Re:Verse reading–Acts 15:1-29 (day three)
“Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” Ours is a sentimental society, that is, sentiment—feelings—have a cachet of authority. If one is sincere, nothing else matters. Paul will later teach a “circumcision of the heart”. When Paul speaks of heart circumcision, though, he doesn’t use “heart” like we often do, as a synonym for “feelings”. By “heart”, Paul means the very core of one’s being—the will or spirit of a person. In rejecting circumcision as a prerequisite to the Christ-life, the Jerusalem council could have simply placed Christianity on a foundation of feelings. That seems good if you feel good, but what happens when you don’t? On what do you depend when you feel conflicted and confused? No, they declared. Christ transforms the spirit, and gives us sure footing.