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Showing how in no place does Galatians 5:2 say that the commandment of circumcision has been abolished.
Rather, in verse 4 context is given and when read together, the passage is speaking to a group of people who were perhaps incorrectly thinking they would be saved once and only after they got their circumcision (‘under the law’).
This is what it means in Galatians 5:2 by ‘…if you accept circumcision…’ (ESV).
A believer however understands that they are saved upon believing in G-d and I Christ (Messiah) (Romans 3:28, John 14:1, Isaiah 50:10), and that with this faith they observe the Law of Moses (Rom 3:31 ESV) – they get circumcised on this belief.
Some have currently, and sadly inherited the incorrect understanding of the following passage of Scripture;
Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.
Galatians 5:2 ESV
If we read just a little further, context for what verse 2 means by ‘accept’ circumcision, is found in verse 4 – it says;
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
Galatians 5:4 NIV
Here, Holy Scripture confirms that when verse 2 says ‘accept’ circumcision, it means that the people who are being addressed in verse 2, may have been of the incorrect belief that they would be ‘justified by the law’ (v.4).
This means that they may have been trying to approach being declared completely righteous in an impossible way;
‘relying on their deeds alone, instead of putting their confidence in G-d and Messiah for righteousness, whilst also diligently upholding the law.’
Galatians 5:2 is indeed maintaining that circumcision is a commandment to uphold, though the context of it is ‘do not place your confidence on the flesh, and neglect faith in Christ (Messiah).
Justification is by faith;
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Romans 3:28 ESV
Salvation is by grace through faith;
‘For by grace are ye saved through faith…’
(Ephesians 2:8 KJV)
However with this faith, we still diligently strive to;
‘..uphold the law.’
(Romans 3:31 ESV)
‘…we uphold the Torah.’
(Kehilah in Rome 3:31 OJB).
A believing male is circumcised, though with this ‘faith with works’ instruction, one is certainly not forced by human hands, hence;
‘But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised…’
(Galatians 2:3 ESV)
And of the disciple Timothy,
‘Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him…’
(Acts 16:3 NIV)
Planning A Circumcision?
With regard to anaesthetic; the writer highly encourages a local injection – as opposed to a general anaesthetic which puts a person to sleep. This also means that the patient will be concious of all in the medical room during the procedure. Shalom.
May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; bless you with a beyond maximum increase, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.