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Do you take this man?

And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Deuteronomy 30:6

Circumcision is a covenant. It is a sacrifice of flesh; putting away the old man. It involves the shedding of blood – purification. It is like what Christ did on the cross for us. God proposed a covenant to Abraham that He would make him a great nation (Genesis 17:1-2). The Israelite’s circumcision outwardly set them apart as God’s chosen people. But, with that came obligation (Galatians 5:3, Luke 12:48). When you love God with all your heart it shows because you are obedient, but unless we have a true circumcision of the heart (repentance) our flesh will fail us (Jeremiah 9:26, Isaiah 29:13, Psalm 73:26). Baptism is necessary, but it does not assure your salvation; there is an obligation. We must love the Lord, walk with Him, and live by His laws. He is our righteousness (1 Corinthians 5:21). A covenant is a binding agreement; a promise not to be broken. We just got through June which is the wedding month. Marriage is a covenant and is an illustration of Christ and His love for the Church (Ephesians 5:25-27). Today promises are broken all the time, but when Jesus died on the cross, His promises were made eternal (Hebrews 13:5, 2 Corinthians 1:20). If we accept his proposal of salvation, allow Him into our hearts, promising to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) we then take on His name, the only name by which we might be saved (Acts 4:12).

God divorced His people for a time due to sin (Jeremiah 3:8) but through Jesus we are reconciled to Him forever (John 3:16). Best love story ever written! Circumcision was the old covenant that failed. But the covenant of Grace is secure because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8, Romans 15:8, Jeremiah 31:31-33). God is a romantic at heart (Song of Solomon 6:3). He loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). All the men in Abraham’s house were to be circumcised alike (Genesis 17) We as the body of Christ are identified by one circumcision; one of the heart – the Love of Christ (John 13:35). Jesus is calling His church (His bride) forth. Are you ready? Now, by the power vested in me, do you take this man?

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