For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,
to the glory of God through us.
—2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
A promise is a vow that someone will do what they say. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul makes a clear statement that God does what He says. Every promise of God is guaranteed because the Word says God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18). If God were to break His promises—if He were to break His Word, this world would destroy itself. It is only kept together by the power of God’s Word (Hebrews 1:3).
God’s Word is absolutely trustworthy. All His promises are true and faithful. He doesn’t say one thing and means something different. If God has promised you something, He is faithful to do it.
David wrote in the Psalms that God magnifies His Word above His own name.
“I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Psalms 138:2, NKJV).
The name of the Lord is all-powerful. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess He is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). If God’s name is the name above all names and His Word is greater than His name, this gives us great assurance that the Word of God is absolutely true and His promises are guaranteed (Psalms 19:7-13).
In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul spoke about the faithfulness of God’s promises because he had told the Corinthians he was coming back to see them, and he hadn’t yet returned. Paul didn’t want them to believe that he didn’t keep his word. If the validity of Paul’s personal word was questionable, then what he had shared with them about Christ would also be questionable. Paul told the Corinthians that his word was as good as the Gospel he had preached to them. Whether we like it not, people judge what we say by our integrity. What we do always speaks louder than what we say. If we lack personal integrity, we lose the respect of others. When we have integrity, we honor God. Our lives worship him.
God, you magnify your Word above your own name. We honor you when we believe in the truth of your Word, and we allow your truth to transform our minds. Your promises are yes and amen! They are guaranteed. You are faithful to live up to all your promises! Lord, help us to live our lives with integrity—faithfully living up to the promises that we make. We want to glorify you in everything we do so that your revelation of grace is received in the lives of others. When we believe in the truth of your Word—when we know who we are in your love, we absolutely believe in the trustworthiness of your promises. We know that we shall receive what you have promised.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher