Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Each new species, the racial Jew and the new spiritual species, the Church, originates from a category of Biblical death.
Friday, April 5, 2002
The racial Jew and the new spiritual species, the church, originate from a category of Biblical death.
Israel originated from Abrahams sexual death, ROM 4:17-21; HEB 11:11-12. The church originates from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the union with the substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the Cross.
GAL 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
ROM 6:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
The new racial species is related to the circumcision of Abraham at age 99.
The new spiritual species is created through circumcision - the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation which began on the day of Pentecost.
“in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ” = “by the renunciation of the body or the flesh” - the old sin nature which indwells the body.
by the circumcision of Christ = your retroactive positional truth.
The spiritual circumcision of being entered into union with Christ is the sign of the new spiritual species, “a circumcision made or performed without human hands,” COL 2:11.
Physical circumcision was cutting off of a part of the flesh as a symbol of a covenant relationship with God and His people.
COL 2:11 - spiritual circumcision is “removal of, not a part of the body, but, the entire body of the flesh” or the OSN.
The “removal of it” is positional truth - a result of the believer being placed in Christ by the Spirits baptizing work.
Because the sin nature was judged by Christ in His death, so the believer by virtue of his union and identification with Christ shares that “removal,” just as he shares Christs fullness and is “complete” in Him,COL 2:10.
The believers circumcision is not only a spiritual reality consisting in the putting off of the body of the flesh; it is Christs circumcision, effected by Him and imputed to the believer.
Our Lords circumcision here has no reference to His physical circumcision, LUK 2:21, when He was eight days old, but applies to Christs death towards the entire sin nature.
There is no sin nature without the male phallus because it is the male phallus that is the instrument that passes down the old sin nature to both the male and female.
One of the meanings behind circumcision = it was a ritual related to Abrahams spiritual growth.
Our spiritual circumcision - we do not have to wait to become a mature believer like Abraham did, because we are in union with Christ and we share in His circumcision.
It does not imply eradication of the flesh in this life, but it does indicate that by union with Christ the believer in time is delivered from the power and the authority of the OSN.
Your flesh is dead! It was crucified with Christ on the cross and the only thing that your dead flesh can produce is dead works.
GAL 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Our circumcision, which occurred at the moment of salvation or spiritual birth = TLJC has cut off the foreskin of the OSN from the believer.
Salvation by works = a false doctrine which rejects Gods grace policy in the provision of eternal salvation for the human race.
Salvation by works rejects the total helplessness of mankind under real spiritual death.
Salvation by works makes the distinction between Christianity and religion.
God the Father planned it, God the Son executed it on the cross, and God the Holy Spirit reveals it.
In religion, man seeks to gain the approbation of God through some category of human works, self-sacrifice, personality, or energy of the flesh.
There are at least seven categories of salvation by works rejected by the Word of God, EPH 2:9, “It is not by works.”
Repent and believe.
Confession of sins.
Begging God to save you.
Inviting Christ into your heart.
Acknowledge Christ publicly.
Circumcision was the favorite of the Jews.
Salvation by baptism is prominent with us today.
Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002