f The Wittenberg Door: Notable Quote: Edmund P. Clowney

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Notable Quote: Edmund P. Clowney

In the apostolic church, the controversy over circumcision took place only because both sides thought of the church as the true Israel. Those who required Gentile Christians to be circumcised obviously thought that those converts were being added to God’s people. Paul never challenged this. He never explained that Christians were joining a new entity, the church, and not Israel, and that circumcision was therefore inappropriate. On the contrary, he claimed for the church the true spiritual circumcision of Christ, gained by union with him. Apart from Christ, circumcision was only mutilation of the flesh. ‘For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh’ (Phil. 3:3).

Edmund P. Clowney (1917 – 2005), The Church

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