Anyone who has attended a church service has heard someone utter the word “amen.” Perhaps it was spoken reverently at the end of a heartfelt prayer. In some contexts, it may have been shouted boisterously by someone who agreed with a major point of the message. What, then, does it mean to call Jesus the “Amen”?
The verse above is in a section of Revelation where the seven churches are being addressed, and the church of the moment is the church in Laodicea. It was located at the junction of the Lycus and Maeander valleys at the convergence of three important roads. It was one of the richest commercial centers in the world, noted for its banking and manufacture of clothing from local black wool.
The church in Laodicea was established by the preaching of Epaphras (Col. 1:7 and 4:12–13). But its spiritual condition had deteriorated to such an extent that it received the severest condemnation of the seven mentioned in Revelation. They are indicted for being “lukewarm” (verse 16), a spiritual condition which had resulted from their great material wealth.
In contrast to the unfaithful people of Laodicea, Jesus is said to be “the Amen, the faithful and true witness.” Amen is a Hebrew word whose root meaning contains the idea of strength, firmness, and integrity. The idea is that God is faithful, reliable, and trustworthy. He can be trusted to keep his covenant.
Isaiah 65:16 speaks of God in the same manner: “Whoever is blessed in the land will be blessed by the God of truth.” The word “Amen” as applied to Christ guarantees the truthfulness of his words, which is further defined by his title as the “faithful and true Witness.”
The word “amen” reminds us that Jesus is God’s “yes” to all of his promises. How would it change your attitude today knowing that Christ, through his life and character, is your assurance that all of God’s promises are true?
Hemphill, K. (2008). God is. Nashville: B&H.