Yes, and Amen!
What a fickle world we’re living in, where peoples’ loyalties and affections and interests shift like sand beneath our feet,[i] where yesterday’s good is now considered evil, and where a man’s word in times past was his bond, but today he could very well mean, “Um, yes . . . and no.” Things are so unreliable out there that it’s not wise to expect our next step to land on anything solid.
In spite of all this uncertainty and the changes we encounter in this world’s irregular heartbeats, it’s good to know that at least God is trustworthy and faithful and means what He says. [ii] His Word is His bond.
For all the promises of God in him (Christ) are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God . . . [iii]
For all the promises of God in him are yes. Jesus is the yes to all God’s promises. As far as heaven is concerned, He is the rock-solid, start-to-finish certainty that every aspect of our salvation has been provided for.
Jesus is our how much more surely permit to enter the hallowed halls of heaven. The purification required to stand before a holy God doesn’t just go skin deep. Hebrews 9:14 says that Christ’s sacrifice—offered through His eternal spirit of holiness—penetrates our inner sanctum. It delves into the nitty gritty of what makes us tick, and it purifies our consciences. His cleansing flow extends beyond the Law’s external, “Thou shat not” and empowers us from deep within to obey His, “But I say to you”.[iv] Guilt that once spawned the dead works we did in hopes of gaining God’s acceptance, is replaced with good works outflowing from Christ’s life-giving spirit within us.[v] “Not the mere ability to do them (good works), but the passion to do them.”[vi]
Because of Jesus, our purification isn’t temporary. Unlike the Law’s ceremonial sprinkling of the blood of bulls and goats, the blood of Jesus reaches once and for all into the Holy of Holies of heaven.[vii] Heaven and earth connect. And because He forever lives to make intercession for us, He also is able to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him.[viii]
All that is lacking in God’s fabulous yes plan—is the amen agreement from earth.
. . . and in him Amen unto the glory of God. When our faith here on earth answers with a wholehearted “Amen!” to God’s yes promises in Christ, those promises are within reach. No matter the circumstance. No matter the opposition. Faith says “amen . . . to His reality, amen to His love, and amen to His salvation . . . not just with your mouth but with your heart, your mind, your emotions, your strength, your life”. [ix]
When God’s yes and our amen connect, the world had best look out! Not only are all things possible, but God is being glorified in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.[x]
So, Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith [xi] and add our hearty “Amen!” to God’s yes. And we’ll just see what glorious things God can bring about through us in this fickle world.
[i] Fickle definition-www.macmillandictionary.com [ii] 2 Corinthians 1:18 AMP [iii] 2 Corinthians 1:20 [iv] Matthew 5:22,28,32,34,39,44 [v] 1 Corinthians 15:45 [vi] Titus 2:14; Ephesians 2:10; Quote-unknown author [vii] Hebrews 9:12 AMP [viii] Hebrews 7:25 [ix] The Book of Mysteries; Jonathan Cahn; Day 26 [x] Ephesians 3:21 [xi] Hebrews 10:22