Rom 2:25

2:25 circumcision . . . of value. Paul’s argument in ch. 2 now moves to a climax. Condemnation results from failure to obey revelation of whatever kind. Jews have transgressed the Mosaic law in particular, emptying circumcision of its real significance. Paul recognizes the privilege of Jewishness (9:4, 5) and of circumcision in particular (3:1, 2; 4:11). But physical circumcision is a symbol of sanctification and renewal of life (v. 25; Deut. 30:6). The reality, not the sign, is the vital thing and may be possessed irrespective of Jewishness (vv. 26, 27).