"For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of
God by us" (II Corinthians 1:20).
The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly
from the Hebrew into the Koine 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 related--in fact, almost
identical--to the Hebrew word for "believe" (aman), or "faithful."
Thus, it 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"--"so it will be!"
In the New Testament, it is often translated "verily" or "truly." When
we pray according to His Word and His will, we know God will answer, so we close with an
"amen," 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: "These things
saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God"
(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
"Amen." As our 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.
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!