Romans 4:10 The Central Feature is Jesus

Romans 4:10 (KJV)
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Too often we roll right over passages of Scripture that are pivotal, foundational – the basis upon which great Christian doctrine springs. This is such a passage.

The Word of God insists that righteousness is reckoned not through the law but apart from it. The example is found in the very father of faith, Abraham. 

  • He was counted as righteous before circumcision. 
  • He obeyed God in going to the Promised Land before circumcision. 
  • He worshipped God at local altars before circumcision. 
  • He gave to Lot the choice of land before circumcision. 
  • He was promised and given a son in his old age before circumcision. 

The ordinance of circumcision (hence, law) was provided after. It was important and had its place. But it had nothing to do with righteousness. It was a tool to point men to Christ. It has been replaced with the great commandments, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart… and to love thy neighbor as thyself and with the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The day for worship has been changed from the Sabbath, remembering the first creation to the first day of the week, remembering the new creation.

The Mosaic law is a parenthesis in the eternal plan of God. It is not, and never was, the central feature of His plan. That central feature is Jesus Christ.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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