As I was considering if I could move on from Genesis 19 or if there was more to be taken for myself, yourself, and my posterity in this chapter of the Old Testament; I did feel a connection between what I had been reading in regards to the circumcision or reminder of a covenant with God and "The Holy Spirit of Promise."
As I read from David Ridges, Gospel Study Series, I read :
" In many places the Lord speaks of true circumcision as being the circumcision of the heart. The heart that is circumcised is one that loves God and is obedient to the spirit. ( Ezekiel 44:7; Deuteronomy 10:16 ; Jeremiah 4:4; Acts 7:51 ) "
Though a person may have had the token of circumcision in the flesh, unless he was righteous the covenant was invalidated and the circumcision became profitless. Thus, circumcision was only a sign or token of what needed to happen to the inward man. If the inward change had not taken place, then the circumcision was virtually meaningless. ( See Jeremiah 9: 25-26 , Romans 2:25-29; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Galatians 5:1-6; 6:12-15; Philippians 3:3-4 ) "
Likewise, even if one enters into baptism, goes to the temple and takes upon himself covenants between himself and the Lord, unless he does so with his heart in the right place, and full commitment and desire to keep the covenants - he will not have the blessing of the Holy Ghost, nor will The Holy Spirit of Promise seal the blessings of those covenants upon the individual. I am eternally thankful that the Lord does look upon our hearts, intentions, and thoughts. I hope and pray that He can be pleased with what He sees in me, and I hope that someday I can be worthy of being sealed to a righteous Priesthood Holder that loves Him the same as I do through The Holy Spirit of Promise.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.