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What Does Amen Mean?
I imagine everyone has heard the word “AMEN” ... but not everyone knows what that word means or how it should be used. This word is misused allot and can get rather annoying when it is said too often especially with a question mark after it. I find it is often used when it shouldn’t be ... almost like it is being used as a word which imparts some special blessing or holy ascent. I have heard some preachers at the many churches I visited in my quest for Truth use this word as one would generously use a salt shaker. For some reason I did not have a good feeling in my spirit about it, but I never understood why I felt that way until I recently did a study on the biblical word "Amen".
I found out from my study that when someone says Amen, they are either affirming from their heart that they believe that what God said is perfect, absolutely true, and faithful; or making an affirmation in agreement to what is being read or preached as the gospel truth to which they are dedicated; or affirming the certainty that their prayers and petitions, when asked in accordance to God's will being done, are pleasing to God and will be heard by Him. So when you say Amen, it really should be considered a solemn oath of agreement before God, which should never be uttered lightly. Unfortunately I have heard pastors frivolously misuse this word thinking that the frequent use of this word gives what they are saying holy ascent.
If a pastor says “Amen” at the end of every sentence in his sermon often as a question ... it is almost like he is looking for affirmation from the congregation. If he is so uncertain of his message, whether it is from God or not ... should he even preach it? If you hear a message that speaks to your heart and you say “Amen” that is okay ... you are affirming before God and the congregation and the one giving the message that for you this is true ... so in this case it is appropriate to say “AMEN” ... or after a corporate prayer which you are in agreement with. This word should be used reverently since it is one of the names given to God ... and as you are aware the Lord’s name is never to be taken in vain. (See Revelation 3:14b These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” Also see Isaiah 65:16 "That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes." Both these words that are translated “truth” are the Hebrew word amen. Thus, he is declaring this by the God of Amen, the Jehovah God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). In this context this word is expressing God's faithfulness. That He alone is the Amen, the God of Truth.)
Now that I know this ... I now understand why I felt so uneasy in my spirit whenever I heard a pastor say “Amen” so irreverently. How would it sound if instead of “Amen?” he said “Jesus” or “Lord” or “God” in this manner? All these words are interchangeable ... for Jesus is the Lord our God, the Amen, the God of Truth. So in future whenever you say the word "Amen" ... say it with the same reverence as you do when you call upon the name of our blessed Lord Jesus. To Him be all glory and honor for ever and ever. Amen.
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