The circumcision and uncircumcision (Eph. 2:11)



That at one time,

You gentiles

In the flesh

Were called

The uncircumcision

By those who were called

The circumcision,

Made in the flesh

By human hands.”

Διὸ μνημονεύετε ὅτι ποτὲ ὑμεῖς τὰ ἔθνη ἐν σαρκί, οἱ λεγόμενοι ἀκροβυστία ὑπὸ τῆς λεγομένης περιτομῆς ἐν σαρκὶ χειροποιήτου,

Paul said, “Therefore, remember (Διὸ μνημονεύετε) that at one time (ὅτι ποτὲ), you (ὑμεῖς) gentiles in the flesh (τὰ ἔθνη ἐν σαρκί) were called (οἱ λεγόμενοι) the uncircumcision (ἀκροβυστία) by those who were called (ὑπὸ τῆς λεγομένης) the circumcision (περιτομῆς), made in the flesh (ἐν σαρκὶ) by human hands (χειροποιήτου).”  Paul reminded these Ephesian gentiles that they were formerly called the uncircumcised ones by the people who were circumcised, the Jews.  However, this Jewish circumcision was done with human hands.  Quite often the Jewish people called the gentiles or the non-circumcised people the uncircumcised ones.  Thus, they were excluded from the Israelite covenant and blessings.  Paul then made a stark contrast between the circumcision of the heart by Christ in baptism and the mere human circumcision of the Jewish people that men performed.  Paul made a big deal about circumcision, done with human hands.  What do you think about circumcision?

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