Spiritual Circumcision (Part 2): Your Righteousness is Sealed


Christians have been spiritually circumcised through faith in the Gospel of Christ [Colossians 2:11-12, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4].

These are direct consequences of spiritual circumcision:

  • Your righteousness is sealed.
  • Holiness is to trust God for your righteousness instead of trying to establish your own righteousness.
  • You submit to God.

[1] Your Righteousness is Sealed

When you believed the Gospel of Christ, you received the gift of righteousness [Romans 5:17]. Consequently, you have the righteousness of God [Romans 3:21-22] and are righteous before God [Romans 3:28, 5:1].

When you believed the Gospel of Christ, your spirit was also baptised into Christ by the Holy Spirit [Galatians 3:25-27, 1 Corinthians 12:13].

A spiritual union was made between your spirit and Christ [1 Corinthians 6:17].

Therefore, your spirit died with Christ and was raised with Christ [Colossians 2:11-12]. The result was that your spirit was born again of God.

Since your spirit died with Christ, your spirit died to your sinful flesh [Romans 6:2-3], and you have effectively put off your sinful flesh. This is spiritual circumcision [Colossians 2:11, Philippians 3:3].

Therefore, any sinful acts done in the flesh, are not accredited to your account by God, because your flesh is not you anymore [Romans 6:6, 7:17, 7:20].

Consequently, your righteousness is sealed [Romans 4:11, 5:1].

[2] Holiness is to Trust God for Your Righteousness Instead of Trying to Establish Your Own Righteousness

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Romans 6:19

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

Since, your righteousness is sealed and therefore permanent, you always have it irrespective of what you do [Romans 5:1, 8:38-39]. Therefore you can rest in the gift of righteousness [Ephesians 6:14].

When you yield yourselves to the gift of righteousness, that is your fruit unto holiness [Romans 6:19].

What this means is that when you rest in the gift of righteousness for your righteousness, instead of trying to establish your own righteousness [Romans 5:2, Philippians 3:9], this act is a fruit of holiness which glorifies God.

Therefore, for a Christian, holiness is to trust God for your righteousness instead of trying to establish your own righteousness [Romans 6:19].

[3] You Submit to God

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.

Romans 1:9

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Ephesians 5:22-24

When God baptised you into Christ, a spiritual union was set up between your spirit and Christ [Galatians 3:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:17].

You died with Christ and were raised with Christ, and so you were born again in Christ. You are a new creation in Christ [Colossians 2:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:3]

The spiritual union created between your spirit and Christ is a marriage union, in which Christ is the Head [Ephesians 5:23].

Therefore, your spirit was made to be in subjection to Christ [Ephesians 5:24].

Consequently, your spirit submits to God. That is why Paul serves God with his spirit, because his spirit submits to God [Romans 1:9].

When your spirit died with Christ through baptism into Christ, your spirit died to your sinful flesh [Romans 6:2-3]. Effectively, you put off your sinful flesh [Colossians 2:11].

Since your spirit submits to God and you have put off your sinful flesh, you actually submit to God.

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