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The Everlasting Covenant

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    What Real Circumcision is

    Circumcision was the sign of righteousness by faith. But that righteousness is the righteousness required by the law of God. Circumcision never amounted to anything unless the law was kept. In fact, the keeping of the law is real circumcision. The Lord requires truth in the inward parts. An outward show, with no righteousness within, is an abomination to Him. The law must be in the heart, or else there is no real circumcision. But the law can be in the heart only by the power of the Lord through the Spirit. “The law is spiritual,” 2Romans 7:14. that is it is of the nature of the Holy Spirit, and the law can be in the heart only as the Spirit of God dwells there.EVCO 90.4

    Circumcision is therefore nothing less than the sealing of righteousness in the heart by the Holy Spirit. This is what Abraham received. His circumcision was the scale of the righteousness of faith which he had. But the righteousness of faith was that by which he was to inherit the promised possession. Therefore circumcision was the pledge of his inheritance. Now read the following text:—EVCO 90.5

    “It whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.... in whom also we have obtained an inheritance.... In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were scaled with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.” 1Ephesians 1:7-14.EVCO 90.6

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