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Jesus Amen Words
(Revelation 3.14-16)
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""And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation: 'I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither cold nor hot - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.'" (Revelation 3.14-16)

God's Creation

Amen Jesus in HebrewLike the other Revelation letters, this epistle was written to the ancient city of Laodicea, which was originally called "Diospolis" or "the city of Zeus." It was built on the River Lycus in present day Turkey. This letter to Laodicea began with a series of titles for Jesus Christ including the most important title, "The Amen". Being called "The Amen" was an affirmation of Jesus, but is somewhat strange and may go back to one of two origins. In Isaiah 65.16, God was called in the English translation "the one true God" or "the Amen." Isaiah recorded, "Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the one true God; whoever takes an oath in the land will swear by the one true God." In the Hebrew, the Almighty was called the "the God of Amen." When we say "Amen" at the end of a prayer or hymn we are affirming "it is so." or "So be it!" This affirmation showed agreement with the sentiment in the song and also recognized the greatness of God and of the Jesus Amen in that respect.

Authentic Jesus

Jesus Wooden Plaque"Amen" was also often placed at the end of a solemn statement in order to authenticate its truth. If Jesus was "the God of Amen," then his words can be utterly relied upon to be entirely true. This would mean that Jesus Christ was the one whose promises were authentic real, true, accurate and genuine beyond all shadow of a doubt.

Ruler of God's Creation

creation from the Sistine ChapelThese were the words of "the ruler of God's creation," or "the "origin" or "beginning" of God's creation." The connection of the Son of God to the Creation of all things from nothing was frequently made in the New Testament. Saint John's gospel said in John 1.3 of Jesus, "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." Saint Paul said of Jesus in Colossians 1.16, "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." As Christians see it, the God of Creation and the God of Redemption are one and the same and both expressions refer to Jesus.

"Jesus Amen Words"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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