Thursday, May 31, 2012

Covenantal Marks

Genesis 17:9-14

When I was a kid, every now and then some guys would make a bond and call themselves "blood brothers."  This was something that happened when two boys were best of friends and made a promise to each other that their friendship was for life.  They would then cut themselves on the hand and shake hands and let their blood mingle.  The idea was that because their blood mixed, they were now "blood brothers," which seemed even closer than best friends and they promised to never betray each other.  I think I'm dating myself because you would never hear about boys doing this anymore; the introduction of HIV and Hepatitis has put an end to such rituals.  The verses I am looking at today made me think about it because they are about a physical mark God asked all men to have to show that they were a part of the covenant family.  Please read Genesis 17:9-14.

These verses and this command God gave Abraham became a source of contention for the early church.  God had said in verse 14 that any male who did not do this would be cut out of the covenant family.  But Paul also pointed out that it wasn't the circumcision that saved a person, but it was the work God did in them as a result of faith.  Colossians 2:11-12 says, "When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead."  We are circumcised when we believe in the saving power of Christ because he performed a spiritual circumcision on our hearts.  This was a cutting away of our sinful nature which is far more powerful than any physical procedure.

That is exciting because this is the only way we rid ourselves of sin.  In fact, it is not by anything we do it is through the amazing work of Christ.  It is this spiritual circumcision that marks us as a part of the family of God.  How blessed we are to have a Savior who would cut away all the sin we have done so we can be a part of His family!

Do you believe that Christ has cut away your sinful nature?

This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday and Grace Cafe.


  1. Great way to look at that! I've never thought of sin as being circumcised from us, but that is is exactly! Great post! (Visiting from Thought Provoking Thursday.)

    1. It is pretty awesome to think about, isn't it?

      Thank you for visiting!

  2. Sharon - I'm dating myself also becasue I also remember the blood brother act. Like Mindy, I had not thought of it as sin being circumcised from us before. I am so thankful for Jesus's sacrifice.

    Blessings and thanks for linking up.


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