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 assured because the Word says God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18). If God were to break His Word, this world would self-destruct. This world is only held together by the power of God’s Word (Hebrews 1:3).
God’s Word is absolutely trustworthy. His promises are true and faithful (Hebrews 10:23). He doesn’t say something in His Word and then means something different. When God makes a promise in His Word, 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 magnified above His name, this gives us great assurance that the Word of God is absolutely true and the promises He has made are guaranteed (Psalms 19:7-13).
We believe in God’s Word. We should never judge God’s integrity and the validity of His Word.
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 didn’t want them to judge the validity of the Gospel he shared.
We honor God when we believe His Word. We honor God when we believe in the truth of His Word and allow its integrity and validity to transform us. Then we can live the truth of His Word, and the faith God has given us makes a difference in our actions and reactions (Romans 12:2-3).
The faith God has given us is the substance of what He has promised. It is evidence of what we haven’t seen (Hebrews 11:1). Without faith, we cannot please God (Hebrews 1:6). With faith, we please God and envision His promises fulfilled. We believe He is trustworthy so we believe what He promises is trustworthy.
Praise you, Lord, for your Word and for your promises! They are yes and amen, and they are ours. Open our spiritual eyes and ears and understanding. Holy Spirit, teach us to believe and take ownership of who we are in your grace. We trust in your promises. We trust in your Word.
It is through the knowledge of your Word, that we learn everything that pertains to life and godliness. It is through the knowledge of you, Lord, that we believe your exceedingly great and precious promises. Through these promises, we may be partakers in your righteousness—having escaped the corruption for which this world lusts (2 Peter 1:2-4).
Your promises in God are “yes and amen.”
© 2023 Lynn Lacher