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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

promises kept

2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.   

This verse has always seemed mysterious to me.  It was one of those that I loved and, at the same time, knew it meant more than my current understanding.  Saying "yes" to promises?  Great!  Glory?  Yes, please.  But what else?--I knew there was more...

There are many places in Scripture like this that I've read and prayed, Lord, what does this mean?  And then waited until He gave the understanding.  When God does shine a light on a truth, the understanding is so sweet and life-altering. 

Let's start with a few questions as we look closer. 

2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.   

Who makes the promises? 
          ...for no matter how many promise God has made

          God Himself has given us very great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4) 

Who fulfills these promises? 
          ...they are Yes in Christ

          He has accomplished these promises in Christ, or put another way, His life, death, and resurrection has accomplished and fulfilled what was promised; promises are kept and fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  While God will fulfill every single promise He has made, it is only IN CHRIST that He fulfills the personal declarations.
What’s our role in the promise process?    

           ...and so through Him the Amen is spoken by us

         We simply say amenAmen is one of the most universal words in human language and it literally means, “truly, so be it, yes, I agree.”  When we say Amen, we are saying, Yes, Lord.  May it be so according to Your will.                   
Who gets the glory? 

          ...the Amen is spoken by us to the glory of God

        God is glorified when His people desire His will above their own.  Believing His word, trusting His way and living in agreement with Him brings Him glory and 
brings us peace.

Here’s an example:  In Deuteronomy 31:6 God says to His children:  I will never leave you, nor forsake you.  God has made this promise to us; He will never leave us.  

He has accomplished this through His Son--through Jesus Christ we have been brought into His family, into His presence, and we have received His Holy Spirit.  Remember what His very name means?  Immanuel, which means God with us (Matthew 1:23).  Jesus has accomplished this promise and now we dwell in Christ and His Spirit dwells in us until we are physically in His presence forever. 
And we say, Amen  
Mary said something similar in Luke 1:38 when her response to Gabriel’s announcement about Jesus was, I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.  

By saying Amen, we are agreeing with His promises and purposes, asking for them to be done in our lives, and we are proclaiming to the world that Yes, God is faithful and can be trusted.  ...the amen is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Jesus accomplishes the promises that God has made and our role and response is, 

Yes, Lord, whatever You want, whatever Your will, may it be to me as you have promised.  

We ask God, we agree with God, we give God control and He is glorified through our lives.  How would praying these simple words change every day of our life?   

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