Galatians 5:12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!


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I have dreaded getting to this verse, what Paul is saying and it is very strong, that those who trouble these young converts, saying they must be circumcised  to be saved, He wish they would cut off their manhood, what he is saying if your going to defame Christ and say you manhood is what can save you, you would be better off cutting your manhood off.  Same analogy , if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. (Matthew 5:29) Paul is not being brutal, He is showing abundant Love, If circumcision would keep them from being saved, then mutilate yourselves  Paul  desire for them to be saved, is His motivation here. And on the flip side Paul is showing how serious this false teaching is. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and the argument over this issue of circumcision has brought us to this, God will not tolerate mans imput,to what only God can do. To take this word a little further “emasculate” the root meaning is (to cut off) , and Paul has no desire for His fellow Jews to be cut of from the promise of God. We need to have the same desire that no one  be cut off from the promise of God. That being having our sins forgiven, our eyes opened to the truth of the gospel, and fellowship with the saints of God.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1John 4:9)

The Love of God, The Truth of the Bible, and The Light of the Reformation

Gregory Lane