2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)
20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Verse 20 sounds great, but when Paul says no matter how many promises God has made they are "Yes" in Christ, what does he mean exactly? Keep this in mind: there are over 3,000 promises from God to us in the Bible -- promises concerning our well being, our future, His presence, His provision. But so many of these promises are conditional: in other words, they require that we first perfectly obey God's Word before we can experience the benefit of those promises. Take Deuteronomy 11:22-23 for example:
Deuteronomy 11:22-23 (NIV)
22 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow--to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways and to hold fast to him--
23 then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.
So many of God's promises are structured as "if...then": "If we perfectly obey God, then God will bless us." But the problem is this: who among us has perfectly obeyed all of God's commands? None of us, except one: Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ perfectly obeyed all of God's commands on our behalf, then he died on the cross, also on our behalf, to pay for our sins. So now, because of Christ's perfect obedience on our behalf, we get the benefit of every promise God has made in Scripture.
Before God's promises were all "If...then" (If I obey, then God will bless). But now, because of Jesus, there are no more if's, then's, or but's when it comes to God's promises. Instead, now all of God's promises are "Yes" in Christ! And when we place our faith in Jesus and say "Amen" to God's promises, all the benefits of God's promises flow in our lives.
Praise God! It's not because of your performance that you get God's blessing, but because of God's perfect performance and His love for you expressed in Jesus Christ. No matter how many promises God has made, they are all YES in Christ.
So whenever you hear God's promises being spoken, say "Amen" and receive those promises by faith.
By the way, that's why I encourage you to say a loud, faith-filled "Amen" often when you are praying with your brothers and sisters in Christ. By saying "Amen" to your brother or sister's prayer:
...their prayer and the blessing that flows from it become yours too
...you support and encourage your brother or sister as they pray, strengthening each other's faith
...God will use the unity among you to unleash heaven's blessings on earth.
...God is glorified when His people are united.
Let's build an atmosphere of faith every time we are together, especially when we pray together, and say "Amen!" to the promises of God, for the glory of God.