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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.’

Brief Summary

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)

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). Omayn (Amen).

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“Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” 

 “Scripture quotations marked (NASB) are from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org ” 

 “Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Standard Version® (NIV®), copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™”

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