n. — a person allied with and trusting in the God of Israel who has received circumcision; normally of those who received circumcision as the introductory rite to begin keeping the whole law of Moses.
(for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised [περιτομῆς] worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),
Who would have thought that a surgical procedure could obtain so much significance? But this little word takes on a covenantal importance that spans from Abraham to Paul. This word for “circumcision” actually has six senses in the Bible Sense Lexicon, including the more commonly understood one regarding the surgical procedure. Our passage refers to Peter’s apostolic mission to the “circumcised.” Paul is referring to a group of people by a defining physical characteristic—the sign of the old covenant, circumcision. This symbol signified a division of humanity into two groups: circumcised and uncircumcised, modernly understood as Jew and Gentile. But now that Christ has come, this dividing wall has been broken down. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised. There is only one new kind of person: a Christian in Christ (Eph. 2:11–22).
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