Wednesday, September 4, 2013

THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION – THE HYPOCRISY OF SOME SUPPOSED CHRISTIANS



THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION – THE HYPOCRISY OF SOME SUPPOSED CHRISTIANS
Text: Acts 7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
Genesis 17:1-14
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. {Abraham: that is, Father of a great multitude}
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 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.
8 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.
 9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
 10 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.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
12 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.
 13 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.
14 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.

Lord Jesus, I present your word your own children. Please, give each and every one of us the grace to understand and accept your word, whether it is called Old Testament or New Testament. Help us by your own Holy Spirit to remain obedient children unto you till the end of time. May we never be cast away from your presence forever more due to the neglect of your own word in Jesus Mighty name I pray, Amen.

Good afternoon children of God and the Bride of Christ earnestly waiting for the trumpet of the rapture to sound. It is a good thing that we are called into this Christian family as a result of the Blood of Jesus Christ, which was shared on the cross of Calvary Acts 20:28. However, let us all remember that, even if the human race will embrace Christianity today, not all will still make it to the paradise of heaven Luke 13:24.

Now, in pursuing this teaching, let’s consider Romans 10:1-3. It is very clear that, a lot of Christians today are actually zealous for the Lord but, it is not according to knowledge because, what they are calling today as righteousness is ‘self righteousness.’ This is because most Christians today have succeeded to divide the word of God between two distinct lines of arguments (Old and New Testament), forgetting that God is the same God from Genesis to Revelation and he can never change Malachi 3:6.

When the Almighty God was covenanting with Abraham in Genesis 17:7, He indeed stated that, it is an everlasting covenant that Abraham and all his descendants must keep. Therefore, since we Christians of today are not directly the offspring of Abraham (family lineage), it can therefore be argued that, we are no longer to be bound by the ‘covenant of circumcision’ that God entered with Abraham, as a token between them Genesis 17:11. Should this become our position, can we therefore be called the children of Abraham today? Certainly not!

You must however remember that, this ‘covenant of circumcision’ that God entered with Abraham was not just for him and the descendants of his blood alone but, it also accommodated the slaves that were bought or that would be bought with money in all their generations Genesis 17:12. This is where I and you today become partakers of the blessings of Abraham as promised by God in Genesis 17:4, on making him (Abraham) to become the father of many nations, even though he was childless at the time. This is where the ‘spiritual children’ of Abraham was also birthed as a result of the faith we have today Galatians 3:7. Abraham is the father of faith and anyone that will ever exercise faith in the Lord is the seed of Abraham Romans 4:11-12.

Now, the token of the ‘covenant of circumcision’ was the removal of the foreskin of every male child after 8 days of birth Genesis 17:11-12, Hebrews 6:17. Was Abraham 8 days when he was circumcised? The answer is no. How therefore was Abraham able to partake of a covenant that has ordinarily knocked him off? This is where FAITH comes to play. He simply believed God in everything God told him and it was counted as ‘righteousness’ unto him Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3 and equally make him to be called ‘the Friend of God’ James 2:23, Isaiah 41:8.

My friend, if you therefore are disobedient to the word of God today, no matter the part of the bible, you are certainly not the descendant of Abraham, and you can never be termed righteous, for choosing which part of the bible or the word of God to obey. Remember Jesus Christ is the word of God John 1:1 and if you are therefore selective of the part of the bible to obey, you don’t know Jesus because He (Jesus) said “but my words shall not pass away” Matthew 24:35. See also Jeremiah 31:36, Matthew 5:18 and Mark 13:35. The bible has no private interpretation and therefore must be obeyed in its entirety 2 Peter 1:20-21.

THE HYPOCRISY

A lot of Christians and some churches today do not believe on the doctrines and teachings of the Old Testament bible. They are quick to point out that, since Christ has shed his blood for our redemption on the cross, the Old Testament part of the bible is no longer to be obeyed. But, my fear for this people is their limiting the written word of God (bible) to men’s idea. This is however at variance with the teachings of 2 Peter 1:20-21. Do we therefore have the moral justification(s) today to be selective of what part or teachings of the bible to obey? I don’t think so.

Has God changed? Is the bible no longer the word of God? Can be bible be complete without the Old Testament? Did Jesus ask us in his teachings not to believe or accept the Old Testament as the word of God? Can we be justified and accepted by God if we don’t accept the teachings of the Old Testament? Can we likewise be justified and accepted by God if we do accept the teachings of the Old Testament? These and many more is begging for answers from the proponents of New Testament ONLY believing Christians.

IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN MAN AND YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT PART OF THE BIBLE BUT, IF YOU ARE CIRCUMCISED AND YOU ARE STILL CIRCUMCISING YOUR MALE CHILDREN, YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE.

May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be praise forever.

Lugard Osakpamwan Ekhator
End-Time Trumpeters: The Lord Is Coming Soon
lugardosas@gmail.com