowledge of God. But by their belief in Christ, the principle of physical circumcision was no longer needed to bring them into a relationship with God or make them partakers in the blessings of Abraham. The death and blood of Jesus qualifies all who believe.
Now we who were not expected to be partakers of the blessings of God have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, through His death and resurrection from the grave. This process has made us circumcised and is known as the
circumcision of the heart. Your belief in Christ results in a changed and circumcised heart which makes you acceptable in the sight of God and presentable before Him unto every good work.
Your redemption is not a function of physical activities, but a result of your belief in Christ “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8, ESV).
1. Help me, Lord, to walk with You.
2. Lord, may Your redemptive work be visible in my life.