Whether we’ve grown up in church or come to Christ sometime later in life we learn from our parents, or other Christians, all the important things we are supposed to do and all the things we are not supposed to do. We receive a diploma from the “church” on good behaviour techniques and practices. In Jesus’ day following all the laws of Moses (and the many rules of the Rabbis) kept you in the good books of Jewish society and God.
One of the crucial entrance points was circumcision for the males. On the eighth day after birth, all males were to be circumcised. This was Israel’s covenant agreement with God that they accepted the conditions of His laws. However, by the keeping of the law, no one could be justified in God’s sight. Israel dropped the ball and we all dropped the ball.
So God sent us a Saviour because we needed to be saved. Salvation was offered to all the Gentiles (you and me) and the Jews thought it was a good idea to continue the tradition of circumcision. Paul disagreed! He said, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.” So what really matters to God? He wants you to be a new creation. That’s someone saved by His Son (our Saviour) and filled with His Spirit to live out this new life. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation!”