The word ‘amen’ is a most remarkable word. It comes from the Hebrew of the Old Testament and has been called the best-known word in human speech. The word is directly related to the Hebrew word for ‘believe’ or ‘faithful.’ And so it came to mean ‘sure’ or ‘truly,’ an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When we believe God, we indicate our 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 as ‘truly.’ When we pray according to God’s will, we know God will answer, so we close with an ‘amen.’ The word is even a title of Christ Himself. 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.’

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