One word we normally hear at church is, “Amen.” It’s usually included at the end of a hymn, spoken in prayer, and sometimes uttered out loud during a sermon.
But what does it mean? Here is an excerpt of an interesting article I found on the history and meaning of the word and how it affirms one’s faith (source unknown):
“For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (II Corinthians 1:20).
The word “amen” is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Koine Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best-known word in human speech.
The word is directly related–in fact, almost identical–to the Hebrew word for “believe” (aman), or “faithful.” Thus, it came to mean “sure” or “truly,” an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When one believes God, he indicates his faith by an “amen.” When God makes a promise, the believer’s response is “amen”–“so it will be!”
In the New Testament, it is often translated “verily” or “truly.” When we pray according to His Word and His will, we know God will answer, so we close with an “amen,” and so also do we conclude a great hymn or anthem of praise and faith.
The article goes on to quote Revelation 3:14 which says, “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” (Revelation 3:14). This word is applied to Christ, himself. As the “Amen,” we can trust him as faithful and true since he was in God’s plans from the very beginning of creation.
The article concludes,
As our text reminds us, every promise of God in Christ is “yea and amen,” as strong an affirmation of truth as can be expressed in the Greek language.
It is, therefore, profoundly meaningful that the entire Bible closes with an “amen.” “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:21), assuring everyone who reads these words that the whole Book is absolutely true and trustworthy. Amen!
Whenever I’ve taken part in worship services, I have always appreciated whenever someone has heartily offered a loud, “Amen!” It’s like an exclamation point affirming the truth proclaimed. And it shows the conviction of one’s belief. I believe if one is moved by the Spirit to say, “Amen,” in a service, then do not quench the Spirit by holding it in. Rather, boldly shout it out with conviction and faith.
The next time you hear “Amen,” or even voice it yourself, do not merely remember the meaning but how meaningful it is to your faith in God through Christ.
Good News to you!