What happened to that baby, someone asked? I said don’t worry everything is okay. He wants to become a man. He is being circumcised.
What is circumcision? I have done close to 500 circumcisions during the course of my work. It is a very painful experience especially for the neonates.
What is circumcision?
It is the SURGICAL removal of foreskin from the glan penis. Foreskin is the tissue that covers the head of penis. It is an ancient practice and has religious and cultural connotations.
Circumcision is a very painful procedure, but all thanks to the modern medicine practice where anaesthetic agent like Zylocaine either in injection or gel form are employed ‘to kill’ the pains. It takes about ten to twenty minutes, could be lesser or more depending on the type ( local or plastibel ) employed.
Circumcision done in infancy takes lesser time to do and heals faster. There is also better blood control when compared to one done in adulthood.
What are the benefits of circumcision?
There is some evidence that circumcision has health benefits, including:
A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
A reduced risk of some sexually transmitted diseases in men.
Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).
Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean.
Colossians 2 vs 11, Philippians 3 vs 3, Deuteronomy 30 vs 6, 10 vs 16. Jeremiah 4 vs 4 Romans 4 vs 11.
What is circumcision of the Spirit? Spiritual circumcision is cutting off of the unnecessary tissues around our spiritual life. It is the yielding to the Holy spirit.
This piece is not to teach you all about circumcision but to provoke our spirit into total submission to the will of the Almighty God.
God initiated the covenant of circumcision with our father Abraham in Genesis 17 vs 10-14 Jehovah specifically commanded patriarch Abraham to circumcised all the male child in his house from eight day, whether born in his house or bought, they must all be circumcised, and that the covenant will be an everlasting covenant. The commandment was passed down to the next generations. Even when they were in Egypt, the tradition was kept.
After the exit of Moses, God commanded Joshua to circumcised the Children of Israel the second time. Joshua 5:7-9. Their reproach was rolled away at Gilgal. They stayed there until they were healed.
The implications of circumcision.
Whenever it is being done, God remembered His covenant with his people and fulfill his part of the bargain. The physical and spiritual implications of circumcision are enormous.
Let’s examine them one after the other.
Circumcision is to be done. It is not optional. It is a commandment and a covenant.
It has to do with cutting off of tissues.
Whatever is cut off is not necessary or needed or useless
Someone has to do it which means you cannot do it for yourself
The foreskin that is to be cut off is actually hiding the glory of the glan penis.
Something must be cut off.
It is done in private
It is a point of obedience and consecration.
What are the spiritual implications of spiritual circumcision
After the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the act of physical circumcision was no longer necessary or aptly put it has to go away with the first. In Hebrew 8 : 6-10, We were told that Jesus Christ having received a superior ministry entered into another covenant with us the new testament believers. The physical act of cutting off of the foreskin is no longer a prerequisites for becoming a member of God’s family. This time around, the circumcision that is needed is that of the heart. The Lord said, He will remove the stony heart and replace with the heart of flesh. Jeremiah 4:4 says ‘circumcise yourself to God, circumcise your heart to the Lord, ye people of Judah and Jerusalem. Circumcision according to the book of Deut 30:16, brings about total and genuine love for God. Circumcision is a seal of our righteousness, Romans 4:11. Spiritual circumcision takes away focus from ourselves to Jesus Christ. It rubishes all vainglory and self righteousness. By cutting off the foreskin of our hearts, we worship God sincerely. The unnecessary tissues covering our spiritual life are cut off, Philippians 3:3.
Colossians 2:11, in Him we were circumcised, sinful natures are put off. The powers of sins are destroyed. We also walk in newness of life. The cutting off of the foreskin was done by His Holy spirit in us. He convicts us of guilt, of sin, righteousness and judgement. He uses His scalpel to remove the gangrenous/dead tissues around our conscience. Our life becomes a new one. Old things are passed away, all things become new. Our life receives a new direction.
The spiritual circumcision makes us conclude that nothing can separate us from the love of God which was is our Lord Jesus. Romans 8: 35-39. We vow never to look back again because we have put our hands on the plough of the kingdom Luke 9:62.
By being circumcised, we leave everything to follow him. Luke 9:23
Total obedience becomes a part of our life.
Are you circumcised? You must have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ.
You must be willing to live a life of Holiness. Hebrews 12:14
Take a moment to xray your life my friend, have you Ben circumcised in the spirit? Is your heart that of flesh or stone? A baby is born then circumcised. Have you been born again? Is your name written in the Book of life? You cannot be a fornicator, adulterer, liar, armed robber, a cheat, a money launderer, lesbian, gay, and all sins as captured in Romans 1 vs 26-32, Galatians 5:19-21 and think you are of God.
If you have given your life to Christ and all these still manifest in your life, you must cry to God for the second circumcision.
Are you in covenant with God. Why not ask Him to circumcise you afresh. Pray to Him to remove the dross from your silver.
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Olafusi A Kolawole
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