New Living Translation
For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision.
King James Bible
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Darby Bible Translation
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither that circumcision which is outward in flesh;
World English Bible
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh;
Young's Literal Translation
For he is not a Jew who is so outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in flesh;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:28 For he is not a Jew - In the most important sense, that is, one of God's beloved people. Who is one in outward show only; neither is that the true, acceptable circumcision, which is apparent in the flesh.
LibraryThe Same Necessary and Eternal Different Relations
that different things bear one to another, and the same consequent fitness or unfitness of the application of different things or different relations one to another, with regard to which the will of God always and necessarily does determine itself, to choose to act only what is agreeable to justice, equity, goodness, and truth, in order to the welfare of the whole universe, ought likewise constantly to determine the wills of all subordinate rational beings, to govern all their actions by the same …
Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God
Councils of Ariminum and Seleucia.
Epistle xvi. From Felix Bishop of Messana to St. Gregory.
Entire Sanctification in Type.
O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the LORD, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
"A time is coming," says the LORD, "when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit--
the Egyptians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, the people who live in the desert in remote places, and yes, even the people of Judah. And like all these pagan nations, the people of Israel also have uncircumcised hearts."
"Our father is Abraham!" they declared. "No," Jesus replied, "for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example.
You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God's law, and you boast about your special relationship with him.
Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God's people!
It doesn't matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
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