â€œFor all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.â€ (2 Corinthians 1:20)
The word â€œamenâ€ is a most remarkable word. It is transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best-known word in human speech.
The word is directly relatedâ€”in fact, almost identicalâ€”to the Hebrew word for â€œbelieveâ€ (aman), or â€œfaithful.â€ Thus, it came to mean â€œsureâ€ or â€œtruly,â€ an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When one believes God, he indicates his faith by an â€œamen.â€ When God makes a promise, the believerâ€™s response is â€œamenâ€â€”â€œso it will be!â€ In the New Testament it is often translated â€œverilyâ€ or â€œtruly.â€ When we pray according to His Word and His will, we know God will answer, so we close with an â€œamen,â€ and so also do we conclude a great hymn or anthem of praise and faith.
The word is even a title of Christ Himself. The last of His letters to the seven churches begins with a remarkable salutation by the glorified Lord: â€œThese things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of Godâ€ (Revelation 3:14). 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 â€œAmen.â€
As our text reminds us, every promise of God in Christ is â€œyea and amen,â€ as strong an affirmation of truth as can be expressed in the Greek language.
It is, therefore, profoundly meaningful that the entire Bible closes with an â€œamen.â€ â€œThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amenâ€ (Revelation 22:21), assuring everyone who reads these words that the whole Book is absolutely true and trustworthy. Amen! HMM