Philippians 3:3 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. For we are the circumcision And not they; they have the name, and we the thing, or that which legal circumcision was a shadow of, namely, circumcision of the heart; which lies in being pricked to the heart under a true sense of sin; in having the hardness of the heart removed, and the iniquity of it laid to open view; in pain and contrition of heart about it, joined with shame for it, and loathing of it, the consequence of which is, a putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, ( Colossians 2:11 ) , according to the former conversation; and also in a renouncing a man's own righteousness in point of justification before God, and acceptance with him. "Worship" is either inward or outward; inward worship lies in the exercise of grace on God, as of faith, hope, love, fear outward worship is the performance of certain external actions required by God, and both are to be performed: and it is also either private or public; private worship is in the closet, or in the family, and consists of praying, singing of praises public worship lies in tire observance of the outward ordinances of preaching, praying, hearing singing in the church of God; even all such ordinances as God has appointed, which are recorded in the Scriptures, and are confirmed by the authority of Christ. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. He warned that “the circumcision” were trying to impose physical circumcision, and other Jewish traditions onto Gentile believers, and yet they do not even keep the Law themselves! ALL believers, whether circumcised Jew or uncircumcised Gentiles are one in Christ, and lay claim to the same spiritual circumcision – a true circumcision of the heart, because we are ALL saved by grace through faith in Christ. All rights reserved. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Attempts were made to incorporate Jewish rites into Christian worship; to confuse Israel with the Church and to combine the programme God must carry out through His chosen nation – Israel, with the work He is currently undertaking through the body of Christ – which is the Church.“Circumcision” was a special sign, which God specifically gave to the nation of Israel – through Abraham It was a sign that sealed the unique and important role they were to play in God’s plan for man’s redemption. Or in and with our own hearts and spirits, which should be engaged in every part of religious worship with much attention, diligence, and fervency; or in a spiritual manner, in opposition to the carnal worship of the Jews, and the bodily exercise of formal professors; and which lies in drawing nigh to God with true hearts, sincere and fervent ones, with grace in them, and that in exercise: and rejoice in Christ Jesus; or "glory in" him, and make their boast of him; for a different word is here used from that in ( Philippians 3:1 ) . Praise God that Gentiles – together with “the Israel of God (i.e. Paul exclaimed God forbid!! Such who have a true sense of themselves, and a spiritual sight of Christ, will not glory in themselves, in their wisdom, strength, riches, or righteousness, but in Christ, in his wisdom and strength, in his riches and righteousness, and in his person and grace only: and have no confidence in the flesh; in any carnal descent, or birth privilege, as to be of the seed of Abraham, of the of Israel, or of such a tribe, or family, or born of such a parent; nor in circumcision, or any of the carnal ordinances of the ceremonial law; nor in any civil, moral, legal, and external righteousness, for so to do is but to make flesh an arm; or indeed to trust in anything out of Christ, or short of him; and all this makes up the character and description of a true believer in Christ. Physical circumcision may identify a person as Jewish, but only those who believe in Christ can be called “the true circumcision”.In his concluding exhortation to the Galatian Christians, Paul summed up this vital truth with great clarity – Jews, who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel YOU Gentiles to be circumcised. Philippians 3:1–11 warns Christians about the influence of false teachers, particularly those who add legalism on top of the gospel. Praise God that they been called to worship the Lord in spirit and truth – to worship in the Spirit of God; to glory in Christ Jesus our Lord and put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3 (CEBA) We are the circumcision. Heavenly Father, thank You that I am not required to jump through various Jewish hoops to reach You, but have been saved by grace through faith in Christ alone, and together with believing Jews – the true Israel of God, we are all one in Christ, members of His body and joint heirs with our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray, AMEN. For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but we are a new creation – and may peace be on all (Gentiles) who will walk by this rule, and may MECRY be upon “the Israel of God”.What grace.. that believing Gentiles, together with believing Jews, are designated by Paul as “the true circumcision”. Both before and after the cross there are Jewish men and women whom Paul calls “the Israel of God”. They did not understand that the Law of God, the Prophets of Israel, the Psalms and the Feasts-days were all pointing to Christ – and that “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”, had set them free from “the law of sin and of death”.Today, as in those early days of Christianity, there is still much confusion about the “gospel of God”, and there are many attempts to add law to grace and works to faith.