Philippians 3:3

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
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AD 400
It is evident that those who are faithful are circumcised in their own hearts. By cutting away the cloud of error, they see and recognize the Lord of creation. This is what it means to “serve in the Spirit” and “glory in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Didymus the Blind

AD 398
The word spirit signifies above all a deeper and mystic meaning in the holy Scriptures. … This construction is supported by [the verse] “We are the circumcision, who serve the Spirit of God and do not trust in the flesh. ”

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
For we are the circumcision. We Christians now use the only profitable and commendable spiritual circumcision; which, to the Colossians (ii. 11.) he calls the circumcision of Christ, and to the Romans (ii. 29.) circumcision of the heart in the spirit. Not having confidence in the flesh; i.e. in such carnal ceremonies. (Witham)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
For answer me, which is superior, the soul or the body? Evidently the former. Therefore that circumcision is also superior, or rather, no longer superior, but this is the only circumcision; for while the type stood, He rightly brought it forward in conjunction, writing, For you shall circumcise the foreskins of your hearts. Jeremiah 4:4 In the same way in the Epistle to the Romans he does away with it, saying, for he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter. Romans 2:28-29 And lastly, he takes from it the very name, neither is it circumcision, he maintains; for the type while the reality is yet to come, is called this, but when the reality has come, it no longer retains the title. As in delineation, a man has drawn a king in outline; so long as the colors are not put on we say, Lo, there is the king, but when they are add...

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
; but (it will be) when it has endured laceration for Christ's sake. We are the circumcision. Of God introducing the spiritual circumcision.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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