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In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5.37).
The devil and people who follow him are fast talkers. As the father of lies (John 8.44), the devil does not stand for the truth and neither do people who are influenced by him.
Paul separated himself from the dishonest, fast-talking con-men of his age. He wrote the church, “Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say ‘Yes, yes’ and ‘No, no’ at the same time?
“As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been ‘Yes and No'” (2 Corinthians 1.17-18).
Paul was committed to Jesus and Jesus’ way of speech. His word was his bond, even when the Holy Spirit changed his earlier commitments.
This was the situation. Paul had told the Corinthian church that he would visit them. However, the Holy Spirit directed him to another location for ministry.
Paul’s defense was simple. He always told the truth, because he followed the Savior who always told the truth.
He wrote, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not ‘Yes and No’; but in him it is always ‘Yes.’
“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” (2 Corinthians 1.19-20).
It is extremely important that Paul always told the truth. Otherwise, we would not be able to base our lives on what he wrote.
Even though it is crucial that Paul always spoke the truth, it is even more significant for God’s promises to always be true.
Think about it! Every promise of God to humans is a “Yes” and an “Amen.” We know what “Yes” means, but what about “Amen”?
The dictionary definition of “amen” is: to take care, to be faithful, reliable or established, or to believe someone or something.
Every promise of God is faithful, reliable, believable, and true.
Three Great Promises
Someone has expended the energy to catalog all of the promises in the Bible. They determined that the number of God’s promises is 3573.
Every promise is a “Yes” and an “Amen” from God. Let’s look at three of the most important ones.
(1) Salvation – Without God’s forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation, life would be hopeless. The entire ministry of Jesus was devoted to providing salvation to humans.
God’s love is the foundation of our salvation. John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3.16).
(2) Answered Prayer – Jesus gave many prayer promises to his followers. In John 14-16 there are seven prayer promises.
Jesus promised us, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15.5).
If we abide in Jesus and if we are aligned with his words, we can count on a “Yes” to the prayers we pray.
(3) The Gift of the Holy Spirit – The Old Testament promised that God’s Spirit would be available for all humans.
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2.28)
Jesus promised the availability of the Spirit for his followers.
He said, “I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16.7).
Truly, these three promises are “Yes” and “Amen” for people. We can trust our lives in these facts of God.
Sealed with the Spirit
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives makes us aware of the reality of God’s promises.
Paul wrote about this, “But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us,
“By putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment” (2 Corinthians 1.21-22).
The “anointing” refers to the presence of the Holy Spirit. The presence of God’s Spirit in our lives functions like God’s seal.
A notary public has a stamp or a seal that authenticates legal document. In earlier days, a seal was pressed into molten wax on a document.
The reality of God’s Spirit in our life serves as God’s authenticating agent. His presence declares to us, “All of God’s promises to you are “Yes” and “Amen.”
You can trust God’s work, both now and forever.
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