1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

An Outward Sign Only ?

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Day 545:

Romans 2:25
Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.

Thoughts for Today:

Circumcision was the sign of God's covenant with His chosen people -- but it was only an outward sign, there was no other value in the practice itself. Circumcision demonstrated a man's belief in Mosaic Law. So what if the man didn't subsequently obey the Law? Paul said it would then make a mockery out of the act of circumcision.

The same is true for our own practices within the church. For example, a water baptism is an outward expression of an inward change -- a work of God in the heart. Only God knows our hearts, but it would seem to be a charade if there is no evidence of behavioral transformation in the person.

Questions to Ponder:

Are you a Christian in name only --
in the practice of baptism, church membership, and communion?
What are some of your behavioral changes?
Should there be more evidence?
What else needs to change ?

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