How are you? How has your week been?
I’ve shared recently in a sermon that when I first got married, I looked at my left hand often. Why, you ask? I was looking at my wedding band. I would look at it and play with it. I still do this today.
Why do I wear my wedding band at all times? Why do I look at it and play with it from time to time? It’s the sign of the covenant I made with the woman I love. Every time I see it and play with it, I am reminded of my covenant of marriage.
We saw this past Sunday that God gave a sign of His covenant to Abraham. It was the sign of circumcision. This was the sign for many reasons. It was a hidden sign that was made visible through one’s life. It was on the organ of procreation since the covenant extended to the subsequent generations. It showed that they were to cut the sin out of their lives, and they were to be set apart from the rest of the world.
We see that the sign of circumcision points to the circumcision of the heart. We see in Scripture that circumcision of the body is nothing without the circumcision of the soul. The circumcision of the soul although hidden is made visible through one’s life.
When you examine your life, do you live with a circumcised heart? Is your life set apart from the rest of the world? Do people see Christ in you?
If not, it begs us to ask the question: how is it possible for us to have a circumcised heart? In Colossians 2, we see that it’s through the circumcision of Christ. He was the One who was cut off for our sin and for our uncircumcision. He was the One who was forsaken so that we can be forgiven. He becomes our circumcision so that we are made new in Him.
The sign of circumcision in the Old Testament translates into the sign of baptism in the New Testament. Baptism is a sign and seal of the Covenant of Grace for us as it points us to Christ. Another sign of the Covenant of Grace that we celebrate is the Lord’s Supper.
We will be partaking of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday. Let’s pray that we may commune with Christ, be reminded of His death, and grow in our covenant with Him this Sunday!
Be prayerful for yourselves and for one another. May we live by faith in the Son of God who became our circumcision in order for us to have new life.
See you on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship. Have a blessed week!
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