NASB 2 Corinthians 1:18-20 “But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. 19 For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. 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 through us.”
This word “Amen” appearing in Greek, is derived from the Hebrew word Aman which means truly, true, reliable, faithful; it also means indeed and sure. Rev. Abraham Park also said in his sermon, “Amen” is an important term used in Christian worship, and it is a code that represents a fundamental Christian life. A life where the Word of God is fulfilled.
1. The Significance of “Amen”
(1) Amen is truth. Amen means true.
Amen signifies the truth in the Bible. God’s essence is Amen. He’s the Truth because Hebrews 6:18 says God cannot lie. Jesus says “Amen Amen”, double Amen 25 different times in the New Testament. This means, what Jesus is saying is testified by God the Father. Jesus is also speaking the absolute truth. Jesus is the Amen. He is the truth Himself.
(2) Amen is the response of the believer to the truth.
When the Word of God is being spoken, people express their hearts of sincerity with “Amen!”; meaning “I believe in the Word that is proclaimed is the Word of God, and I believe this Word will be fulfilled, without any doubt.” (1 Chronicles 16:36). Luke 1:38 Mary says, “Behold, (I am) the bond-slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” This is a true life of amen.
Through the response of Amen, may we experience the amazing work of God in our life and become vessels that God uses to do His work. God will not throw away those vessels.
2. The “Amen” in our life
It means having Christ in our life; the Word in our life.
(1) Amen should be our response to the Word.
If we are true believers of God, our response to the Word of God should be Amen. When God said let there be light, there was light. That is Amen. The Word of God always has power. When we respond to the Word with true Amen, that Word brings out the power and the work of God in our lives. Amen has the power to overcome obstacles (Jeremiah 11:5).
We are in the process of being made into people who will respond by saying Amen through faith. That’s why God gives us tasks, God puts us into position, or even gives us titles. When God tells us to do something, it’s not because God is not able to do it or not able to find somebody more skilful, but it’s so that God can teach us Amen, so that God can bless us, change us, fix us and train us; make us into His heavenly citizens, His children.
(2) Amen is the power of the Word being fulfilled in our lives.
The Word of Redemption will be carried out in our life; and God’s promise of blessing will be fulfilled in our life when we respond with Amen at 100% without human greed. As a result, God will receive glory.
God promised Abraham that He will become a blessing for all nations. God blessed Abraham the blessing of the Seed, Jesus Christ who takes away the sin of all mankind. Abraham responded by saying Amen. But from that point, God carried him through ups and downs, through trials, temptations, hardships, tears and separation, to teach Abraham what it is to live a life of Amen. Finally, when God told him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah, Abraham was able to truly show Him his attitude and faith of amen, by believing in God’s Word.
We pray, ‘Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ in our Lord’s prayer. But in order for that to happen, there needs to be a process of departing out of our spiritual Egypt and Babylon, the process of my values being changed from the worldly values to the heavenly values. Amen means: although I may be weak, may this Word take power and the Will of God be fulfilled in my life.
3. “Amen” is our link to the Father
Amen is the connection to the Father. When we say Amen, we can become part of God’s work. By ourselves, we do not have the ability or willingness to fulfil God’s redemptive purpose on this earth. When we have the heart and faith of Amen, when we truly believe and try to live out that Amen, it is the Word, it is God, and it is the Holy Spirit that comes into our life, that fulfils.
Therefore, our life of Amen needs to be a life that really seeks for the Truth. That kind of life should not have any deception, falsehood and lies which leads to death (John 8:44). Then there will be meaning, and the joy of having hope. There will not be wandering, darkness, emptiness, and despair.
This life on earth is only a preparation stage, a time to invest for the eternal time. There is a spiritual world, the more real world that we must look forward to after this life on earth. Then the life of amen can start to enjoy heavenly blessings even from this earth.
The life of Amen is a way to prepare for the end and for transfiguration. Rev. Abraham Park said in his sermon that we must live a life of Amen before God who is the foundation of the universe and all creation.
What does this mean? The conclusion of our life needs to be Amen. When we go to heaven standing before God, may we be able to summarise all the things we have done into: “I lived a life of Amen.”
At the end of each day and each work, did I follow Jesus? Was it a true Amen? Enoch was able to live that kind of life, day by day and step by step. That’s why he was able to walk with God until he went to heaven without seeing death, may this blessing of Amen be with all of us.