In his second letter to the Corinthians and in its first chapter, we find a series of seemingly disjointed statements. Paul begins by blessing God for consoling him, thanking God for delivering him from the affliction experienced in Asia, and then he begins to talk to them about his delay regarding travel. It is during this last disclosure that Paul pens an inalienable truth. He writes, “For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen’ to the glory of God’ (1.20, NRSV). For the average reader, the words may be unexpected and for the scholar, out of place but in times like these, they are warmly welcomed and ushered inside our hearts, away from the cold and harsh wind of this world.
“For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen’ to the glory of God’ (1.20, NRSV). Paul says that in Jesus all of God’s promises are kept and it is because of Jesus that we can say, “Amen,” which also means “so be it.” Because of Jesus, we have confidence in that which we believe. Because of Jesus, we have certainty of the hope that resides within us. Because of Jesus, we have a blessed assurance that whatever God has promised will be provided and whatever we ask for will be given. Could this be why Jesus says, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 13 If in my name you ask for anything, I will do it” (John 14.13-14).
As in so many other instances, Jesus is the subject and the predicate, the adjective and the verb. He is the attribute and the action. He is peaceful and the Prince of it. He is faithful and the source of our faith. He saves us and is our Savior. “In him, every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’” He is the reason why we can say, “Amen” so much so that he becomes it. Jesus becomes synonymous with Amen. His name means “Yes.” His name means “it is so” and “it will be.” This is why his name is above every other. John, in the book of Revelation, refers to him as “the Amen” (3.14).
Jesus, the Amen: He is the faithful and true witness, the assent (also consent) of our prayers, and the fulfillment of the law. Whatever has been promised to us and whatever we have asked for “it is so” and “it will be” because he is the Amen.