ESV - 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
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The idea of "circumcision of the heart" is found in Romans 2:29. It refers to having a pure heart, separated unto God. Paul writes, "A Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart...
Circumcision is God's covenant wich is put in the flesh (Genesis 17 12-13), Circumcision of the heart is a terminology used by Paul (Romans 2: 29) to describe that man should has a covenant with God not only in flesh but in his soul and spirit as well (Ezekiel 36: 25-28) Jesus used another words regarding this matter by " born again" (John 3: 1-21) and "whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16: 16).
This interesting question relates to our faithfulness being a sacrificial act of dedication. Just as in marriage we promise never to enjoy sexual pleasure with others, God wants us to "cut off" our desire for other gods (things and people we can't say no to) The foreskin of a man is full of sensory nerve endings to give intense pleasure during sex. Cutting off that foreskin is a sacrificial act to reduce the pleasure that a man enjoys... giving the first fruits of intimacy to please our loving God. He is there in the marriage bed when a couple make love together. To circumcise our heart is to put God at the centre of our joy of life. How do we know God? How do we hear His voice... in our hearts. Ofcourse we must know the written word, bend our thinking by study, discipline our body to obey Him. But He lives in our heart so we want to curtail that wandering lust of the heart and leave all that remains kept in His Presence
Circumcision of the heart is what happens in the process of sanctification. As we grow in the knowledge of God we surrender the things of this world, our fleshly desires which wage war against the spirit of God. Circumcision can be painful just as circumcision of the flesh is painful; however the fruit of circumcision brings us into a closer relationship with God. If we want to walk in the will of God we need this to be our daily prayer. Lord, circumcise my heart because only God knows the things that hold us back from all God has for us. God himself changes us from one glory to the next.
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