He says yes. We say amen.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:20-22 ESV)
ALL the promise of God are YES in Jesus the Messiah! That is impressive!
Our response to the great thing God has done in Christ is a hearty ‘amen’ to his glory. Amen is the word of verity and agreement. It is truly the people’s word and it should be uttered often and always to God’s glory. Consider what God’s ‘yes’ means in these three verses alone.
Can we be established? God says yes. We say amen. To be established is to be founded on something solid and supported by something strong. In vain people try to establish themselves before God. Even the best of our efforts can not come up to the glory of God. See Isaiah 64:6 and Romans 3:23. But God is graciously willing to establish us and he does it through Jesus Christ. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11) Jesus, who is God’s choice foundation stone (Isaiah 28:16) laid by God himself, said, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37) Can we? Yes. Amen!
Can we be anointed? God says yes. We say amen. Established in Christ, we still need help from day to day to faithfully follow him. The way is difficult and sometimes perilous. It is no good watering down what Jesus said. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” “A servant is not greater than his master.” “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.” Each quote is from a troublesome paragraph in John 15:18-25. But the very next paragraph begins “But when the Helper comes.” That helper is the Holy Spirit. He is the anointing that Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians. God does not establish us then leave us alone. He is with us. We need help. We need anointing. Can we be? Yes. Amen.
Can we be authenticated? God says yes. He has sealed us. We say amen. The seal confirmed the integrity and authenticity of whatever it sealed. The medicine from the drug store is sealed. That is verification that what the label says on the outside matches the contents on the inside. Christians have a spiritual enemy and one of his most effective weapons is accusation. He finds some weakness in us, exploits it to the fullest, and then accuses us, not only before God, but to our own conscience. This seal of God is a spiritual seal. So it must be spiritually discerned. It is there first to confound our enemy. If God puts his seal on us what can the enemy say? But it is also there for us to discern. We discern spiritual realities by listening to the Holy Spirit. He is the author of Scripture. Scripture is what he speaks. So we read these verses and know that as we have faith in Christ we are sealed. Authenticated? Yes. Amen.
Can we be assured? God says yes. We say amen. The presence of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is called a guarantee or down payment. Do you have unfinished projects? I do and I am convinced that some of them may never be finished. But God is the great finisher. Philippians 1:6 says “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God finishes what he starts. His presence now is assurance of His presence always and forever. I stumble. God doesn’t. I grow weary. God never does. I sometimes break a promise. He keeps all of his. Can I be assured? Guaranteed! Amen!
What a wonderful Savior he is!