AMEN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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AMEN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Post by Brenda Pike » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:34 am

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"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen."1

A Daily Encounter subscriber asks a simple but interesting question: "Can you tell me what does the word, 'amen,' mean? Nobody has ever explained it meaningfully to me."

Tony Warren of The Mountain Retreat writes, "Amen is a word used so frequently in the Church that you would think that most Christians would know its meaning. However, many do not. Others tend to use the word frivolously, some even thinking that it simply means, 'the end.' But this word is much more than just the standard thing to say, or the appropriate ending of a prayer.

"Amen is one of the few words of scripture which is written in its original Hebrew form. In fact, it is practically a universal word, having been adopted directly from the Hebrew into Greek, Latin, English, Spanish, and many other languages. Found both in the Old and the New Testaments, it is also translated in different ways, depending upon the context of the passage in which it is found. This Hebrew amen is derived from the root [aman], which means to be firm or solid in the sense of permanency or faithfulness. Thus by implication, it means to be sure or true. So whenever we see this word Amen used in scripture, it is affirming what is truth, or illustrating something said that is of absolute certainty."2

In John 8:51 where Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death," "the word translated 'verily' is that very same Hebrew word [amen], and it means that what is now being said is most assuredly, truth. Christ is saying, 'Truly, truthfully, I say unto you.' He is making a statement of 'absolute' certainty. Christ used the word 'amen' to introduce statements as being sure on a number of occasions."3

Speaking personally, if I use the word "amen" when a preacher or a friend makes a statement that I believe is true, I mean "I agree with you … good point … so let it be."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank for your Word, the final word of which says: 'He [Jesus] who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.' Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)
2. Revelation 22:20-21 (NKJV).

BY: RICHARD (DICK) INNES
DAILY ENCOUNTER
SUBMITTED BY: BRENDA CLARK PIKE
2012

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Re: AMEN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Post by B.J.Morbitzer » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:27 pm

Dear Friend Brenda.,
This write is special to me because I am a catholic born and raised.
And in the end of many of our prayers we all say AMEN!!!
Just like in the bible Brenda, And what you write here also.
Everything in the church in reading or just praying end's with AMEN!!!
In the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit Amen!!! Which we end the holy mass with Amen!!!
I thank you dear friend for sharing this one.
GLYASDI
B.J.

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Post by Brenda Pike » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:46 pm

B.J. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENT. I WASN'T TOTALLY AWARE OF ALL THE MEANING OF AMEN, BUT NOW I KNOW AND FELT IT WAS A WORTHY ARTICLE TO SHARE. GOD BLESS YOU DEAR FRIEND. LOVE BRENDA

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Post by Hope » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:52 pm

Brenda,
This was a really good message and I am so glad you shared it! At our church and in my life I say Amen alot! This truly tells you what it means and I know there are some who don't understand its true meaning.

God Bless You Love Eva

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Post by Brenda Pike » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:50 am

Eva, thank you for your comment. I thought I knew what the word Amen meant but this article explained in depth the true maeaning clearly. God Bless you. Love Brenda

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Post by Linner » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:43 am

VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, BRENDA...YOU BRING SUCH INSPIRATION TO US HERE WITH THESE ARTICLES FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUCH KNOWLEDGE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY YOUR NEW YEAR BE ONE OF PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS...

LOVE ALWAYS, LINDA :wink:
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Post by Brenda Pike » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:19 am

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LINDA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMPLIMENT. I THANK GOD FOR SHOWING ME THE KNOWLEDGE AND I PASS IT ON TO OTHERS, HOPING HIS WORD WILL INSPIRE OTHERS. AND MAKE A BETTER WORLD AND PEOPLE. BLESSING TO YOU ALWAYS. LOVE BRENDA

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