Circumcision and the Holy Spirit

Romans 4:11-12

Genesis 17

It was personal

It served as a reminder

  • A way for Abraham to remember God’s covenant with him
  • God didn’t need to remember it
  • John 14:26

It would not be undone

It was a seal of imputed righteousness

  • 2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
  • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  • Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

It was the sign of God’s relationship

  • Genesis 17 – Abraham laughs in verse 17
  • God warns Abraham in Genesis 18 and chose to listen to his prayer
  • Abraham leaves God’s will in Genesis 20 and creates a problem with Abimelech. But God warns Abimelech and again chooses to listen to Abraham’s prayer.
  • Colossians 2:11-12