9 Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10 How then was it credited? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; 11 and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.(Romans 4).
To the Jew absolutely nothing was more important than being circumcised. In fact, the worst thing they thought they could ever say about a person was that he was uncircumcised (Gen. 34:14; Judg. 15:18; 1 Sam. 14:6; 17:26,36), an outsider, and not a part of the group. Instead of having pity on the uncircumcised, they had nothing but disdain for them. They forgot that the very father of their faith, because of his faith, was approved of God — with righteousness credited to him — before he was ever circumcised. The first person ever to be circumcised had the “sign” and “seal” of God’s approval, before he was ever circumcised. Thus, at the point of faith, every unbeliever has the potential of finding himself in the same situation as Abraham himself.
Now, I have to ask myself, when I think of unbelievers, is there disdain in my heart for them, similar to the disdain Jews had for the uncircumcised? If so, then I have forgotten both the grace of God in my life, as well as the mercy and love of God for unbelievers — who are included in the “whosoever” in John 3:16.
Lord, help us This Day to be grateful for the righteousness that has been credited to us, and let us not become haughty in any encounter we might have with unbelievers. Amen.