2nd Corinthians 1:20 – “For no matter how many promises God had made, they are “yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
Promise – guarantee, pledge, assurance, contract, oath
Through – Because of, by way of, be means of
Yes and Amen
Scripture is filled with promises from God. Too often we think that He is resistant to us and hesitant to answer us, but many of the things we ask for He has already promised. Provision and blessing and healing are all promised to us in His Word – and will He promise and not fulfill (Numbers 23:19)? The very first promise God made was just after the fall when God said to the serpent, “(one of her descendants) will crush your head and you will bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)”. In saying this, God declared for us victory over the enemy which we now have in Christ. For Jesus is the one, born of a virgin, who was bruised by the enemy yet He has crushed his head and triumphed over him (Colossians 2:15). So anyone who is in Christ has victory over the devil, the world, and the sin-nature through Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). In Jesus were fulfilled God’s many promises of victory, forgiveness, redemption, restoration, salvation, and the new creation. He is the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham “through you I will bless all nations. (Genesis 12:3)”. For Jesus was born to Israel as a descendant of Abraham.
We say “amen” to God’s promise of victory when we receive salvation and forgiveness through the cross of Christ and by receiving the promised Holy Spirit who enables us to walk in victory and daily conformity to Christ. All other promises are “yes” in Christ as He gives us His righteousness – which is right relationship with God and right standing in regard to the law, for Jesus was perfect and fulfilled all the law. So through Christ we now can live under an open heaven because He has removed our sins and enabled us to obey the Father. To God’s many promises we say “amen” through the empowering of the Holy Spirit who enables us to meet any necessary conditions attached to any promise, for through the Holy Spirit we are able to do everything commanded of us in God’s Word (Romans 3:31) and so receive all the gifts and blessings which God longs to give to His people.
Point to Ponder
Are you experiencing the blessings of God? If not, have you said, “amen” to His first and most important promise – the gift of salvation, redemption, and victory? Next, are you walking in the power of the Holy Spirit and therefore living in conformity to God’s Word? Remember; you will not receive God’s conditional promises if you don’t meet the conditions. God wants to bless you in every way, for it is to His glory that He has enabled you to receive His blessings though Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
Let’s pray, “Father, we thank You for Your Word and all the promises You have given to us through Your Word. Thank You for the promise and provision of salvation, redemption, and eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for provision, help, and healing. Father, right now we want to say, “amen” and receive the fulfillment of Your promises to us. We receive the atoning work of Jesus on our behalf and believe that He died and rose again to pay for our sins and to free us from the law of sin and death. We receive Your promised Holy Spirit through whom we are now empowered to live in a way that pleases You. We purpose this day to walk in the fullness of Your grace, submitted to You and seeking after You. Help us to live with open hands and open hearts to receive and give all that You would give to and through us. In the name of Jesus - through whom every promise is “yes” and by whom we say “amen” to Your glory - we pray. Amen.”