Christ Culminates Everything: The ‘Amen’
The word “Amen” is a word of affirmation. It means “let it be so” or “it is true.” It is used in Numbers 5:22 to denote an affirmation of a curse. In John’s Gospel it is often used for “Truly, Truly,” often to give assurance of some fresh revelation or illumination. Isaiah 65:16 speaks of God as “the God of Truth,” and this is what makes all “Amen”s come to fruition ultimately. Our Lord Jesus is the culmination of this, as 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 says:
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. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is od, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
John applies this as a name of the Lord Jesus Christ in His message to the Laodiceans: “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this” (Revelation 3:14). Obviously, the concept of faithful testimony is related to His role as the Amen. He was explicit and factual in His assessment of Laodicea. But what are some further implications of His name?
Firstly, it tells us that He embodies all of God’s promises. They are all fulfilled one way or another in Christ. An example of this is God’s promise of resurrection. Israel looked for resurrection as an event. But when Christ came He claimed to be its personification: “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he has died, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25). May we ever learn to view the Person; for when we see Him we see all other good things enveloped in Him.
Secondly, this tells us of Christ’s own faithfulness. Notice what Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:10-13,
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. . . If we deny Him, He also will deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Christ as the Amen is the self-consistent One. He bears truth within Himself, and He cannot violate His nature. He defines reality in Himself; thus He cannot but act in accordance with it. This means His promises are inviolable. It is impossible for God to lie. Thus, if we appreciate Christ as the Amen, we must rest on Him. There is no Rock like our Christ. In the wavering tides of human inconsistency, we are called to link ourselves with Him Who is unchanging. This is the secret to the faithful man: he trusts in a faithful Christ.
Thirdly, it tells us that Christ consummates all divine purposes. He is the great “so be it” of all dispensations, ages, purposes, promises, and all that God plans. “Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him” (1 Corinthians 8:6). Dear believer, think not that you uphold Christ’s purposes; He upholds you. Your obligation is to respond to His worth and His faithfulness. This is how we respond to “the Amen” of our faith.