25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?

What’s the simple message behind Paul’s words today? You can be committed to a religion, you can be committed to a church, you can even be committed to a leadership role in the church, but if you are not personally committed to Jesus Christ, then your committments are meaningless and your faith is dead.

Baptism doesn’t make you alive in Christ, folks–although it has value if you are personally committed to Christ. Communion doesn’t make you alive in Christ–although it also has value if you are personally committed to Christ.

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