Circumcision the Sign of the Covenant

171 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty[1] ; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers." 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,

4 "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram[2] ; your name will be Abraham,[3] for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 17:1-6

Commentary on Genesis 17:1-6

(Read Genesis 17:1-6)

The covenant was to be accomplished in due time. The promised Seed was Christ, and Christians in him. And all who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abram, being partakers of the same covenant blessings. In token of this covenant his name was changed from Abram, "a high father," to Abraham, "the father of a multitude." All that the Christian world enjoys, it is indebted for to Abraham and his Seed.