Sealed by God

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 4:9-12

[Abraham] received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith. (v. 11)

Yesterday we saw how Abraham received true life with God as a gift. He believed God’s promises and was considered righteous before God.

But like all of us, Abraham had his times of doubt. So God came to him with a sign he could regularly see to remind him of the genuineness of God’s love for him and the reality of God’s promises. That sign, circumcision, sealed the relationship.

Seals indicate genuineness. In the ancient world, a uniquely shaped stone seal was pressed into a soft clay disc that was then tied by string around letters and official documents. After the clay hardened, these bullae, as the seals were called, certified that the document and its contents were genuine and had not been altered.

We still use seals today: the official seal of the President, a notary public’s seal stamped on paper to certify a signature, a sealed bottle of pain reliever to indicate its contents have not been altered. Seals give confidence.

So what’s the seal of our relationship with God? We have been “marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit . . . the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people” (Ephesians 1:13-14).


Thank you, God, for your Spirit living in me, which seals my eternal relationship with you. Amen.