Scripture Journal #3: 2 Corinthians 1:20-22

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (NIV)

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (ESV)

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. (MSG)

These are one of those wait-that’s-in-the-Bible-? verses for me.

I’ve heard the phrase “the promises of God are yes and amen” a couple of times and I always thought it’s a nice line someone somewhere came up with.

And then I bump into it in the Bible.

Whoa.

The thing about seasons of waiting on the promises of God is that they’ll always be there. There will never be a point at which we’re not waiting on God for the manifestation of something or other.

There’s so much He has to give us that we’re always in this constant state of expectation. For as much as we’ve received, there’s still so much more we’re yet to see.

God is faithful through the ages and generations. His Spirit guarantees all He has promised to be true and bears witness with our spirit that it shall surely come to pass.

I’m bringing to remembrance all the things I’m waiting on God for in this season and holding them tighter with a renewed hope – a hope that is “the joyful expectation of good” (Jenn Johnson).

As I receive the Yes of Jesus, how can I not respond with a steadfast Amen?

 

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