A. Amen is a word used hundreds of times in the Bible.
B. In some ways, amen is also a word that has fallen into disuse.
C. Consider three ways amen is used in the Scriptures.
I. Amen is used in the Bible when making assertions.
A. Amen means “truly, certainly, or so be it” and often emphasizes an important statement, giving it the stamp of divine authority (Mt. 6:2, 5, 16; 18:1-3;
Jn. 5:24, 25).
B. Sometimes, John uses the double amen in a corrective way (Jn. 6:26, 32;
Jn. 3:3, 5).
C. Amen is often used in praise of the Father and His Son (Rm. 11:36; 1 Tim. 6:16; Jude 25).
II. Amen is used in the Bible when offering consent.
A. Consent is offering permission for something to happen.
B. Illustration: substitute amen for I do in a wedding ceremony.
C. Examples (Neh. 5:7, 12-13; Dt. 27:15-26)
III. Amen is used in the Bible when making petitions.
A. Amen is frequently used at the end of prayers (Mt. 6:13b).
1. Public prayers should be heard and understood (1 Cor. 14:33, 26, 16).
2. The amens following prayer in the Roman church sounded like claps of thunder.
A. Amens are used in the Bible for making powerful assertions; consenting to the promises and requirements of God’s covenant; and for expressing agreement with the sentiments of a prayer.
B. Jesus identifies Himself as “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness…”
1. He is the truth (Jn. 14:6; 17:17; 1:1, 17).
2. Truth is in Jesus (Eph. 4:21; Jn. 1:17, 18; Heb. 1:3; Jn. 14:9).
3. As God, His word is powerful (Jn. 1:1; Ps. 119:89; Jn. 12:48).
4. He is “the Amen” – “the faithful and true Witness” to every promise made by the Father (Eph. 1:10; Rm. 5:8; Jn. 3:16; 2 Cor. 1:20).
C. What will you do with Jesus?