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Amen is a word we all know … but not really. It is the appropriate way to end a prayer, but why? Four letters with no intrinsic meaning? It is more, however, than a ritualized ending to prayer.
Word - New - Testament - Letters - Paul
The word is found often in the New Testament. In the letters of Paul and Peter as well as Revelation it is used as part of a salutation or benediction. It ends the book of Revelation and our Bible “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” The word amen (ἀμήν) is also found in many of Jesus’ sayings often translated truly as in Truly I say to you (ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν).
Amen is an affirmation of certainty, faith, belief, truth. At the end of a prayer or the creed it could be translated “so be it.”
Myers - Creed - Anyone - Power - Amen
Myers continues “Yet we barely fathom what we are saying in the creed. How could anyone have the power to say amen to this?” (p. 131) He turns to 2 Cor. 1:18-20 – but through 22 completes the thought.
We affirm the creed and it is God who makes us stand firm in Christ. Myers puts it like this:
Creed - Phrase - Myers - Way - Creed
I believe. As we affirm the creed we begin I believe. A phrase that seems personal and individualistic. But Myers that this is not the right way to think about the creed.
In affirming the creed we, and more specifically I, join the body of Christ and move into God’s...
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