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4/19/2015

Was Jesus Christ “born again” or “spiritually circumcised” at His Baptism?


I enjoy discussing the Bible.  New thoughts and contemplations I find interesting.  Someone may have insight that I do not have and I can learn from them.

I talked to a man some months back who believes that Jesus was born again at His baptism, though it was not the same as a sinner being born again. Jesus Christ obviously was not born again like I was for He was not, and is not, a sinner, and this brother in the Lord did not claim that He was a sinner.  But what He claimed, and I will try to word this correctly, is that under the law when Jesus touched the leper (Matt 8:3), or when he touched the woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:44-47), then He was unclean according to the Levitical law.

Lev. 15:19 ¶ And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.

Lev. 7:21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

The issue that He mentioned was the need for the soul of the Lord Jesus to be kept clean and undefiled.  Jesus Christ did not need to be redeemed or cleansed like we did, regenerated, justified etc.  But what He implied, at least this is how I took it, was that Jesus needed to be protected from the uncleanness of this world, such as the lepers and the woman that touched Jesus who had the issue of blood.

These two examples, under the Levitical law would have made the Lord Jesus Christ unclean according to the law.  So was He unclean?  Even for a day, or even for just a moment?

If he had been spiritually circumcised i.e., the soul cut loose from the body Col. 2:11-13, then according to this thought, His soul would still be pure and holy, but if He was not spiritually circumcised then his soul would have been defiled and unclean, thus making Him unable to be the perfect sacrifice for sins.

Before I go any farther let me say one thing that we do know.  Jesus Christ was, and is without spot and blemish, and this brother believes that too.

1Pet. 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot: 

Ex. 12:5 Your lamb shall be
without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

So born again, or not born again, Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be without spot and blemish, holy and sinless.

Now, here are my thoughts on this subject:

First, if Jesus Christ had been spiritually circumcised then His body would have been defiled and thus unclean after touching the leper or the woman with the issue of blood, but this does not match scripture:

Heb. 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but
a body hast thou prepared me:

The body had to be perfect as well as His soul, so that is one problem with the teaching.

Secondly, the cleansing agent of sin is the blood of Jesus Christ. (This is why the Devil hates it so and removes it from verses in the new versions such as Col. 1:14)

Rev. 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Obviously for us that blood had to be shed in order to be efficacious.  Nevertheless, in such a discussion as this, the blood of Jesus Christ would have protected His soul from defilement and it would have cleansed the body from the uncleaness of this world and the things therein.

1. In order for the sin, or uncleanness to reach the soul of Jesus Christ it would have had to pass through the blood, which it could not do.  The blood would stop it.

2. The body would have a continual cleansing agent in the blood and thus stay clean.

3. If the blood of Jesus Christ did not do that and He had been spiritually circumcised then His body would have been defiled thus making the Lamb of God blemished and unable to be without spot and blemish.  The very thing that this line of reasoning is attempting to prevent would be the very thing that would happen if what he claims were true.

Let me say once more that we know Jesus Christ was, and is eternally without spot and blemish:
1Pet. 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pet. 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of
a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Heb. 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is
holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Is. 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall
my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Even in Isaiah 53, context is Jesus Christ on the cross; He is called “my righteous servant.”  We know Jesus Christ while on this earth as well as at this present time, and forever, is Holy, Holy, Holy! Amen and Amen!