A Matter of the Heart - Rom. 2:17-29
According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life.
There developed in the history of Israel a belief that circumcision, the sacred rite which was the sign of the Old Testament covenant, was all it took to be saved. We have a similar confusion in the Christian church today where some people believe that baptism automatically guarantees salvation. One rabbinic tradition says, ‘Circumcision saves from hell.’ The same rabbi wrote that Abraham himself sits before the gates of hell and does not allow any circumcised Israelite to enter there.