GodReflection: The Ultimate IN Sider.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
To hear ‘yes’ results in high marks on my “most desired response” meter. Surely that is hardwired in our soul. I suspect ‘yes’ and ‘no’ were on the list of the first half dozen words that came from my baby mouth as I learned to speak. My yes reflects God’s created goodness while my no is often a reflection of Satan’s Garden work.
The New Testament opens with God’s yes and its synonym is Jesus. He is the yes that entered our world to restore all that was loss with Satan’s Garden contamination.
We encounter Jesus’ first communication from the Holy to us in his sermon he shares from a mountain with all who will listen. After his invite to live under nine Holy Blessings he quickly reaches God’s thematic Holy Yes.
You must not pledge by heaven, because it’s God’s throne. You must not pledge by the earth, because it’s God’s footstool. You must not pledge by Jerusalem, because it’s the city of the great king. And you must not pledge by your head, because you can’t turn one hair white or black. Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one (Mathew 5:34-37). When we are in Christ, we need no additional support to back our ‘yes’.
My best guess is that at the time Paul pens our in Christ text for today, likely he had been a believer in that same Christ for about twenty-three or twenty-four years. Listen to what he says: For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 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 (2 Corinthians 1:19-20).
Yes, is God’s word. It is the Holy Yes spoken as the word ‘good’ after each creative accomplishment of Father, Son, and Spirit in the first chapter of our Bible. There are times when we come across the word ‘yes’ in our Bible when it mirrors the word ‘Amen’. God’s ‘Amen’ in Scripture comes direct from the Hebrew. It is not a translation. In Hebrew it always means yes. That is why we end our prayers with an amen. It aligns our’ yes with God’s yes.
In Christ, the holy yes become our yes. As we walk with Jesus, we hear his ‘yes’ spoken again and again as he guides our steps. We grow in confidence as we make decision after decision across our day’s activities. The holy yes gives a sweet fragrance to the air we inhale. Sure, life continues with challenges and heartaches, yet in the middle of our trials the yes of Jesus is present to lead us along the way. His yes is his Holy Amen of approval that we are under the glow of his light.
We develop in our faith to the point we can speak to Jesus our yes in trust “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments” (Revelations 16:7). And anxiously we look toward the yes of Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20). Our reality is this. In Christ indeed is found the first and last yes. Only in Christ is found the first and last yes. It is the only failproof yes we can depend upon to walk this life and to carry us into our eternal reality in Christ with Father God, Jesus Son, Holy Spirit, and our family of His forgiven children.
Shouldn’t that be enough?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on The First and Last Yes.
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Amen and amen, dear Gary. I thank and praise God for your sharing your thoughts.