Verily, Verily and Amen

Jesus used Verily and Amen to emphasize important points we will look at here.

Verily, Verily and Amen

These are terms we use very often in religious circles. Yet, most of us don’t know what they mean. We’ll throw an “Amen” out as an approval of something that was said or at the end of a prayer. What exactly are we saying? The fact is, verily and amen are the exact same word in the Greek and used over 143 times in the New Testament.

According to The Strong’s Concordance 281 amḗn means “steadfast”) properly, sure (certain). It is usually translated “amen,” and sometimes “verily,” “of a truth,” or “most assuredly.” At the end of sentences, it may be paraphrased by: “so let it be.” As an “emphasis marker,” it introduces a statement of pivotal importance that is essential in interpreting the over-all passage.

The double use, “Verily, verily,” means that the speaker is sure of both the truth and value of what he is about to say.

John 14:12-14 Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.” (KJV)

If you want to enjoy the benefits of His salvation, you must accept your Lord’s statement without question. Doubts and reasonings must be laid down at His feet, and it must be enough that Jesus said it.

John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it you24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My Name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. 26 At that day ye shall ask in My Name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you27 For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said unto Him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.” (KJV)

There must be an end to all doubt when Jesus says, “Verily, verily.” His Word is true; for nothing but truth can come from Him who is “the Truth.” When Jesus says, “Verily, verily,” there are two armies of truth gathered around His royal standard. His Word must be accepted as indisputable, immutable, infallible truth.

2 Timothy 4:18 “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

So let it be. In other words, it will be so. Allow it to be so with you.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (NKJ)

His Word cannot lie.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (NKJ)

John 17:17 Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth.” (NKJ) Sanctify = set apart; regard as special. Following His Word (aka – truth) is the only thing that sets us apart from the world.

John 5:24-30Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My Word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (NKJ)

If you reject His teaching, you must reject the Teacher Himself. Nothing of authority remains to Jesus if you question His Word. Jesus is not giving us information as a matter of report, His opinion, or a suggestion, but as a truth to be accepted on His own authority: “Verily, verily, I say unto you. Amen!”

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