By: Frederick Osei Frimpong
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. (Philippians 3:3)
At a certain juncture of my life, I visited a brethren who was hospitalized at a clinic. On my return, I overheard an unending wailing and heart piercing cries from a young male chap. I developed an urgent empathy for this fellow, and inquired the problem that had led to this awful sight. One of the nurses rapidly replied, “He is going through circumcision.”
God is not an author of imperfection, neither is He a catalyst for disorderliness. God demanded a perfect walk from Abram and desired to covenant with him (Abram). Abram’s calling was to be sealed with a covenant, so the Lord God inquired something of him.
In Genesis 17:17, the Lord said to Abram, “…I am God Almighty, walk before me and be thou perfect and I will make my covenant between me and thee and I will multiply thee exceedingly.
God furthers his conversation with a striking command saying, “this is my command, which ye shall keep between me and you and between thy seed after thee; every male child among you shall be circumcised and you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it should be a token of the covenant between me and you.”
The Greek word for circumcise is “peritemno” which connotes to cut around, removal of male foreskin. There is a prophetic insight the Greek unveils, figuratively cutting off the old life in favour of the new which is in Christ Jesus (The Seed).
To buttress this reality, Paul articulating from a higher spiritual perception expounded in Colosians 2:11, that “in HIM you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” GLORY!!!
The Apostle Paul unravels one of the greatest mysteries in the kingdom that, the operations of the flesh (sin and its deeds) has been perpetually disannulled and annihilated by the circumcision ascertained in Christ as one of the products of his finished works on the cross. We needed not to go through the pain as Abram went through, but perfected in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Peter reiterates this truth by saying, “ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house…”, we have been separated from the flesh.
As David ended the forty day boastings of the Philistine Goliath, with this question, who is this uncircumcised Philistine defiling the army of the Israel. David understood covenant keys, which came by circumcision, to ride over the Philistine.
You also, by circumcision in the covenant list of God, and have been delivered from any flesh (sickness, frustration, retrogression, failure, uncertainties and sin).
You are spirit institution now, operating from the realm of the Holy Spirit.