Circumcision of Timothy

Discussion in 'The Gospels & Acts' started by TheocraticMonarchist, Aug 4, 2008.

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  1. TheocraticMonarchist

    TheocraticMonarchist Puritan Board Junior

    Why do you suppose Paul circumcised Timothy? :detective:

    In acts 15 we read the Jerusalem Council sent off the following letter to be delivered byt Paul and some others.

    Acts 15

    On the way to deliver this letter Paul circumcises Tmothy. (below)

    Acts 16

    We know that the council's decision was to not burdin the gentiles with circumcision and the law. We also know that Paul was the champion of Christian liberity, and justification by faith apart from the works of the law ( Galations)

    Timothy was part gentile, and free from the burdin of the law. Why then did Paul circumcise him?

  2. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    In the case of Timothy's circumcision it was a point of indifference. It was performed to allow him greater access to evangelize Jews.

    However, if someone had compelled Timothy to be circumcised as a way to "complete" his Christianity then Paul would have withstood this spirit. Further, you need to understand Galatians' use of the term circumcision more broadly. The Judaizers were not merely circumcising Gentiles but telling them that the keeping of the Law was instrumental to a person's justification before God.
  3. moral necessity

    moral necessity Puritan Board Junior

    :up: I agree!
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