And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness…
The word "Amen" is much more full of meaning than may be supposed, and as a title of our Lord Jesus Christ it is eminently suggestive. I might have divided my discourse very fairly under these three heads — asserting, consenting, petitioning. For in each of these our adorable Lord Jesus Christ is certainly "the Amen." He asserts the will of God — He asserts God Himself. God the Son is constantly called the Word; He who asserts, declares, and testifies God. In the second place, we know that Jesus Christ consents to the will, design, and purpose of Jehovah. He gives an Amen to the will of God — is, in fact, the echo, in His life and in His death, of the eternal purposes of the Most High. And, thirdly, He is "the Amen" in the petitionary sense, for to all our prayers He gives whatever force and power they have. But we have preferred to divide the discourse another way.
I. OUR LORD IS SUPERLATIVELY GOD'S AMEN.
1. Long ere you and I had a being, before this great world started out of nothingness, God had made every purpose of His eternal counsel to stand fast and firm by the gift of His dear Son to us. He was then God's Amen to His eternal purpose.
2. When our Lord actually came upon the earth, He was then God's Amen to the long line of prophecies. That babe among the horned oxen, that carpenter's son, was God's declaration that prophesy was the voice of heaven.
3. Christ was God's Amen to all the Levitical types. Especially when up to the Cross as to the altar He went as a victim and was laid thereon, then it was that God solemnly put an Amen into what otherwise was but typical and shadowy.
4. Christ is God's Amen to the majesty of His law. He has not sinned Himself, but He has the sins of all His people imputed to Him. He has never broken the law, but all our breaches thereof were laid on Him. The law says He is accursed, for He has sin upon Him: will the Father consent that His own Beloved shall be made a curse for us? Hearken and hear the Lord's Amen. "Awake, O sword, against the man that is My fellow, saith the Lord." What, does God the Father say Amen? Can it be? It is even so. He says, Amen. And what an awful Amen too, when the sweat of blood started from every pore of His immaculate body.
5. Jesus Christ is very blessedly God's Amen to all His covenant promises, for is it not written that "all the promises of God in Him are yea and in Him Amen."
6. Jesus Christ will be God's Amen at the conclusion of this dispensation in the fulness of time.
II. HE IS OUR AMEN IN HIMSELF.
1. He proved Himself to be Amen; the God of truth, sincerity, and faithfulness in His fulfilment of covenant engagements. "Lo I come! In the volume of the book it is written of Me: I delight to do Thy will, O God." From all eternity He declared Himself to be ready to go through the work, and when the time came He was straightened till the work was done.
2. He was also "the Amen" in all His teachings. We have already remarked that He constantly commenced with "Verily, verily I say unto you." Christ as teacher does not appeal to tradition, or even to reasoning, but gives Himself as His authority.
3. He is also "the Amen" in all His promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection.
4. Jesus Christ is yea and Amen in all His offices. He was a priest to pardon and cleanse once; He is Amen as priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for His people, and to defend them with His mighty arm; He is an Amen King, the same still. He was a prophet of old to foretell good things to come; His lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still — He is an Amen Prophet.
5. He is Amen with regard to His person. He is still faithful and true, immutably the same. Not less than God! Omnipotent, immutable, eternal, omnipresent still! God over all, blessed for ever. O Jesus, we adore Thee, Thou great Amen. He is the same, too, as to His manhood. Bone of our bone still; in all our afflictions still afflicted.
III. HE IS EXPERIMENTALLY GOD'S AMEN TO EVERY BELIEVING SOUL.
1. He is God's Amen in us. If you want to know God you must know Christ; if you want to be sure of the truth of the Bible you must believe Jesus.
2. Jesus Christ is "the Amen" not only in us, but "the Amen" for us. When you pray, you say Amen. Did you think of Christ? Did you offer your prayer through Him? Did you ask Him to present it before God? If not, there is no Amen to your prayer.
3. I want that Jesus Christ should be God's Amen in all our hearts, as to all the good things of the covenant of grace; I am sure He will be if you receive Him.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;