IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
A glorious way to begin to study
the beautiful Hebrew word AMEN is to listen to the angelic voices of the
choir sing Handel's peerless piece...
from Handel's Messiah
(from aman = to be firm, dependable, durable, steady, stable, sure,
established, trustworthy) and was used to acknowledge and emphasize what
was valid, sure and true, or important and significant.
Amen is "A common biblical
expression signifying certainty and veracity." (MacArthur)
When Abram believed (aman) God in
Genesis 15:6, in a sense he gave a heart felt "amen" to God's
promise in Genesis 15:5. He said in essence God's promise "is dependable
and trustworthy"! Have you ever shouted "amen" after reading or
hearing a promise from the faithful, non-lying God? It is a good practice
while we are still on earth for what will surely be our privileged
practice in our heavenly home!
As noted amen is derived from
aman which can also mean "believe" or "faithful" and thus came to mean
"sure" or truly," an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When one
believes God, he indicates his faith by an amen. When God makes a
promise, the believer’s response is amen or "so it will be!"
Webster on "amen"
- used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or
hearty approval (as of an assertion). As a verb, it signifies to confirm,
establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth,
firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English,
after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally
at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, be it
Anecdotal Story Regarding Daniel
On the night of Daniel Webster’s death
at Marshfield, October 24, 1852, his physician, Dr. Jeffries, knowing Mr.
Webster’s religious faith, suggested that he should read to him one of his
favorite hymns. Mr. Webster having intimated his consent, Dr. Jeffries
read Cowper’s hymn, beginning.
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins.
He read on till he had finished the
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.
Then, although his tongue was one of
the least feeble and stammering of human tongues, Webster in a clear,
strong voice replied. “Amen! Amen! Amen!” (Encyclopedia of 7700
Illustrations: Signs of the Times)
Spurgeon in comments on Ps
12:6 aptly remarks that "Man's words are yea and nay, but the Lord's
promises are yea and amen." Indeed they are and on that steadfast
truth we can rest eternally secure ( in
Christ) and can
be eternally grateful. Amen!
Note amen occurs after the doxologies
which end each of first four books of the Psalms - Ps 41:13; Ps 72:19; Ps 89:52; Ps 106:48 end
with an "amen". Adam Clarke writes that "in prayer
(amen) signifies let it be so, make it steady, let it be ratified."
In the OT used
often at the end of a sentence as an adverb meaning truly, surely,
certainly. It thus confirms the preceding words and invokes their
fulfillment: “so be it,”
The OT uses the
term (amen) in relation to both individuals and the community
1. to confirm
the acceptance of tasks whose performance depends on God’s will (1Ki.
1:36), (Ed: In this context "amen" is the equivalent of a binding promise)
2. to confirm
the application of divine threats or curses (Nu 5:22, Neh 5:13, Dt
3. to attest
the praise of God in response to doxology (1Chr 16:36, Ps 41:13, 14 Ps
72:19; Ps 89:52 Neh. 8:6; Ps. 106:48)
In every case
acknowledgment of what is valid or binding is implied. In Judaism Amen
is widely used, e.g., in response to praises, to the Aaronic blessing of
Num. 6:24, 25, 26, to vows, and to prayers. It denotes concurrence, or in
the case of a vow commitment, or at the end of one’s own prayer the hope
for its fulfilment. The LXX mostly renders the Hebrew term by genoito,
which retains the idea of validity but weakens that of commitment to a
G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. Theological Dictionary of the New
Richard Sibbes has an
interesting comment writing that
a short word, but marvellously pregnant, full of sense, full of spirit. It
is a word that seals all the truths of God, and seals every particular
promise of God. And it is never likely to arise in the soul, unless there
be first an almighty power from heaven, to seize on the powers of the
soul, to subdue them, and make it say, “Amen.” There is such an
inward rising of the heart, and an innate rebellion against the blessed
truth of God, that unless God, by his strong arm, bring the heart down, it
never will nor can say, “Amen.”
Amen is often at the end of a
sentence as an adverb and conveys the sense of truly, surely, certainly,
essentially serving as a confirmation to the veracity of the preceding
words and also calling for their fulfillment (the idea is "so be it") .
renders amen by the verb
ginomai (to become) which in the optative of wish (optative is similar to
making a prayer) genoito. Paul uses the this same verb genoito
in the negative sense when he wants to issue the strongest possible
refutation to a statement - "May it never be" e.g. in answer to the query
of whether we should sin so that grace might increase, he says "Me
genoito" = "May it never be". This is in a sense the antithesis of "amen".
Adolph Saphir commenting on
amen in Ps 106;48 writes that most everyone knows the literal
meaning of "amen" as "so be it" and...
consider the deep meaning, the great solemnity, and the abundant
consolation treasured up in this word, which has formed for centuries the
conclusion of the prayers and praises of God's people. A word which is
frequently used without due thoughtfulness, and unaccompanied with the
feeling which it is intended to call forth, loses its power from this very
familiarity, and though constantly on our lips, lies bedridden in the
dormitory of our soul.
E. H. Plumptre has this note
on the occurrences of "amen" in the Psalms...
As the Psalms
were not written by one man, so neither do they form one book. The Psalter
is, in fact, a "Pentateuch" ("five books"), and the lines of
demarcation, which divide the five books one from another, are
clear and distinct enough. At the end of the 41st Psalm, of the 72nd, of
the 89th, and of the 106th, we meet with the solemn, Amen, single
or redoubled, following on a doxology, which indicates that one book ends
and that another is about to begin. A closer study of the Psalms shows
that each book possesses characteristics of its own. Jehovah ("the Lord")
for example, is prominent as the divine name in the first book, Elohim
("God") in the second. (E. H. Plumptre, M.A., in "Biblical Studies," 1870)
NIDNTT add that...
transliterates the Hebrew ’āmēn 8 times; in Jer 28:6 (LXX 35:6) it is
translated by alēthōs; it is rendered 17 times by genoito (so may it be).
This latter makes it an expression of hope and desire, and no longer a
confirmation of what is; the obligation conveyed by “amen” is also
As a confirmation by the speaker (or writer) of his own words, amen has
been found only once in the OT period, in a letter (an ostrakon) from the
end of the 7th cent. B.C., written by Metzad Chashavyahu, where he says,
“Amen, there is no mistake on my part."
sources “amen” is found only as a confirmatory and emphatic answer to what
has been said by another. R. Jose b. Chanina (c. A.D. 270) said, “Amen
contains an oath, the acceptance of words, and the confirmation of words.”
Anyone saying amen to a prayer or doxology made it his own. Anyone saying
amen to an adjuration, blessing or curse made it binding on himself. Hence
it was inferred that the adjuration of the woman suspected of adultery to
which she had to answer Amen (Num. 5:11–31), had to be in a language she
understood (Sifre Num. 12 on Num. 5:19). The Jew had to say amen to any
doxology he heard. He who says amen properly will be richly rewarded by
God. Amen is seldom found at the end of a prayer. In the worship of the
Synagogue, but not of the Temple, the congregation answered “amen” to the
doxologies pronounced by the leader of the worship and also to the three
sections of the Aaronic blessing (Num. 6:24ff.), which had to be modified
to a prayer if spoken by a layman.
Colin, Editor. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. 1986.
FROM EXCELLENT EXPOSITOR
Tony Evans applies the
amen to our trials -- when the trials come will we still shout
"amen" or will it be "oh my"? Evans (speaking on Dt 8:1,
2, 3) asks...
Have you ever
had trials like this in your life? “He let you be hungry" God tests
obedience through trials. He tries you in order to test you. He tries me
in order to test me. You see, it’s not enough for God just to hear us say
“Amen” in church. When the benediction is over God is going to test
us. He wants to see whether the “Amen” out of our mouths is also
the “Amen” of our feet. He wants to know, when things go against
us, do we believe Him enough to obey Him? Do we trust Him enough to follow
Him? (Our God is Awesome)
Notice I did
not say God sends adversity so He can know how spiritual you are. He
already knows what you are going to do. The test is for your sake, so you
can see whether your “amens” on Sunday are as real as you thought
they were when you said them. (Returning to your first love: Putting God
back in first place)
That’s what God
does when He sends us trials. He wants to see whether we are willing to
implement on Monday what we said “amen” to on Sunday. (What matters
most: Four absolute necessities in following Christ)
In another section Evans
God occurs when God’s invisible Spirit and your invisible spirit get
together with one another, when they commune and communicate. If God has
your body, but He does not have your invisible spirit, you cannot worship
the God who is spirit. You can clap to the songs. You can sing with the
choir. You can say “Amen” to the words, but unless the spirit has
kicked into gear, you cannot worship.
spotlight may shift for a while, but remember this. It is the Holy Spirit
who makes the truths we’re about to study come alive in your heart,
because the Spirit is also the Illuminator of Scripture...When you read
God’s Word about your security in Christ and something within you says, “Amen,
that’s true and I believe it,” that’s the ministry of the Spirit. (Evans,
A. T. (1996). The promise : Experiencing God's greatest gift, the Holy
Christian...speaks Christian, but then he lives another dialect. He says,
“Praise God! Hallelujah! Amen!” with his lips, but he speaks a
different language with his life. (Returning to your first love: Putting
God back in first place)
Amen - 30x in 24v in the
NAS - 28 are translated "amen" and 2 are translated "truth".
(Context = A woman suspected of adultery) and this water that brings a curse shall go into your stomach, and make
your abdomen swell and your thigh waste away." And the woman shall say,
Note: The word “amen” carries the idea of “so be it,” or “truly.” The
woman who submits to this test is willing to have the test demonstrate the
examination of God.
Expositor's Bible Commentary: The woman...may return to her home to
await the outcome of the oath. If she was innocent of infidelity, she
should count on progeny. This means, of course, she returns to her
husband’s embrace. If she was guilty of infidelity but not caught in the
act, then she would suffer debilitating physical symptoms that would
prohibit successful pregnancies.
F, Editor: Expositor's Bible Commentary OT 7 Volume Set: Books: Zondervan
Deuteronomy 27:15 'Cursed is the man who makes an idol or a molten image,
an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and
sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.'
Twelve times the people are to confirm the veracity of the curse just
spoken. Given that these curses are related to disobedience to the Old
Covenant (of Law), the amen by the people is their acknowledgment that
they have heard, understand and agree that the specific curse is fair and
notes: The Levites speak again at this point; throughout this pericope
the Levites pronounce the curse and the people respond with “Amen.”
Dt 27:16 'Cursed is he who dishonors his father or mother.' And all the
people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:17 'Cursed is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all
the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:18 'Cursed is he who misleads a blind person on the road.' And all
the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:19 'Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and
widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:20 'Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife, because he has
uncovered his father's skirt.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:21 'Cursed is he who lies with any animal.' And all the people
shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:22 'Cursed is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his
father or of his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:23 'Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law.' And all the
people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:24 'Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor in secret.' And all the
people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:25 'Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to strike down an innocent
person.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Dt 27:26 'Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by
doing them.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
1 Kings 1:36 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, "Amen!
Thus may the LORD, the God of my lord the king, say.
1 Chronicles 16:36 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From
everlasting even to everlasting. Then all the people said, "Amen," (Lxx =
Amen) and praised the LORD.
Nehemiah 5:13 I also shook out the front of my garment and said, "Thus may
God shake out every man from his house and from his possessions who does
not fulfill this promise; even thus may he be shaken out and emptied." And
all the assembly said, "Amen!" (Lxx = Amen) And they praised the LORD.
Then the people did according to this promise.
Neh. 8:6 and 1 Chr. 16:36 show it to be the people’s expression of
response. Through “amen” that which has been said is affirmed as certain,
positive, valid and binding.
Colin, Editor. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. 1986.
Nehemiah 8:6 Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people
answered, "Amen, Amen!" (Lxx = Amen, Amen) while lifting up their hands;
then they bowed low and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting to
everlasting. Amen and Amen.
Comments: The essence of the Hebrew root of “amen” is “it is
true,” i.e., reliable, confirmed, verified. Note that Book I of the Psalms
(Ps 1-41) closes with a doxology; cf. the endings of the other 4 books (Ps
72:18, 19; 89:52; 106:48; 150:6).
J.: The MacArthur Study Bible Nashville: Word
Amen and amen. So let it surely, firmly, and eternally be. Thus the people
joined in the Psalm by a double shout of holy affirmation; let us unite in
it with all out hearts. This last verse may serve for the prayer of the
universal church in all ages, but none can sing it so sweetly as those who
have experienced as David did the faithfulness of God in times of
Henry: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to
everlasting. Amen, and Amen. We are here taught, (1) To give glory to God,
as the Lord God of Israel, a God in covenant with his people; that has
done great and kind things for them, and has more and better in reserve.
(2) To give him glory as an eternal God, that has both his being and his
blessedness from everlasting and to everlasting. (3) To do this with great
affection and fervour of spirit, intimated in a double seal set to it,
Amen, and Amen. We say Amen to it, and let all others say Amen too.
Psalm 72:19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole
earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.
quotes Neale and Littledale: “Amen, and Amen.” Rabbi
Jehudah the Holy, said, “He that said Amen in this world is worthy to say
it in the world to come. David, therefore, utters Amen twice in this
Psalm, to show that one ‘Amen’ belongs to this world, the other to that
which is to come. He who saith ‘Amen’ devoutly, is greater than he who
uttereth the prayers, for the prayers are but the letter, and the Amen is
the seal. The scribe writeth the letters, the prince alone seals them.”
Thomas Woodcock: “Amen, and Amen.” What is “Amen” in Matt. 16:28 is
alethos or “verily” in Luke 9:27. Our Saviour hath this phrase peculiar to
himself, “Amen, Amen,” to give confirmation to the doctrine, and to raise
our attention and faith; or to show that not only truth is spoken, but by
him who is truth itself.… There is no need for a rubric by the men of the
Great Synagogue, or a canon, to command a man to blush, when it is only
the natural passion that will command it; so, when the heart is warm in
prayer with serious and earnest affections, a double Amen doth as
naturally flow from us as milk from a mother’s breast to her suckling. And
Amen comes from אָמֵן, aman, which signifies “to nurse;” as if it were, if
not the mother, yet the faithful nurse, of lively devotion. Assent to
repetitions is essential unto prayer, and it is not signified publicly but
by one Amen. (1695 in “Morning Exercises)
Psalm 89:52 Blessed be the LORD forever!
Amen and Amen.
Note: Heb “surely and surely” (אָמֵן וְאָמֵן) This is probably
a congregational response to the immediately preceding statement about the
propriety of praising God; thus it has been translated “We agree! We
Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting even
to everlasting. And let all the people say, "Amen." Praise the LORD!
comment: And let all the people say, Amen. They have all seen
spared by his grace, let them all join in the adoration with loud
unanimous voice. What a thunder of praise would thus be caused! Yet should
a nation thus magnify him, yea, should all the nations past and present
unite in the solemn acclaim, it mould fall far short of his deserts. O for
the happy day when all flesh shall see the glory of God, and all shall
aloud proclaim his praise.
Adolph Saphir on "Amen": Martin Luther said once of the Lord's
Prayer that "it was the greatest martyr on earth because it was used so
frequently without thought and feeling, without reverence and faith." This
quaint remark, as true as it is sad, applies perhaps with still greater
force to the word "Amen."
Familiar to us from our infancy is the sound of this word, which has found
a home wherever the natives have learnt to adore Israel's God and Saviour.
It has been adopted, and without translation retained, in all languages in
which the gospel of Jesus the Son of David is preached. The literal
signification, "So be it", is known to all; yet few consider the deep
meaning, the great solemnity, and the abundant consolation treasured up in
this word, which has formed for centuries the conclusion of the prayers
and praises of God's people. A word which is frequently used without due
thoughtfulness, and unaccompanied with the feeling which it is intended to
call forth, loses its power from this very familiarity, and though
constantly on our lips, lies bedridden in the dormitory of our soul. But
it is a great word this word "Amen"; and Luther has truly said, "As your
Amen is, so has been your prayer."
It is a word of venerable history in Israel and in the church. The word
dates as far back as the law of Moses. When a solemn oath was pronounced
by the priest, the response of the person who was adjured consisted simply
of the word "Amen." In like manner the people responded "Amen" when, from
the heights of Ebal and Gerizim, the blessings and the curses of the
divine law were pronounced. Again, at the great festival which David made
when the ark of God was brought from Obed Edom, the psalm of praise which
Asaph and his brethren sang concluded with the words, "Blessed be the
Lord. God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen"
(1Chr 16:36). Thus we find in the Psalms, not merely that David concludes
his psalm of praise with the word Amen, but he says, And let all the
people say, Amen. (Adolph Saphir, in "The Lord's Prayer", 1870)
Isaiah 65:16 "Because he who is blessed in the earth
will be blessed by
the God of truth; and he who swears in the earth will swear by the God of
truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are
hidden from My sight!
Now take the definitions of "amen" above and insert them in the
phrase "God of Amen." And so He is the God Who is "firm, dependable,
steady, stable, sure, established, trustworthy." This is our God beloved.
Let us run by faith into the strong tower of this great descriptive Name
of God and be safe (Pr 18:10-note
). And Who is this
God of the Amen? John the apostle would surely say that indeed this is
Jesus, the "Amen" in Rev 3:14. Hallelujah! Amen!
J A Motyer
writes: The title the God of truth/‘the God of [the] Amen’,
found only here, is recalled in 2Corinthians 1:20, which makes its meaning
clear: he is the God who says ‘Amen’ to all His promises,
affirming their reality and His trustworthiness in keeping them—the God
Who promised of old in Abraham that people world-wide would enter into
blessing and who has kept His word. This world-wide enjoyment of the
faithful God is followed by corresponding world-wide commitment: takes an
oath byswears loyalty to’ (cf. Isa 45:23).
Comments: Literally this is “God of Amen,” referring to the
very God, the True God, who will honor His promises to Israel, thus
vindicating Himself in the eyes of all people. Someday the rebels will be
purged out and the redeemed remnant will be left. In that time, all
blessing and swearing will be by the one and only True God, because all
idols will be vanquished and forgotten in the glory of the kingdom of
J.: The MacArthur Study Bible Nashville: Word
Jeremiah 11:5 in order to confirm the oath which I swore to your
forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is
this day."'" Then I said, "Amen (So be it), O LORD."
Jeremiah utters "amen" to affirm the curse of Jer 11:3.
Jeremiah 28:6 and the prophet Jeremiah said, "Amen! May the LORD do so;
may the LORD confirm your words which you have prophesied to bring back
the vessels of the LORD'S house and all the exiles, from Babylon to this
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IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Amen (281) (amen) is a
transliteration of the Hebrew noun amen and then into Latin and into
English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal
word. Amen has been called the best-known word in human speech. To say
“Amen” confirms a statement by someone else.
Amen is a response to something
that has just been said, except in Jesus' teachings. Jesus, the ultimate
"Amen" (Rev 3:14), is the supreme
authority and so it is clearly apropos that His teachings be
introduced by amen. John's Gospel has 25 uses of "amen" and
every use is a double amen (or double "truly"
in the NAS - 25 times). None of the other 3 Gospels use a "double
amen." It is also notable that in the four Gospels, amen is used only by
our Lord Jesus Christ, almost always "to introduce new revelations of the
mind of God." (Vine) Every use of "amen" or "truly" by Jesus serves to
affirm what follows and by extension to cause us to pay close attention to
the teaching. The
Pauline uses of amen occur primarily at the close of his prayers or
doxologies, and as such serve to confirm them as "it is firm" (or "so let
BDAG has an interesting note
that in the papyri amen was
symbolically expressed by the number
99 [α=1 + μ=40 + η=8 + ν=50) (and had two
basic meanings) (1) strong affirmation of what is stated...(2) Christ as
the ultimate affirmation, the Amen.
W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New
Testament and Other Early Christian Literature
W E Vine...commenting on amen
Its meanings may be seen in such
passages as Dt. 7:9, ‘the faithful (the Amen) God,’ Isa. 49:7,
‘Jehovah that is faithful.’ 65:16, ‘the God of truth,’ ‘the God of Amen.’
And if God is faithful His testimonies and precepts are “sure (amen),”
Ps. 19:7; 111:7, as are also His warnings, Hos. 5:9, and promises, Isa.
33:16; 55:3. ‘Amen’ is used of men also, e.g., Pr. 25:13.
There are cases where the people used
it to express their assent to a law and their willingness to submit to the
penalty attached to the breach of it, Dt. 27:15, cf. Neh 5:13. It is also
used to express acquiescence in another’s prayer, 1Ki 1:36, where it is
defined as “(let) God say so too,” or in another’s thanksgiving, 1Chr
16:36, whether by an individual, Je 11:5, or by the congregation, Ps
Thus ‘Amen’ said by God ‘it is and shall be so,‘ and by men, ‘so
let it be.’
Once in the NT ‘Amen’ is a title of Christ, Rev 3:14, because
through Him the purposes of God are established, 2Co 1:20.
The early Christian churches
followed the example of Israel in associating themselves audibly with the
prayers and thanksgivings offered on their behalf, 1Co 14:16, where the
article ‘the’ points to a common practice. Moreover this custom conforms
to the pattern of things in the Heavens, see Rev 5:14, etc.
“The individual also said ‘Amen’ to express his ‘let it be so’ in
response to the Divine ‘thus it shall be,’ Rev 22:20. Frequently the
speaker adds ‘Amen’ to his own prayers and doxologies, as is the
case at Ep 3:21, e.g.
W E: Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
TDNT writes that in the NT,
amen has three main uses...
1. As an acclamation in worship, it signifies response (Rev. 5:14).
2. At the conclusion of prayers and doxologies (e.g., Gal 1:5; Ep 3:21;
1Ti 1:17...), it expresses the priority of prayer and doxology////
3. When Jesus places Amen before his
own sayings, both in the Synoptics and (liturgically doubled) in John, the
point is to stress the truth and validity of the sayings by his own
acknowledgment of them. The sayings vary in content but all relate to the
history of the kingdom of God as this is bound up with His own person, so
that in the Amen we have all Christology in a nutshell.
Acknowledging his word, Jesus affirms it in his life and thus makes it a
claim on others.
G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. Theological Dictionary of the New
Vincent on "amen"...
The English word is a transcription (or
transliteration) of the Greek and of the Hebrew. (Amen is) a verbal
adjective, meaning firm, faithful.
As Utley reminds us...
Jesus is the only one who ever started
a sentence with this term. It seems to have the connotation of “this is an
important and trustworthy statement, listen closely.”
Amen is our Lord's
self-designation in Rev 3:14 (cp Isaiah 65:16 where "God of truth" is
literally "God of amen"). We can be preeminently certain that His
Word is always faithful and true, because He is none other than the
Creator of all things, and thus He is our eternal "Amen." J.
Hampton Keathley III adds that...
Amen also connoted the idea of finality
or the last word; is used of our Lord as the True One, the last word and
final authority in each individual’s life as well as for the entire world.
As used of Christ, it points to Him as the end, the finality and certainty
of all things. With Him one needs no substitutes, no subtractions or
additions. With Jesus Christ there is no further search needed for truth
for in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).
Thus, every promise He makes is true and every woe He pronounces shall
come to pass.
In his devotional on Rev 3:14,
The word Amen solemnly confirms
that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, for
ever is “the Amen” in all his promises. Sinner, I would comfort
thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If you come to him,
he will say “Amen” in your soul; his promise shall be true to you.
He said in the days of his flesh, “The bruised reed I will not break.” O
thou poor, broken, bruised heart, if thou comest to him, he will say “Amen”
to thee, and that shall be true in thy soul as in hundreds of cases in
bygone years. Christian, is not this very comforting to thee also, that
there is not a word which has gone out of the Saviour’s lips which he has
ever retracted? The words of Jesus shall stand when heaven and earth shall
pass away. If thou gettest a hold of but half a promise, thou shalt find
it true. Beware of him who is called “Clip-promise,” who will destroy much
of the comfort of God’s word.
Jesus is Yea and Amen in all his offices. He was a Priest to pardon
and cleanse once, he is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule
and reign for his people, and to defend them with his mighty arm, he is an
Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell
good things to come, his lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still—he
is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of his blood;
he is Amen as to his righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain
most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every
single title which he bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your
Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s
dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Castle and your High Tower;
the Horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and
your Yea and Amen in all. (Ed: And all God's people said
It is, therefore, profoundly meaningful
that the entire Bible closes with an "amen." "The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:21), assuring everyone who
reads these words that the whole Book is absolutely true and trustworthy.
Amen! - HMM (Source unknown)
In his introduction to his sermon on "The
Amen" Spurgeon writes...
THE word “Amen” is much more
full of meaning than may be supposed, and as a title of our Lord Jesus
Christ it is eminently suggestive. As you know the word is a Hebrew one,
which has been very properly conveyed not only into our language, but into
most, if not all the languages of Christendom. It is a happy circumstance
that some of these words should have had vitality enough in them to be
transplanted into other tongues, and still to flourish; it gives some
faint foreshadowing of the united worship of celestial spirits; and it
indicates the Lord’s will that the Hebrew race shall not be forgotten by
his Church, and that the language of his well-beloved Israel stills sounds
sweetly in his ear.
AMEN signifies, true, faithful,
certain, but its sense will he better seen by carefully noting its uses.
It had at least three forms of practical meaning.
First, it was used in the sense
of asserting; when a person would give peculiar authority to his words, he
either commenced or concluded with the word Amen; and thus declared as
with the solemn “yea, yea,” of an honest truth-loving man, certainly,
assuredly, so it is. Our Savior uses the term frequently. The word, which
we translate “Verily, verily,” is this word “Amen.” You must have observed
that John who has a quick eye for the divine moods of the Lord Jesus notes
with unerring fidelity the repetition of the asserting word. Whenever our
blessed Lord was about to say something peculiarly solemn, into which he
would throw the full weight of his authority, he asserted it by the
doubling of the word “Amen, amen,” or “Verily, verily,” at the
commencement of it.
The second sense of the word Amen
slightly varies from asserting, and may be more properly described as
consenting. There is a memorable instance of this in the case of the woman
who drank the water of jealousy. (Nu 5:22.) When she drank the water of
jealousy, it was enacted that if she had been guilty of the crime laid to
her door, certain terrible results should follow as the effect of this
water; she, at the time she drank it, said “Amen, amen;” that is, she gave
her consent that such-and-such pangs should fall upon her if she had been
really guilty of adultery. And a more memorable instance still is that of
the people assembled upon Mount Ebal and Gerizim; when the threatenings
and the blessings were both read in their hearing, the people said “Amen,
amen.” So let it be. Of the like character is the case in the book of
Nehemiah; when Ezra blessed Jehovah, the great God, all the people
answered, Amen, with lifting up of their hands.
A third meaning of the word Amen
is what we may call petitionary. In this sense we use it at the close of
our prayers. “Our Father who art in heaven” is not a complete model of
public prayer till it concludes with “Amen.” In the ancient Church it was
customary for the entire congregation to say Amen. Paul alludes to this
custom in that expression in the Corinthians, where he speaks of persons
praying in an unknown tongue; he says, “How should he that occupieth the
room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he
understandeth not what thou sayest?” We have it put on record by Jerome,
that at Rome the people were accustomed to say Amen in the gatherings of
the early Christians so heartily, I might add so lustily, that it was like
the dash of a cataract, or a clap of thunder. I could wish that we more
uniformly and universally said Amen at the close of public prayer; I am
sure it would be scriptural and apostolic, and I believe it would be
useful to you all. Perhaps the custom was dropped on account of the
irregular way in which the brethren said Amen. I have heard the same
regularity in certain rustic Methodist congregations, when I have thought
that the Amen was put in the wrong place; and could have wished the custom
to be discontinued altogether, because certain illiterate, rash, but
zealous brethren said Amen when there was nothing to say Amen to, and so
rather created ridicule than reverence, and showed as much folly as
fervor. However, a judicious revival of the custom would, I doubt not, be
useful in the Church of God. It then signifies, “So be it, so let it be,”
and is virtually the consent of the entire congregation to the prayer
which has been put up. Observe the devout Amen of Benaiah, at the close of
David’s dying prayer, with the remarkable addition, “The Lord God of my
lord the king say so too.” (1Ki 1:36.) Notice also how the psalmist closes
several of the psalms, such as the forty-first and the seventy-second with
the emphatic conclusion, “Amen and Amen.”
“Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels, descend with songs again,
And earth, repeat the long Amen.”
NIDNTT notes that...
The sayings of Jesus introduced by amen
often show primitive traits, eschatological pronouncements (Matt. 10:23;
19:28; 24:34; 25:40), and a sharp contrast with Pharisaism (Mt. 6:2, 5,
16; 8:10). ([Tr.] The contrast here is rather with standard Judaism or its
exaggeration.) By introducing his words with amen Jesus labelled them as
certain and reliable. He stood by them and made them binding on himself
and his hearers. They are an expression of his majesty and authority.
Spurgeon comments on the
striking use of the word amen by his audience...
I have preached during this week in the
simplest manner I could these truths to somewhere about twenty or thirty
thousand Welsh people in one congregation, and such a sight I never saw,
when all as one man they kept crying out, “Aha! Amen! Amen–Gogoniant
(Ed: In the Welsh Dictionary = "glory");” the whole sermon through,
carried away with enthusiasm because they heard again the good old truths
that Christmas Evans (Ed: The theme of his preaching was free and
sovereign grace) used to thunder out to them, and which the Welsh still
hold intact, even though the English may choose to reject and scorn them.
(Sovereign Grace Sermons)
1Cor 15:17 --- If Christ was not
raised, their faith had failed to secure its end or aim, namely,
salvation. There could be no assurance that he had not died for his own
sin. The Resurrection was necessary to demonstrate the perfection of the
character of the Redeemer (cf. Acts 2:24) and to demonstrate the
acceptance of the Son's work by the Father (cf. Ro 4:25). As someone has
said, the Resurrection is God's "Amen" to Christ's "It is finished." (Jn
We observe the cross and see redemption effected; we see the Resurrection
and know the redemption is accepted. (The Wycliffe Bible Commentary)
The "Amen" of Revival (Vance
It amounts to this: what we need is a
revival. If you can't have one in your church get alone with God and
have one yourself. Tell Him you're slipping, getting over it, getting
used to being a Christian, and that you don't like it. Get back past all
the world confusion and church quarrels and differences among the
saints and the weaknesses of the brethren, back to Christ, to One
you can trust. Come to Him afresh and fall in love with Him again
and get such an eye-full and heart-full of Him that you feel like you did
when you were converted. If it brings tears to the eyes and a tremor
to the voice and an "amen" to the lips, well and good. (Jesus
Only: Devotional Meditations)
Amen or So What? (Vance Havner)
For this generation, brought up on
movie thrillers and silly comics, I covet a childhood nurtured on the Word
of God. It might seem the depth of boredom to a modern youngster fed on
trash and jaded from worn-out excitements, but life was happier before the
"Amen" age gave way to the era of "So What?".
(The Vance Havner Quotebook)
Amen and Worship (A W Tozer)
First, I do not believe it is
necessarily true that we are worshiping God when we are making a lot of
racket. But not infrequently worship is audible....Second, I would warn
those who are cultured, quiet, self-possessed, poised and sophisticated
that if they are embarrassed in church when some happy Christian says "Amen!"
they may actually be in need of some spiritual enlightenment. The
worshiping saints of God in the Body of Christ have often been a little
bit noisy. Lord, may my worship be genuine and heartfelt, whether it be in
quiet meditation or in loud exaltation! Amen. (Tozer on the
Almighty God: A 366-Day Devotional)
Amen in the NT - 129x in 103v in
the NAS - Amen(30), truly(99).
"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the
smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is
When Jesus uses Amen, it points to a solemn declaration that the hearers
Matthew 5:26-note "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there
until you have paid up the last cent.
Matthew 6:2-note "So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before
you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that
they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their
reward in full.
Matthew 6:5-note "When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for
they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so
that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their
reward in full.
Matthew 6:13-note 'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Matthew 6:16-note "Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the
hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be
noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have
their reward in full.
Matthew 10:15 "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for
the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
Matthew 10:23 "But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the
next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the
cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.
Matthew 10:42 "And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these
little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you,
he shall not lose his reward."
Matthew 11:11 "Truly I say to you, among those born of women there
has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is
least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Matthew 13:17 "For truly I say to you that many prophets and
righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear
what you hear, and did not hear it.
Matthew 16:28 "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are
standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man
coming in His kingdom."
Matthew 17:20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your
faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,'
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Matthew 18:3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are
converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of
Matthew 18:13 "If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to
you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not
Matthew 18:18 "Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall
have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been
loosed in heaven.
Matthew 19:23 And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you,
it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, that you
who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on
His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.
Matthew 21:21 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to
you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was
done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up
and cast into the sea,' it will happen.
Matthew 21:31 "Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said,
"The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that the tax
collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.
Matthew 23:36 "Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon
Matthew 24:2 And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things?
Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another,
which will not be torn down."
Matthew 24:34 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass
away until all these things take place.
Matthew 24:47 "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of
all his possessions.
Matthew 25:12 "But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know
Matthew 24:40 "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say
to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
Matthew 24:45 "Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to
the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did
not do it to Me.'
Matthew 26:13 "Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached
in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in
memory of her."
Matthew 26:21 As they were eating, He said, "Truly I say to you
that one of you will betray Me."
Matthew 26:34 Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very
night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
Mark 3:28 "Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons
of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
Mark 8:12 Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation
seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this
Mark 9:1 And Jesus was saying to them, "Truly I say to you, there
are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until
they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."
Mark 9:41 "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your
name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose
Mark 10:15 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."
Mark 10:29 Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has
left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or
farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake,
Mark 11:23 "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be
taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but
believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
Mark 12:43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I
say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the
Mark 13:30 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things take place.
Mark 14:9 "Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in
the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory
Mark 14:18 As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, "Truly
I say to you that one of you will betray Me-- one who is eating with Me."
Mark 14:25 "Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the
fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of
Mark 14:30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you, that this
very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three
Luke 4:24 And He said, "Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome
in his hometown.
Luke 12:37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the
alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself
to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on
Luke 18:17 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."
Luke 18:29 And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who
has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of
the kingdom of God,
Luke 21:32 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all things take place.
Luke 23:43 And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall
be with Me in Paradise."
John 1:51 And He said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and
descending on the Son of Man."
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I
say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:11 "Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and
testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.
John 5:19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly,
truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it
is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these
things the Son also does in like manner.
John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and
believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into
judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
John 5:25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now
is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who
hear will live.
John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say
to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the
loaves and were filled.
John 6:32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to
you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is
My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
John 6:47 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has
John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to
you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you
have no life in yourselves.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.
John 8:51 "Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My
word he will never see death."
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
before Abraham was born, I am."
John 10:1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter
by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he
is a thief and a robber.
John 10:7 So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say
to you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 12:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of
wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it
bears much fruit.
John 13:16 "Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not
greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who
John 13:20 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives
whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent
John 13:21 When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and
testified and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of
you will betray Me."
John 13:38 Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly,
truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me
John 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in
Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he
will do; because I go to the Father.
John 16:20 "Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep
and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief
will be turned into joy.
John 16:23 "In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly,
truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name,
He will give it to you.
John 21:18 "Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were
younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when
you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird
you, and bring you where you do not wish to go."
Romans 1:25-note For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped
and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.
Romans 9:5-note whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to
the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 11:36-note For
from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory
Romans 15:33-note Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Romans 16:27-note to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory
1 Corinthians 14:16 Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will
the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the "Amen " at your
giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?
comments that "amen" is: The customary response of the
congregation, adopted from the synagogue worship. See Deut. 27:15; Neh.
8:6. The Rabbis have numerous sayings about the Amen. “Greater is
he who responds Amen than he who blesses.” “Whoever answers Amen, his name
shall be great and blessed, and the decree of his damnation is utterly
done away.” “To him who answers Amen the gates of Paradise are open.” An
ill-considered Amen was styled “an orphan Amen.” “Whoever says an orphan
Amen, his children shall be orphans.” The custom was perpetuated in
Christian worship, and this response enters into all the ancient
liturgies. Jerome says that the united voice of the people in the Amen
sounded like the fall of water or the sound of thunder.
How can such a layman, inexperienced in spiritual things, possibly say
"Amen" to such unintelligible utterances, since he does not understand
what you are saying? Again Paul drives home the futility of speaking with
tongues without making their meaning known. "Amen" is a transliterated
Hebrew word for "truth" or "verity," and is used in Greek as well as in
many other languages to express full and decided assent. One cannot agree
or disagree with something unless he understands it. Therefore, we have
one more evidence that the speaking with tongues referred to in this
passage, as practiced by the Corinthians was not speaking in an
understandable language for the purpose of making the counsels of God
known to those present at the place of worship, but was ecstatic utterance
emotionally induced. (Zodhiates Corinthians Commentary Series)
2 Corinthians 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are
yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God
This text reminds us, every promise of God in Christ is "yea and amen," as
strong an affirmation of truth as can be expressed in the Greek language.
Through Christ all of God's promises are "amen" or confirmed.
(1820) commenting on the phrase "For the needy will not always be
forgotten" (Ps 9:18) wrote...
This is a
sweet promise for a thousand occasions, and when pleaded before the throne
in His (Christ's) name Who comprehends in Himself every promise, and is
indeed Himself the great promise of the Bible, it would be found like all
others, yea and amen.
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen.” These words
teach us THE STABILITY OF THE PROMISES. The promises of God are very firm,
for, first, they are settled on an everlasting basis, for they are
promises in Christ. As I look at the text, I can see two words leaping up
out of it; and as I look at it again, I see the same two wards leaping up
again: “in him.” “All promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen.”
There is a great thought which I cannot fully open up to you now, you must
lie awake to-night, and think over it, and pray over it: “All the promises
of God in him.” What a great Christ you have, to have “all the promises of
God” within himself! The range of the promises seems to be infinite, and
yet Christ is great, enough to be the circumference that shuts them all
in. I rejoice in this great truth, that “all the promises of God” are in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
And in Christ they are said to be “Yea.” That is a Greek word, so this is
a message to Gentiles. “And in him Amen.” That is a Hebrew word, and is
therefore for the Jews. You may have noticed how whenever the Holy Spirit
wishes to impress any truth upon us with more than usual solemnity, he
uses two languages, as in the case of “Abba, Father.” In this way, all the
saints of God, whether they be Jews or Gentiles, may have their portion of
meat in due season.
“All the promises of God in him are “yea.” That is, they are certain. “And
in him Amen.” That is, they are accomplished. We may say, after every
promise of God, “Yea, so it is. Amen, so let it be,” There is but a slight
variation in the meaning of the words, but it is enough to let us see
that, there is no tautology here, not even if the words are translated,
“All the promises of God are yea,” that is, true; “and they are Amen;”
that is, they shall be accomplished in Christ Jesus.
The stability of the promises in Christ is established beyond all hazard,
first, because Christ is God’s Witness. If anyone asks, “Did God make this
promise?” Christ comes forward, and says, “Yes, I heard him say it.”
Christ is “the faithful and true Witness.” He bears witness of God and for
God to the sons. of men; and he sets his seal to every divine promise, and
certifies it, with his “Yea and Amen.”
Next, the promises are sure in Christ, because he is God’s Representative.
He is always doing the Father’s will, even as he has done it in the past.
When he came to earth, and died upon the cross, he accomplished the work
of redemption upon which God’s heart was set; and he is still doing the
Father’s will. What ever Jesus has said, God has said, for he speaks the
words of God. The Father sent him into the world as his Representative,
and he spoke not merely his own words, but the words of the Father who
Then, next, Jesus, is the Surety of the covenant. The promise was at first
made to Adam. If Adam keeps, the command of God, and does not touch the
forbidden fruit, he and those whom he represents shall have all manner of
good things. But Adam transgressed the taw of the Lord, so that covenant
was made void. The second covenant is on this wise. If Jesus Christ, the
second Adam, will do this and that, then all whom he represents shall have
the, blessings guaranteed in the covenant. The Lord Jesus has done all
that, he agreed to do; he has kept the law, and so has honored it, and he
has also died, and borne the sentence of the law. He has thus offered both
an active and a passive obedience to, the law of God, and now all the
promises of God must be kept to Christ, for they are “Yea, and Amen” in
him. Take those great promises in the fifty-third of Isaiah: “He shall see
of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall
my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a, portion with the great, and he shall divide
the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
and he, was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.” These are promises, first to
the Head, and then to us the members of his mystical body; first to the
second Adam, and then to all who, by a living faith, are included in his
federal headship. So, the promises are “Yea and Amen” in him.
And as long as Jesus Christ lives, they are also, “Yea and Amen” in this
sense,—that he is seeing to their being carried out. He is interceding
before the throne for us that the promises of God may meet our distresses.
O brethren, all the promises must be true in Christ, because God spared
not his own Son, but freely delivered him up for us al1; and, having given
him, will he not, with him, also freely give us all things? If God had
meant, to run back from any promise, he would surely have run back from
the promise to give his only-begotten Son; but, having fulfilled that,
what promise is there that he will ever breaks. Moreover in the gift of
Christ, he has virtually and really given us all things; for if Christ is
yours, all things are yours. All things are in Christ; so, having him, you
possess all. There is no desire of your spirit, or need of your nature,
that shall remain unsatisfied when once you have Christ as yours. You have
heaven, and earth, and all things that are or ever shall be, encompassed
in that blessed One whose very name is “the Amen, the faithful and true
Witness.” O beloved, rejoice with all your heart that every promise of God
is sure in Christ Jesus to all his true seed! (Read the full sermon -
All the Promises)
All the promises of God are fulfilled in Christ; that is, all God’s
promises and unconditional covenants are guaranteed and affirmed by the
person and work of Jesus Christ.
J.: The MacArthur Study Bible Nashville: Word
All of God’s
salvation promises—of blessing, peace, joy, goodness, fellowship,
forgiveness, strength, and hope of eternal life—are yes, meaning they all
come true, in Christ. They are all made possible by His person and work.
All God’s OT and NT promises of peace, joy, love, goodness, forgiveness,
salvation, sanctification, fellowship, hope, glorification, and heaven are
made possible and fulfilled in Jesus Christ (cf. Luke 24:44). Amen. The
Hebrew word of affirmation (cf. Mt 5:18; Jn 3:3; Ro 1:25). Paul reminded
them that they had said a collective “yes” to the truth of his preaching
and teaching....Amen is a solemn affirmation of the truthfulness of a
Silas, and Timothy preached the gospel, it was all about Christ, who by
His glorious work brings to pass all salvation realities. The Corinthians
probably even had joined in saying Amen to the glory of God. The
congregation had affirmed that the preachers reliably spoke God’s truth
about Christ when they believed the gospel message Paul and his companions
preached, and it transformed their lives. How utterly absurd, Paul argued,
to accept and experience the gospel message as reliable, but consider
those who preached it unreliable. How ridiculous to trust Paul’s word
about eternal things, but not about mundane things like travel plans.
J: 2Corinthians. Chicago: Moody Press
The sense in 2Co 1:20 is the same, for God’s Yes in Christ is the firm
foundation for the Amen of the community.
W E: Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
In giving this answer in His person and life, Christ puts the emphatic
confirmation upon God’s promises, even as in the congregation the people
say, Amen, verily. In Him is in His person: through
Him, by His agency. By us. Through our ministration. Christ, in and
through whom are the yea and the amen, is so proclaimed by us as to beget
assurance of God’s promises, and so to glorify Him.
Galatians 1:5 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
Galatians 6:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,
Ephesians 3:21-note to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to
all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:20-note Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever.
1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in
unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and
eternal dominion! Amen.
2 Timothy 4:18-note The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will
bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and
Hebrews 13:21-note equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us
that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the
glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Blood of the Covenant
The God of Peace and Our
1 Peter 4:11-note Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the
utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the
strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and
1 Peter 5:11-note To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18-note but
command to never stop growing) in the grace and knowledge (don't reverse
it - knowledge without grace puffs up - 1Co 8:1KJV) of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.
A Psalm for the New Year
Growth in Grace
Spurgeon's devotionals on 2Peter 3:18:
Morning Devotional for Jan 4 on 2Peter
Morning of Feb 15 Morning and Evening
Jude 1:25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be
glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and
Revelation 1:6-note and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and
Father-- to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:7-note BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even
those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over
Him. So it is to be. Amen.
Note: Greek “Yes, Amen.” The expression “This will certainly come to
pass” is an attempt to capture the force of the juxtaposition of the Greek
nai (an adverb used to strengthen an affirmation = yea, yes,
certainly, assuredly - cp Mt 5:37, Ac 5:8) and the Hebrew amēn.
(Ed: Using this "combined ending", it is almost as if even with the
Greek and Hebrew words that convey strong affirmation, he is saying "every
eye will see Him", both Gentiles and Jews.)
He Comes with Clouds
Revelation 3:14-note "To
the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful
and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
The term (Amen) applied to the Lord signifies that He Himself is
the fulfilment of all that God has spoken to the churches.
Mallin writes a devotional on the "Amen"...
You are the
Beginning and the End,
You are the Amen.
Thank You that whatever my need is—that You are the Amen.
I have a need—God is the Amen.
I have a hurt—God is the Amen.
I have an illness—God is the Amen.
I lack—God is the Amen.
I need no other answer—Your Word is the best one yet!
You said it, I believe it. That settles it. Amen.
Like Your name, O God, Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; Your
right hand is filled with righteousness. Psalm 48:10 (Intimate Moments
with the Hebrew Names of God)
Rev 3:14 - The Amen
And the four living creatures kept saying, "Amen." And the elders
fell down and worshiped.
Revelation 7:12-note saying, "Amen,
blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and
might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Note amen rightly sits like a pair bookends for this great passage.
Revelation 19:4-note And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures
fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "Amen.
Revelation 22:20-note He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming
quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
John says Jesus is returning and when it happens it will be quickly. Then
he says "amen" or Let it be so! John has just portrayed the eternal
triumph of the eternal God over temporal evil and the soon to be crushed
Evil one. And in light of the truth that the our Lord is returning in
triumph soon, our heart response should be "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."
Is that where your heart is
at today beloved? Remember that where your treasure is, there is your
heart (Mt 6:21). May the Spirit so work in all of our hearts that all
worldly distractions are removed (Mt 6:24, 1Jn 2:15) and we can
consistently, expectantly fix our eyes on Jesus (He 12:1) and the things
above (Col 3:1, Col 3:2), that our short time here might be radically
Godward (1Pe 1:17) for the sake of His glory and kingdom in Christ, the
soon Coming One. Amen.
22:21-note The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
Not all translations have "amen" as explained below. Amen is found
in the ASV, BBE (So be it), ESV, KJV, HCSB, NIV, NJB, NKJV, NRSV, YLT.
Note: Most mss (א M) read “amen” (amēn) after “all” (pantōn).
It is, however, not found in other important mss (A 1006 1841 pc). It is
easier to account for its addition than its omission from the text if
original. Such a conclusion is routinely added by scribes to NT books
because a few of these books originally had such an ending (cf. Ro16:27;
Gal 6:18; Jude 25). A majority of Greek witnesses have the concluding
amen in every NT book except Acts, James, and 3 John (and even in
these books, amen is found in some witnesses). It is thus a
predictable variant. (Ed: Or truly inspired!)