Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Romans 4:9-12
For the believer faith must come first. Jesus has done all the work. The gift of salvation is there for the taking. All we need is faith. Without faith we can do nothing. Being circumcised will not get you into heaven. Being baptized will not get you into heaven. All the good works you do will not get you into heaven.
Faith is the only thing that will get you into heaven. But that faith must be put in the correct person. You can have all the faith in the world in Darwin, Mohammed or Buddha. You can have faith in angels and saints and that will not get you into heaven. You can have faith that in the end God will let everyone into heaven but that too will not get you in. You can put your faith in Joseph Smith or Gandhi and that faith will not get you in.
Your faith has to be in Jesus and God’s word. Jesus says He is the only way to God, there is no other way
The things we do after we have taken the leap of faith in Jesus are just outward signs of our changed nature. Being baptized will not make us any more saved than the moment we placed out faith in Jesus. Doing good works will not make us any more saved. We can fast, mutilate our bodies or take vows of silence and still it will not make us more saved than we were when we first believed.
When Jesus finished His work on the cross there was nothing left to do. We cannot do anything to add to His finished work or take away from it. All we can do is accept it or reject it. Accept and spend eternity with God. Reject it and spend eternity without God. It’s our choice where to place our faith.
Have a blessed day,