Galatiansl 6:12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.


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We love to display our trophies, and we like to frame and display our degrees, The cowboy from yesteryear would notch is belt for every kill. It is in our nature to boast in the flesh. These accomplishment don’t come easy. And it is natural to want to make a good showing when we are out about. These false apostles that Paul has been dealing with since the beginning of Galatians  were wanting to put notches in their saddles. They carried a good face outward and made sure their self-righteousness was on display before men, to be approved by them.  They were tumblers clean on the outside and filthy on the inside. The flesh has to have attention, we see people today who are always late, they like to come in late so everyone will notice them. It’s a narcissistic attitude, have you ever notice President Obama is always late. We spend hours getting prepared for work on a weekly basis. Have you ever seen people putting on make-up while driving? Our flesh is like an empty grave it is never satisfied.

They constrain you to be circumcised; not by using any outward force and violence; and not by their example, which had great influence, they secretly conspired to  embracing of evil principles, and giving in to bad practices: or by their doctrine; the arguments they made use of to persuade them to it, being formed and managed with great art and subtlety, with threatenings of hell and damnation; affirming, that unless they were circumcised, they could not be saved: and their end was, Today they constrain you to be Baptized, not by using outward force or violence, but with threatenings of hell and damnation, that unless you are baptized you cannot be saved.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)  proponents of salvation by baptism like to us this verse, they always neglect the last half of the verse that says “but whoever does not believe will be condemned, Did you notice it did not say who ever does not believe and is not baptized will be condemned.

The Jews were highly offended at the preaching of the Cross, they could befriend Jesus but the Cross was a direct assault on circumcision, which was the one Jewish trophy that belonged to them alone. That is why Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Crist the old has passed away, (the old system of circumcision, the repeated sacrifices, and all the regulations has past away) “Behold” the new has come. (The new life in Christ by faith through grace, by God’s will) The flesh is powerful, but greater is He who is in you, enable us to walk according to the Spirit.

Gregory Lane