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The Wonderful Names of Jesus
by Richard W. LaFountain

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Amen (am-ane)

"These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" -- Revelation 3:14

The word "Amen" is not unfamiliar to us even in a post Christian world. Amen is what we say at the end of a prayer. For most of us it means the end, the finish of a prayer or a worship service. For others it is a word of agreement to something that has been spoken. The preacher makes a good stirring point and people used to say a hardy "Amen!" Today they may just nod their heads or mumble a "right on."

This Hebrew word means "firm", and hence also faithful Rev 3:14 In Isaiah 65:16 the Authorized Version has "the God of truth, "which in Hebrew is "the God of Amen." It is frequently used by our Savior to give emphasis to his words, where it is translated "verily." Sometimes, only, however, in John's Gospel, it is repeated, "Verily, verily."

Strong's Concordance explains it this way:
The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the 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" (amam), or faithful. Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly", an expression of absolute trust and confidence. (HMM)

It was used at the end - so it is, so be it, "may it be fulfilled." It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed, had offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own.

But "Amen" is not supposed to be the last word, but the only reliable word, the absolute word. It means or represents an "absolute certainty." Today people often say "absolutely" in agreement with something they are talking about. They mean yes, and unequivocal "YES."

Jesus is our absolute certainty. There is no variableness in him, no shadow of turning. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is the absolute truth. He is the faithful and true witness. It is used as a title of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Apostle John in Revelation 3:14.

"These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God." (Rev. 3:14)

"For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Look into the Book:

  • Take the time to use our exhaustive concordance of the word Amen in Scripture.
  • When are "Amens" spoken? Why are they spoken? Who speaks them?

Questions for Discussion:

  • Is it necessary or useful for Christians to say a loud, "Amen" in church services?
  • When is the most appropriate place to say a loud "Amen"?
  • When is the last time you burst forth with an unprompted "Amen!" when Jesus is exalted?

Hymn: Old Spiritual "Amen"
Jazz Mass Recessional Hymn - "Amen, Amen"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDY1mtwhQXIM Listen to this: JESUS IS LORD: Is Anybody Glad for JESUS?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RENObUL_0bI

El Shaddai


Quotes:
"I think he would say that God is calling us out of our of emotional isolation and invisible, inaudible, unshared responsiveness. I think he would say, it's God's will that we echo the excellence of God in preaching and prayer - that we express our affirmation of the truth of God in the Word, and that we resonate verbally with Godward longings and yearnings in prayer." -- John Piper

As you come to the end of every prayer there are two AMEN's, two YES's. When you say, "In Jesus' name," that is God's AMEN. All his promises are YES and AMEN in Jesus: Jesus Christ is God's YES and AMEN at the end of your prayer. Then when you say, "AMEN," this is your YES and AMEN back to God for his. AMEN is our YES to God for his YES to us in Jesus Christ." -- John Piper


Can I get an "AMEN" tonight?
(Preachers: Don't you hate it when you have to beg for God's people to give him glory?)

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
-- Philippians 2:9-11


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