?In Part 2 (#75) we looked at New Testament circumcision. God’s main physical evidence or sign to persons who He circumcises is that, as with Jesus, He gives us a body that can fellowship with Him face to face; one that can house and fully entertain God.
?Most of us have no problem believing that God gave the first man Adam a body with a soul that could walk with Him and talk with Him daily. Nor do we have a problem believing that God’s Son, the man Jesus Christ of Nazareth had a body that enjoyed unbroken fellowship with God, His Father. The problem is that ‘we’ have made that unique to Jesus.
?God’s plan and work, makes Jesus the *preeminent firstborn* among MANY brethren- Romans 8:29.
Therefore In Christ today we too have a body or temple fashioned to fellowship with God.
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Cor 6:16 KJV
?It was only after Adam sinned that he had a problem with being in God’s presence and His body had become a fallen ‘body of sin’. Genesis 3:8. Romans 6:6 This body was unable to fellowship with God and would die if God approached it.
?God restored this glorious ability of our bodies to fellowship with Him and be one with Him; (to even experience his fulness). This He started with the body of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Thus, He made Jesus a prototype of that which He is doing now…bringing many sons to experience His glory. Hebrews 2:10.
?Through the man Jesus Christ, God has created millions even billions of such bodies- bodies of Christ that can embrace Him fully.
These bodies know and respond to God’s emotions and thoughts; are one with Him- extensions of His life). As instruments of righteousness they house our souls and offers no resistance to Christ. At times, our fellowship with Christ will include suffering for His name sake. This is when the glory or manifested excellence and power of God will be revealed in our flesh
? I must therefore daily choose to submit to Christ with an open, honest and pure heart in my body; a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. This He requires for all His children.
*Reflect and Respond*
The awesome work of circumcision done in us makes it possible for God have unbroken fellowship with His children. Is this your reality? If not why?
*Scripture In Focus*
?For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29 KJV
?I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 KJV
?And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:8 KJV
?? *Let us Pray*
Written by: Andrew Norman
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