Prayer & Spiritual Life
BEWARE OF THE MUTILATION
The apostle Paul warns,
“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision (mutilation).”
“The concision” means ‘the mutilation’. “The mutilation” means ‘the mutilators of the flesh or those who mutilate or cut the flesh’. It is a contemptuous term for the circumcision. The circumcised are the true people of GOD (Philippians 3:3).
The heathens have a wrong thought that they can obtain salvation from sins and kingdom of heaven, by wounding or by causing physical injury to their bodies. So, they mutilate or cut the flesh. Some cut the flesh of their foreskin; some make cuttings in their bodies with knives or swords (I Kings 18:28), some whip them with scourges; some pierce their cheeks by arrows; and some pierce their lips by arrows, to show their self-willed worship with false humility. There is no value in their self-willed worship and false humility and in severe (harsh) treatment of the body (Colossians 2:23). Thus, externalism (excessive regard for the external) and asceticism (the practice of self-denial of physical pleasures and comforts) and legalism (the observance of the letter of the law rather than the Spirit) are of no value to put a harness on the sensual appetite of human beings’ sinful nature (Colossians 2:23).
The dog is the most despised, shameless and miserable creature and a scavenger roaming the streets. The dog is unclean (Leviticus 11:27). As “the dog returns to his own vomit again” (II Peter 2:22; Proverbs 26:11), they take back their own ugly sins.
The apostle Paul warns against dogs, which are then described as evil workers and finally as the concision. Dogs are unclean. The evil workers are evil. The concision are those deserving contempt. In nature they are unclean dogs. In behaviour they are evil workers. In religion they are the concision, people of shame. The apostle Paul warns the believers to be vigilant of such unclean, evil and contemptible people.
– Sadhu. C. Selva Raj (Appa)