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. The promises of God are 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. This world is only held 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 something in His Word and then means something different. If God has promised you something, He is faithful to do it.
David wrote 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” (Psalm 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 the promises He has made are guaranteed (Psalm 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 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. He stood on the validity of God’s Word. He knew who he was in Christ. He knew the truth of his position in Christ. He knew that greater was God in him than anything that tried to come against the truth of God’s Word. We also have the same position in Christ. We also have the power to make the choice to stand on the validity of God’s Word. But we can’t live the power of the Word until we believe its truth and that God is faithful to keep His Word.
Dear Father, you magnify your Word above your own name. Your promises are yes and amen. They are guaranteed. You are faithful to live up to your Word. Lord, we want 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 know the truth of your Word, we believe everything is new in us. Holy Spirit, challenge us not to live on the edge of your truth. Teach us what your grace has redeemed in us. Reveal yourself to us and in us. When we believe in our hearts we are reborn in your righteousness—when we take ownership of the new identity that you have given us, we believe who you say we are in your Word. When we believe we have right standing with you, we are free to come to you with anything. We begin to see differently. The perspective of what we naturally think becomes your spiritual perspective.
The faith you have given us is the substance of what you have promised. It is evidence of what we haven’t seen. By faith, we envision your promises already fulfilled before we experience them. We believe you are trustworthy so we believe what you promise is trustworthy. We know we shall receive what you promise because we believe you are faithful.
Praise you, Jesus, for your grace! We are no longer in debt! Praise you for your Resurrection life in us! Praise you for your promises. They are yes and amen, and they are ours. Open our spiritual eyes and ears and understanding. Holy Spirit, we want to believe the new person we are and take ownership of what your love purchased for us.
We rest your promises. Your faithfulness is our confidence. Your promises are yes. And they are amen.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher