Circumcision was a physical sign that both ratified the covenant between God and
the people, such as a signature on a contract ratifies a contract, and also
identified them physically.
Genesis 17:7-14 " And I will establish my covenant between me
and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting
covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give
unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger,
all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their
God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou,
and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye
shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among
you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin;
and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is
eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your
generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any
stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that
is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be
in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child
whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off
from his people; he hath broken my covenant."
Leviticus 12:3 "And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised."
But now, we ratify the covenant by mental circumcision, or circumcision of
the heart, the changing of your whole attitude toward God and others, and it is
our out ward actions that identify us physically.
Deuteronomy 10:16 " Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your
heart, and be no more stiffnecked".
Jeremiah 4:4 " Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away
the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem:
lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because
of the evil of your doings."
Acts 15:1-11 " And certain men which came down from Judaea taught
the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye
cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and
disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain
other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about
this question. And being brought on their way by the church, they passed
through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and
they caused great joy unto all the brethren. And when they were come to
Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders,
and they declared all things that God had done with them. But there rose up
certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was
needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And
the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when
there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and
brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the
Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God,
which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even
as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their
hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt 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."
Romans 2:25-29 "For circumcision verily profits, if thou keep the law:
but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his
uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is
by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost
transgress the law? For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision,
which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is
that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
1 Corinthians 7:18-19 " 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
keeping of the commandments of God."
Colossians 3:11 " Where there is neither Greek nor Jew,
circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but
Christ is all, and in all."
Mental circumcision, or the keeping of God's laws is what ratifies the
covenant promise now.
Though adults are no longer required to be circumcised, children should still
be circumcised for health reasons. It is an interesting note that those who have had circumcision preformed have
less sexual health problems. Medical grounds for circumcision that are most
commonly cited are: Reduced risk of urinary tract infections (UTI); reduced risk
of penile cancer; reduced risk of cervical cancer in partners; reduced risk of
sexually transmitted disease (STD).