For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!”
And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes and Amen”) ascends to God for His glory.
2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT
Yes and Amen
This is one of the most exciting scriptures. It’s the union of my yes to God’s Yes for His purpose to bring forth His glory. And what this means is His Life. You see, our affirmative God, the Creator of the universe is an explosive YES. His yes is miraculously creative. He said YES to me when I was conceived. YES to my life as I lived. And YES to His life formed in me. And my only reasonable response is Yes and AMEN.
So here is the ease of the Christian life. ALL God’s promises have been fulfilled in the Life of His Son. They are all YES! And through Christ, my YES to His promises ascends to God for His glory. Do you see? Oh, this is amazing!
Examples of Yes and Amen
Christ comes and invites me to live in humility. My pride-life attempts to be humble. Result? Epic FAIL. Now here is the opposite approach. Christ comes and invites me to live in humility. I say YES to His Life, He performs His humility in my life, and I experience His humility. This is utterly amazing!
Christ comes and invites me to live in purity. My lustful life attempts to be pure. Result? Epic FAIL. But on the other hand, if I say YES to Him, and He lives His purity in me and through me. Yet another? Jesus invites me to be a pastor. I say YES to Him being a pastor in me, and am able to experience His shepherding through me. One last example. God asks me to leave a sick relationship, and I say YES. I know I can’t do it myself but He can. Christ then works to carry out His Will in that relationship.
The Cost of Yes not No
Again, does this mean I will not suffer loss or pain? Certainly not! Gethsemane agony is real. But what I am promised is His strength to perform. And here is the kicker: what Christ performs is eternal. So do you see why my YES is so crucial? My yes is the bringing of heaven to earth, and it relates to everything.
“The divine ‘yes’ has at last sounded in Him, for in Him is the ‘yes’ that affirms all the promises of God”
2 Corinthians 1:19-20 Moffatt
So on Thursday I proceed from here, I will go into the YES versus NO.