Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
February 10, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<237> Thesis: The extreme danger of "merit" theology: No benefit from Christ. Introduction: In our look into Paul's insistence that we remain absolutely "free" from any ties to the Justice of God, we saw that it was this freedom from Justice that Christ came to provide. It is from this vantage point that we must read the next verse. In it we read one of the most shocking claims that could possibly be made in the first century of Judaism: circumcision will doom any who submit to it. And, given the fact that it is almost standard medical practice in our cultural setting to circumcise male infants, and the fact that Paul himself had Timothy circumcised in Acts 16:3, we simply must understand what he meant when he put all who receive circumcision beyond the reach of the work of the Christ.