"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has
any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself
Once, a seminarian countered (as students are wont to
do)my use emphasis on the primacy of love by quoting:
1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping
God's commands is what counts."
"Actually, it gets even better," I said, pointing to:
"Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what
counts is a new creation."
"So, is Paul confused about what really counts? How
would he define what God's commandments are, and
what precisely is 'a new creation'?" We turned to:
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to
love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the
law. 9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not
murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other
commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule:
"Love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to its
neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
So we're right back to Jesus who clinched the argument in