Last week, we learned that through baptism God is actually at work, signing and sealing his covenant of grace to us and adopting us into his family. The language of signs and seals may be foreign to the 21st century reader. Let’s unpack them. First, though, let’s state the obvious. By applying the scriptural language of signs and seals to baptism, the Reformed tradition emphasizes that it is God doing something in the sacraments, not us.
Seals highlight the trustworthiness of God and give us tangible, visible Words that his promise is sure.
He is giving us a sign of something he has done or promises to do, things we cannot see with the naked eye, and He is sealing us. In the sacraments, then, we are pointed away from anything that we have done or … Read More »