“Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law” Acts 21
It is stunning to me when again and again I see people who claim to honour and study Scripture, yet swallow hook-line-and-sinker the atheist fairytale that Christianity is a new religion which replaced Judaism.
“Judaism” as it is understood today is a thing of today. Christianity received its name after Christ’s incarnation, but it is the same religion practiced by Noah – which in Scripture is simply referred to as “righteousness”, and fearing God.
Being a Jew, in the sense of being circumcised, never was nor can be a religion (or a bloodline, I might add): it is a covenant. It was never replaced, those who entered it and who do enter it are (obviously) bound by their word to keep that covenant. The only change is that now none should enter into this covenant (for various reasons). Obviously new people come into it by it being passed on: if you do not circumcise your child, you have broken the covenant. But no one should now take circumcision onto himself.
“Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.” 1Cor 7
There was never a moral requirement to become circumcised: it was commanded to Abraham and his household as a sign of God’s covenant to specifically bless Abraham; any others who entered into that covenant did so completely voluntarily.
It was a heresy taught later, in the Pharisees day, that unless you were circumcised you were not one of the righteous and could not enter heaven. It is astonishing how many today teach that this heresy was only a heresy after Christ, despite having the Scriptures in front of them, which say not a word of how Christ changed it to not be so, but only of how it never was and never can be so: if someone doesn’t understand how such a heresy can never be true, it is hard to say they understand salvation at all.
Christ saves the righteous, the innocent (such as little children, the prime example he gave), not the circumcised, or the baptised.
“So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Gal 3
“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek Yahweh:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you” Is 51