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Study: 11                              

Paul The Apostle, Did Actually Circumcise To Timothy?

 

   According to the Scriptures Paul would have to go forth Timothy with him, and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters, for they knew all that his father was a greek (see Acts 16:3). Nevertheless, there is no concordance between the former and that which is written in Acts 15:1-32, for Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with those who came from Judaea and taught the brethern saying: "Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses ye cannot be Saved" (see Acts 15:1-2 and Acts 15:22-24).
   Wherefore the Church sent Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, to them which were Apostles of the Lord before Paul (Galatians 1:17) to consider about this matter (Acts 15:3-5). And the Apostles and Elders came together (see John 16:12-15; Matthew 18:19-20) and after a great disputing with certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, Peter explained how God sent him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles for the first time, and these believed (see Acts 10:1-43), so the Lord gave them the Gift of the Holy Spirit even as He did unto them which were Israelites (Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 11:1-18), purifying their hearts by Faith (Acts 15:9 and Acts 11:4-10). "Now therefore why test ye God to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?. But we believe that through the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be Saved, EVEN AS THEY" (Acts 15:10-11). After, James concluded: "Wherefore my judgment is that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are TURNED TO GOD: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood" (Acts 15:19-20). Thus the Apostles and Elders sent Judas and Silas with Paul and Barnabas which brought the following letter: "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us (remember Matthew 18:19-20 and John 16:12-15) to lay upon you NO MORE BURDEN than these necessary things: that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do Well. Fare ye Well". So the brethern from Antioch did receive a Great Consolation through that letter (see Acts 15:19-32).
   Paul keeping this Lord's Commandment wrote: "But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called to every one, so let hin walk, and so ordain I in all Churches. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let HIM NOT BE CIRCUMCISED. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the Obeying the Commandments of God" (1 Corinthians 7:17-19). For the Law and the Prophets were until John; since that time the Kingdom of God is Preached (The Gospel for Salvation) and the Whole Law and the Prophets hang on the following two Commandments: "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; and the second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself" (see Luke 16:16-17; Matthew 22:37-40; Galatians 5:13-14). Therefore, Christ is the END of the Law for Righteousness to every one that believes on Him (see Romans 10:4 and Romans 4:3); for, what a person could, can or shall be able to accomplish the whole Law? (see Acts 15:8-11; James 2:8-11). For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the CURSE, because God Justifies man by Faith (see Galatinas 3:5-12). Wherefore: "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being a curse for us (for it is written: Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree); that the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit Trough Faith" (Galatians 3:13-14; see also Galatians 3:1-6; Acts 2:1-39;  and Acts 10:44-48). "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but Faith which WORKETH BY LOVE. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not Obey the Truth?" (Galatians 5:6-7). "And I, brethern, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the tree ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you" (Galatians 5:11-12). "Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall benefit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is OBLIGATED TO DO THE WHOLE LAW. You have given up Grace" (Galatians 5:2-4).
   

Let us meditate: 

   Is there respect of persons with God?. Never! (Colossians 3:25; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9); then, why should Paul circumcise to Timothy "because of the Jews which abode there", tempting God by doing Timothy to keep the whole Law?.
   Reader, do you sincerely think that Paul trespassed God's Commandment for pleasing men?. If it were on that way, that which is written in Galatians 1:1 and Galatians 1:6-12 should be a lie; wherefore Paul should be a fraudulent worker of Christ. "For do I now persuade men, or God? or I do seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10). A-men.

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