Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness. In what way then was it credited — while he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while he was circumcised, but uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also. And he became the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had while he was still uncircumcised.
“Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham; and I am one of them, and so are you; so let’s all praise the Lord, right hand, left hand….”
A previous Church that we went to told us that the Father Abraham song was the worst theological song ever written. Really? Does not this text teach that Abraham is the Father of both the circumcised and uncircumcised? He is the Father of all peoples of all nations who have the same faith as Abraham.
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The salvation that God offers to us is by faith alone in Christ alone. It is not dependent upon circumcision, baptism, church membership; it is not dependent upon blood line, geographical location, or color of skin. Christ is the Savior of all who place their faith upon him alone. God is so gracious to have provided a way.
- Do you see that Abraham was justified before he obeyed God in the act of circumcision? He believed God first, righteousness was added to his account, then he was circumcised. Faith always precedes obedience, but obedience always follows true faith.
- Explain what James meant when he said, “show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works”?