I. False Motives From False Teachers
A. They Desire To Have You Circumcised To Make A Good Showing In The FleshII. A True Motive From The Apostle
B. They Desire To Have You Circumcised To Avoid Persecution
C. They Desire To Have You Circumcised So They May Glory In Your Flesh
A. The Cross Is Our GloryIII. Marks That Matter
B. The World Has Been Crucified To Us
C. We Have Been Crucified To The World
A. Circumcision Or Uncircumcision? Neither.Conclusion: Paul ends this letter as abruptly as he begins it. He doesn't send greetings to the Galatians, but instead offers this blessing upon them, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." A fitting end to a letter in which he has utterly destroyed the works of the flesh as the grounds of any kind of standing before God. He leaves them only with grace and nothing more. May we find the courage, peace, and freedom to embrace this life of grace through the power of the Spirit. On behalf of the Apostle and Jesus Christ, Grace be to you.
B. EXCURSUS: The Circumcision Of The Heart
Galatians 3:16, 29, Rom 2:25-29, Eph. 2:11-22, I Cor. 7:18-19, Col 2:11-14
In Romans 11 we are pictured as having been grafted into Israel.
In Romans 9, Paul tells us that it is not those who are children by the flesh who are regarded as children, but those of promise.
In Leviticus, those who are not circumcised in the heart are excluded from the covenant. Lev 26:40-42
And in Deuteronomy, Moses commands, "Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn." Deu 10:16, Deu 30:1-6
In Jeremiah, the prophet tells Israel, "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh-- Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart." Jer 9:25-26 Israel in these verses are compared with every other pagan, uncircumcised nation because although they are circumcised in the flesh, they are not circumcised in the heart. see also Jer 4:3-4, Eze 44:6-9
Stephen, as he preached to the mob that would stone him, said, "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it." Act 7:51-53
But regarding Christians, Paul says, "Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh--" Phi 3:2-3
C. The Israel Of God1. Not the 'New' IsraelD. The Marks Of Persecution, Our Outward Circumcision 2Co 4:8-12, Phi 1:29-30
2. Not the 'Nation' of Israel
3. The 'Only' Israel of God