Why we say “Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20)

“Everyone of God’s promises

In Jesus

Is a “Yes”.

That is why

We say “Amen”

Through him,

To the glory of God.”

ὅσαι γὰρ ἐπαγγελίαι Θεοῦ, ἐν αὐτῷ τὸ Ναί· διὸ καὶ δι’ αὐτοῦ τὸ Ἀμὴν τῷ Θεῷ πρὸς δόξαν δι’ ἡμῶν.

Paul said everyone of God’s promises (ὅσαι γὰρ ἐπαγγελίαι Θεοῦ) in Jesus (ἐν αὐτῷ) is a “Yes (τὸ Ναί)”.  That is why we say (δι’ ἡμῶν) “Amen (τὸ Ἀμὴν)” through him (δι’ αὐτοῦ), to the glory of God (τῷ Θεῷ πρὸς δόξαν).  Paul was insistent that everyone of God’s promises was a “yes” in Jesus’ name.  Thus, the common Christian worship liturgical prayer usually ends with Jesus Christ, our Lord before the “Amen”.  Through Christ, we give glory to God.  The “Amen” was a carryover from the Jewish Hebrew prayer life that meant “so be it” or “truly so”.  This “amen” is the affirmation of the statement or prayer just uttered.  Today, it is generally an assembly response to a statement or prayer of the presider of the Christian worship service.  Do you like to say “amen”?

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