Paul said that circumcision was a seal of Abraham’s righteous faith. Abraham had faith before his circumcision. His inheritance comes through faith. Is faith useless? Law and transgressions go together. Abraham was the father of all, circumcised or uncircumcised. What is the seal of your faith?
“How then was it
Reckoned to Abraham?
Was it before
He had been circumcised?
It was not after,
He was circumcised.”
πῶς οὖν ἐλογίσθη; ἐν περιτομῇ ὄντι ἢ ἐν ἀκροβυστίᾳ; οὐκ ἐν περιτομῇ ἀλλ’ ἐν ἀκροβυστίᾳ·
Paul asked another of his rhetorical questions with his own answers. “How then was it reckoned or credited (πῶς οὖν ἐλογίσθη) to Abraham? Was it in his circumcision (ἐν περιτομῇ ὄντι) or as uncircumcised (ἢ ἐν ἀκροβυστίᾳ)?” Paul’s answer was that it was not after the circumcision (οὐκ ἐν περιτομῇ), but before he was circumcised in the foreskin uncircumcised state (ἀλλ’ ἐν ἀκροβυστίᾳ). Paul was clear. Abraham was reckoned or credited with faith while he was still uncircumcised. In other words, the circumcision did not give him faith. He had faith while he was still in an uncircumcised state. How important do you think that circumcision is?