THE CELEBRATION OF THE MEMORIAL OF THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST (Please, choose your preferred language)
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“Keep doing this in remembrance of me”
(1 Corinthians 11:24)
THE GREAT CROWD (AS GROUP) HAS THE SPIRITUAL CIRCUMCISION OF HEART: THEY CAN TAKE PART OF THE MEMORIAL
As the Apostle Paul wrote, under inspiration: “Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7). So, we can take the celebration of Passover as the pattern of the celebration of the Memorial.
The requirement of the Spiritual Circumcision
There was the requirement of the Circumcision: “If a foreigner resides with you and he wants to celebrate the Passover to Jehovah, every male of his must be circumcised. (...). But no uncircumcised man may eat of it” (Exodus 12:48). According to Exodus 12:48, the “circumcised” man could celebrate the Passover to Jehovah, and the “uncircumcised” man couldn’t celebrate, he couldn’t “eat of it”. Is it the same for Christian? Yes, it is, with the spiritual circumcision, and in the spiritual non-circumcision. It is important to know that the Christian is not under the practice of the Mosaic Law because Jesus-Christ is the End of this Law (Romans 10:4). So, according the decision of the Apostles of Christ, the man, as Christian is not obliged to be circumcised in his flesh (Acts 15 :20,21,28,29). But, the Apostle Paul wrote that the Christian is under the spiritual reality of the Mosaic Law that is Christ. The Mosaic Law is replaced by the Law of Christ (Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 10:1; James 2:8). So the physical circumcision becomes the “spiritual” circumcision of the heart (Deuteronomy 10:16).
What is the circumcision of the heart or spiritual circumcision? The Mosaic Law gave the definition: “You must now cleanse (“circumcise the foreskin of”) your hearts and stop being so stubborn” (Deuteronomy 10:16 compare with Acts 7:51-53). According Acts 7:51-53, an "uncircumcised of heart" is someone who is “resisting the holy spirit”, someone who is “killing” those who put faith in the “righteous one” (Jesus Christ), and someone who doesn’t “keep” the Law of God and the Law of Christ. On the other way, the Apostle Paul, under inspiration gave the definition of the spiritual circumcision: “Circumcision is, in fact, of benefit only if you practice law; but if you are a transgressor of law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. If, therefore, an uncircumcised person keeps the righteous requirements of the Law, his uncircumcision will be counted as circumcision, will it not?" (Romans 7:25,26).
According 1 Corinthians 11:28, the “circumcision of heart” is “approving himself”: “First let a man approve himself after scrutiny, and thus let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup” (1 Corinthians 11:28). Some people say that the faithful Christian with earthly hope of everlasting life can’t take part of the bread and the cup. Is it true? First, according 1 Corinthians 11:28, the “approving himself” is connected with circumcision of heart and the Christian conduct (1 Timothy 3:9). The “Approving Himself” is not connected with the understanding of the different Christian Hope (Heavenly and Earthly Hope of Everlasting Life), because, if they had, in that time, all the Heavenly Hope, did they need to understand it? That is the biblical proof that it is not…
We must know if we have the circumcision of heart or not (Romans 7:25,26; 1 Corinthians 11:28). In Exodus 12:48 the foreigner could celebrate the Passover in the condition of circumcision.
The Question is: Do the Faithful Christians with the Earthly Hope of Everlasting Life, have the Circumcision of Heart? Yes they do, because it means to have faith and to obey to God and His Son Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 10:16). Can they take part of the Lord Evening Meal? Can the Faithful Christians with Earthly Hope, take part of the Lord Evening Meal? YES THEY CAN. And JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF SAID THEY CAN: “also the one who feeds on me will live because of me” (John 6:48-58). So, in the following Memorial, what will you do?
“Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves” (John 6:53).
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