Romans 2:28

28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.

Read Romans 2:28 Using Other Translations

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.
For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision.

What does Romans 2:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Romans 2:28

For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly
The apostle removes the plea in favour of the Jews, taken from their name and privilege, by distinguishing between a Jew and a Jew, and between circumcision and circumcision: "he is not a Jew which is one outwardly"; by mere name, nature, nation, religion, and profession:

neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh;
which takes away the flesh of the foreskin, but not the carnality of the heart; leaves a mark upon the flesh, but no impression on the mind. This is nothing, is not the true, solid, substantial, spiritual circumcision, which only avails in the sight of God.

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