Monday, August 18, 2014
Most Assuredly, Amen
Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Or in the King James Version, most assuredly is stated verily, verily... Words Jesus used to make a point! Meaning: Strong's Concordance: firm, faithful, of a truth (beginning of a statement), amen (at the end of a statement) or so be it. From Webster's: Without a doubt. I also came across this:
The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best known word in human speech. The word is directly related -- in fact, almost identical -- to the Hebrew word for "believe" (amam), or faithful. Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly", an expression of absolute trust and confidence. (HMM)
This is Jesus. Truth, faithful, firm (like the Rock He is), sure. What He says He means. There is no guile in Him. There is no deceitfulness. Just pure truth. Can I hear an Amen?!
The words most assuredly stood out in these verses for me. When we come to Christ we can, without a doubt, be assured of a lot of things. We can be sure what He tells us is truth...that He and the Father are one and if we believe in Jesus, or here in the case of His disciples, since they had seen Him, we/they can know we've believed/seen the Father.
When we come to Christ we are filled with the Holy Spirit. "Verily, verily" is then made clear. Truth begins to become clear, our beliefs begin to change as we begin to change. None of this could happen without Jesus first needing to go to the Father...He needed to die so He could be resurrected, so people would see and believe. And so it is for us. We need to die to be resurrected to eternal life. We need to go to the Father through Jesus, His Son. No other person. No other way.
I did not see Him, nor talk to Him, nor see Him die, but there were witnesses from His time, His disciples and more, who have taken this occurrence to the ends of the world. Christ's death has been spoken of and believed to be true for 2,000 years. I heard the truth one day and believed from someone who had heard the truth and believed, all the way back to 2,000 years ago. Today it is by faith we believe. This faith is even greater because of ...the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) The Word never changes, God remains the same. The truth of Jesus Christ never changes.
We are asked to believe. And when we truly believe God will give us what we need. He first gave His Son, now He gives His Holy Spirit, the power of God, to help in our belief, to understand those things we could not understand before, to be witnesses, to speak the words of truth to unbelievers.
We can ask for anything, according to God's will, and He will give...according to what He knows we need. It's not always what we think or the way we expect. This is part of our faith in Him and part of our faith can come in the waiting. He promises He will always be there in the midst of the wait...most assuredly, verily, verily and amen.
2Corinthians 1:20-22 - For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.