Yahweh, The God of Amen

One of the most interesting tittles of Christ in the New Testament in found in Revelation 3:14. In this text, Christ addresses himself to the church of Laodicea as “The Amen”:

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation” (Revelation 3:14).

The title of Jesus, “the Amen” indicates that he is “the faithful and true” witness of God. In the book of Revelation the words “faithful and true” refer to the word of God (Revelation 21:5) and to the one who bearS witness to the word of God (Revelation 21:6). Because Christ is a true and faithful witness of God, Paul says that in him, all of God’s promises find fulfillment. Paul wrote, “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 1:20).

According to Smith (2016: 80), when Jesus refers to himself as “the Amen,” this statement reflects an important truth which Jesus is trying to communicate to the believers in Laodicea, that is, that he “is to be trusted because of his unique identification and sharing of identity with God.” The biblical background for Jesus calling himself a faithful witness goes back to the notion that God and Israel being the ‘faithful witnesses’ to the new creation in Isaiah 43:10-12. In addition, as God’s “Amen,” Jesus is as reliable as his Father who is the God of “Amen.”

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Are We Too Casual With God?

For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”[1]Hebrews 12:18-21

I once encouraged my church members to consider taking off their shoes when they entered the house of God. Many pointed out what a bad idea this was for many reasons. My point inmaking this request was I think we are losing our sense of awe and respect for God. In losing this we are making God into a kindly old grandfather-type easy to ignore. Albert Einstein said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder, is as good as dead.” And Madeleine L’Engle replied, “I share Einstein’s affirmation that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe ‘is as good as a burnt-out candle.’”

Hebrews 12 ties together the two images of God. The Mount Sinai God and the Mount Zion God.

As P. H. Hacking describes this tale of two images: “What we believe about our future inevitably affects how we react here and now. Hebrew Christians no longer lived in the Old Testament dispensation, centered on Mount Sinai, but in the New Testament era, centered on Mount Zion. This is a kingdom of joy, not of fear, and yet God has not changed and needs to be approached with reverence and awe. So, this chapter will end with the reminder that ‘our God is a consuming fire’ (v. 29).”

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