12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.
The Jews in verse 12 refer to those saved by faith, not by ritual.
12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision,
The second aspect of Abraham’s fatherhood is that he was father to spiritual Jews as well as the Gentiles. He was the pattern of salvation for all who believe.
but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.
The words “walk in the steps” is a military term for soldiers marching in single file. Abraham was the father or pattern of anyone who exercises faith in God’s promises.
The norm of being a Gentile does not prohibit anyone from justification. The only qualification is faith. Abraham, as a Gentile, expressed faith in God’s promise. All Gentiles have to do is express faith in God’s promise for justification.
Circumcision or uncircumcision is not the pivotal point; faith in Christ is the issue. This eliminates all differences between Jews and Gentiles.
There is only one way to be justified in God’s eyes—by faith in His promise.
There is only one pattern for salvation—by faith in God’s promise. This is the grace way of salvation. Grace means God provides our salvation and we simply accept that by faith. That is, we trust His promise as true.
Eph 2:8-9, 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.