both dealing with the word "Amen." The authors are the Apostle Paul and John
2 CORINTHIANS 1:20 (RSV)
All the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why we utter the Amen
through Him, to the glory of God.
-- Paul the Apostle
"AMEN" IS OUR YES TO FUTURE GRACE
"Amen" is a full and precious word in times of prayer. It doesn't mean
primarily, "Yes, I have now said all this prayer." It means primarily, "Yes,
God has made all these promises. Amen means, "Yes, Lord, you can do it." It
means, "Yes, Lord, you are powerful. Yes, Lord, you are wise. Yes, Lord, you
are merciful. Yes, Lord, all future grace comes from you and has been
confirmed in Christ." "Amen" is an exclamation point of hope after a prayer
IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN [I had to read this part several times.]
When we come to the end of our prayers and say the simple words, "In Jesus'
name, Amen," we are really saying two Amen's. When we say, "In Jesus' name,"
that is God's Amen to us. All his promises are Amen in Jesus: Jesus Christ is
God's Yes and Amen at the end of our prayers. Then when we say, "Amen," this
is our Yes and Amen back to God for his. Which means that our Amen, and the
prayer it supports, is our Yes to God's Yes to us. It is a commitment from
our hearts that we will now live by faith in the Yes of God's guaranteed
-- John Piper, FUTURE GRACE, Multnomah Books, 1995. John Piper is pastor of
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Do I hear an "Amen"?
Have a great week,