Yesterday, I posted, “I AM the Door”, and this is a continuation. If Jesus is the Door, how do we go through?
Many prophetic voices are telling us that now is the time for the body of Christ to experience ‘crossing over’ into the Promised Land which today might be described as the fulfillment of the promises or personal prophesies God has given or spoken over us.
I can tell you that both Old and New Testaments point to circumcision as the way to cross over, as the beginning of a fulfilling life with God.
Joshua 5:2 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make for yourself flint knives and circumcise again the sons of Israel the second time.” 5 For all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised. 6 For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished because they did not listen to the voice of the Lord, to whom the Lord had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. 7 Their children whom He raised up in their place, Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them along the way.8 Now when they had finished circumcising all the nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. 9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”
So, to enter the Promised Land you had to be circumcised. In fact there are more references to circumcision in the New Testament than in the old.
Colossians 2:11-13 tells us that we must be made alive with Him in order to experience true spiritual freedom: “and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions”
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 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
for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.
In the next post I will discuss the controversy over circumcision that existed when the Gentiles first started coming to the Lord. For now, though, I want you to consider that believing in the cross of Christ is a spiritual circumcision.
The promised land is often referred to as ‘the other side of the cross’ meaning the resurrection side. We become Christians at the foot of the cross, but many of us stay at the foot of the cross instead of going through it to the other side. Dying is the only way through to the power of the resurrection. Dying to self is the door to life in the Spirit.
Revelation 19:10 says “The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” The fulfillment of all prophecy, the true Promised Land is found in Jesus. He is the Door. The Open Door is the rolled away stone of resurrection. To experience it, we receive the mark of circumcision of the heart. The bible says that this is something that we can do: Deuteronomy 10:16 “So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer. It also says that it is something that God must do: Deuteronomy 30:6 “Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. It is not one or the other but both.
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