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Romans 2:29

"But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God." (NASB)

"But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." (KJV)

"No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God.  And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God's Spirit.  And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people." (NLT)

"but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code.  This person's praise is not from people but from God." (NET)

"To be a real Jew you must obey the Law.  True circumcision is something that happens deep in your heart, not something done to your body.  And besides, you should want praise from God and not from humans." (CEV)

"Rather, the real Jew is the person who is a Jew on the inside, that is, whose heart has been circumcised, and this is the work of God's Spirit, not of the written Law.  Such a person receives praise from God, not from human beings." (GNB)

"How strikingly this also brings out what so breaks everywhere through the doctrine of this epistle that everything is according to its reality before God, God being revealed through Christ and the cross.  All must take its true character and result according to what He was. Note moreover that the terms suppose gospel knowledge — 'seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility.'  These are known by Christianity." Dr. John Darby

What then can we say in parallel, dear Christian, about our hearts from this amazing passage.  To be a genuine Christian is our baptism to be external only by ritual cleansing in the water?  Or is our baptism to be an internal act of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts?  Is our life lived in a manner that give the outward perception or do we walk by the Spirit giving honor and glory to Him who died for us to bring us life eternal?  Do we live in secret sin and delude ourselves into thinking we are walking in the light?  Or are we living in in the light of His Glory being washed clean by the blood of the Son?  If we think that we are not deceived, then deception has had its way with us!  We have already fallen prey to the ultimate deceiver.  Look around, believer, do you see the signs of the Glory of the Lord being displayed everywhere that this is a Christian nation?  Is your church overflowing with the songs of thousands of souls set free by the blood of the Crucified One?  Has the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life touched everyone you meet?  Does the world look like you or do you look like the world?  Are you really engaged in ministry?  Or are you just engaged in activity?  What's the difference?  Fruit that comes from the Holy Spirit that transforms lives making them brand new.  Lives living in the victory that is in Christ Jesus that sets them free from the law of sin and death! 

"He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:5 NLT)

"With respect to the conduct of Christians towards the world, grace has banished violence, and the spirit of rebellion and resistance which agitates the heart of those who believe hot, and which has its source in the self-will that strives to maintain its own rights relatively to others.

The Christian has his portion, his inheritance, elsewhere; he is tranquil and submissive here and ready to do good.  Even when others are violent and unjust towards him, he bears it in remembrance that once it was no otherwise with himself: a difficult lesson, for violence and injustice stir up the heart; but the thought that it is sin, and that we also were formerly its slaves, produces patience and piety.  Grace alone has made the difference, and according to that grace are we to act towards others."  Dr. John Darby

Romans 2:29

"But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God." (NASB)

"But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." (KJV)

"No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God.  And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God's Spirit.  And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people." (NLT)

"but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code.  This person's praise is not from people but from God." (NET)

"To be a real Jew you must obey the Law.  True circumcision is something that happens deep in your heart, not something done to your body.  And besides, you should want praise from God and not from humans." (CEV)

"Rather, the real Jew is the person who is a Jew on the inside, that is, whose heart has been circumcised, and this is the work of God's Spirit, not of the written Law.  Such a person receives praise from God, not from human beings." (GNB)

"How strikingly this also brings out what so breaks everywhere through the doctrine of this epistle that everything is according to its reality before God, God being revealed through Christ and the cross.  All must take its true character and result according to what He was. Note moreover that the terms suppose gospel knowledge — 'seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility.'  These are known by Christianity." Dr. John Darby

What then can we say in parallel, dear Christian, about our hearts from this amazing passage.  To be a genuine Christian is our baptism to be external only by ritual cleansing in the water?  Or is our baptism to be an internal act of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts?  Is our life lived in a manner that give the outward perception or do we walk by the Spirit giving honor and glory to Him who died for us to bring us life eternal?  Do we live in secret sin and delude ourselves into thinking we are walking in the light?  Or are we living in in the light of His Glory being washed clean by the blood of the Son?  If we think that we are not deceived, then deception has had its way with us!  We have already fallen prey to the ultimate deceiver.  Look around, believer, do you see the signs of the Glory of the Lord being displayed everywhere that this is a Christian nation?  Is your church overflowing with the songs of thousands of souls set free by the blood of the Crucified One?  Has the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life touched everyone you meet?  Does the world look like you or do you look like the world?  Are you really engaged in ministry?  Or are you just engaged in activity?  What's the difference?  Fruit that comes from the Holy Spirit that transforms lives making them brand new.  Lives living in the victory that is in Christ Jesus that sets them free from the law of sin and death! 

"He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:5 NLT)

"With respect to the conduct of Christians towards the world, grace has banished violence, and the spirit of rebellion and resistance which agitates the heart of those who believe hot, and which has its source in the self-will that strives to maintain its own rights relatively to others.

The Christian has his portion, his inheritance, elsewhere; he is tranquil and submissive here and ready to do good.  Even when others are violent and unjust towards him, he bears it in remembrance that once it was no otherwise with himself: a difficult lesson, for violence and injustice stir up the heart; but the thought that it is sin, and that we also were formerly its slaves, produces patience and piety.  Grace alone has made the difference, and according to that grace are we to act towards others."  Dr. John Darby



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