Sermon 679. The Amen
DELIVERED ON SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 4, 1866, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.
"The Amen." Revelation 3:14.
THE word "Amen" is much more full of meaning than may be supposed, and as a title of our Lord Jesus Christ it is eminentlysuggestive. As you know the word is a Hebrew one which has been very properly conveyed not only into our language, but intomost, if not all the languages of Christendom. It isa happy circumstance that some of these words should have had vitality enough in them to be transplanted into other tonguesand still flourish. It gives some faint foreshadowing of the united worship of celestial spirits, and it indicates the Lord'swill that the Hebrew race shallnot be forgotten by His Church-and that the language of His well-beloved Israel stills sounds sweetly in His ear.
AMEN signifies, true, faithful, certain-but its sense will be better seen by carefully noting its uses. It had at least threeforms of practical meaning. First, it was used in the sense of asserting-when a person would give peculiar authority to hiswords he either commenced orconcluded with the word, "Amen." And thus he declared as with the solemn "yes, yes," of an honest, truth-loving man-certainly,assuredly, so it is. Our Savior uses the term frequently. The word which we translate, "Verily, verily," is this word "Amen."
You must have observed that John, who has a quick eye for the Divine moods of the Lord Jesus, notes with unerring fidelitythe repetition of the asserting word. Whenever our blessed Lord was about to say something peculiarly solemn into which Hewould throw the full weight of His authority, Heasserted it by the doubling of the word "Amen, amen," or "Verily, verily," at the commencement of it.
The second sense of the word, Amen, slightly varies from asserting, and may be more properly described as consenting. Thereis a memorable instance of this in the case of the woman who drank the water of jealousy (Num. 5:22). When she drank the water of jealousy it was enacted that if she had beenguilty of the crime laid to her door, certain terrible results should follow as the effect of this water. She, at the timeshe drank it, said, "Amen, amen," that is, she gave her consent that such-and-such pangs should fall upon her if she had beenreally guilty of adultery.
A more memorable instance, still, is that of the people assembled upon Mount Ebal and Gerizim. When the threats and the blessingswere both read in their hearing, the people said "Amen, amen." So let it be. Of the like character is the case in the bookof Nehemiah. When Ezra blessed Jehovah, thegreat God, all the people answered, Amen, with lifting up of their hands. A third meaning of the word Amen is what we maycall petitionary. In this sense we use it at the close of our prayers. "Our Father who are in Heaven" is not a complete modelof public prayer till it concludeswith, "Amen."
In the ancient Church it was customary for the entire congregation to say Amen. Paul alludes to this custom in that expressionin the Corinthians where he speaks of persons praying in an unknown tongue-he says, "How should he that occupies the roomof the unlearned say Amen at your giving ofthanks, seeing he understands not what you say?" We have it put on record by Jerome that at Rome the people were accustomedto say Amen in the gatherings of the early Christians so heartily-I might add, so lustily-that it was like the dash of a cataract,or a clap ofthunder!
I could wish that we more uniformly and universally said Amen at the close of public prayer. I am sure it would be Scripturaland Apostolic, and I believe it would be useful to you all. Perhaps the custom was dropped on account of the irregular wayin which the brethren said Amen. I have heard thesame regularity in certain rustic Methodist congregations when I have thought that the Amen was put in the wrong place,and could have wished the custom to be discontinued altogether, because certain illiterate, rash, but zealous Brethren saidAmen when there was nothing to say Amento! They rather created ridicule than reverence, and showed as much folly as fervor. However, a judicious revival of thecustom would, I doubt not, be useful in the Church of God.
It also signifies, "So be it, so let it be," and is virtually the consent of the entire congregation to the prayer which hasbeen put up. Observe the devout Amen of Benaiah, at the close of David's dying prayer, with the remarkable addition, "TheLord God of my lord the king say so too" (1 Kings1:36). Notice also how the Psalmist closes several of the Psalms, such as the forty-first and the seventy-second with the emphaticconclusion, "Amen and Amen."-
"Let every creature rise and bring Peculiar honors to our King; Angels, descend with songs again, And earth, repeat the long AMEN."
Should you desire still further to enquire into the use and meaning of this remarkable word, there is a valuable sermon uponit in the works of Abraham Booth which you may read, as I have done, to great advantage. If anything should lead to the revivalof its use more generally in public worship itwill be a matter of great congratulation.
It strikes me that I might have divided my discourse this morning very fairly under these three heads-asserting, consenting,petitioning-for in each of these our adorable Lord Jesus Christ is certainly "the Amen." He asserts the will of God-He assertsGod Himself. God the Son isconstantly called the Logos, the Word-He who asserts, declares and testifies God.
In the second place, we know that Jesus Christ consents to the will, design, and purpose of Jehovah. He gives an Amen to thewill of God-is, in fact, the echo-in His life and in His death, of the eternal purposes of the Most High. And, thirdly, heis "the Amen" in the petitionary sense,for to all our prayers He gives whatever force and power they have. It is His Amen to our supplication which makes it prevalentat the Throne of the Most High. In these three senses Christ may well be called "THE AMEN."
But we have preferred to divide the discourse another way. Our blessed and ever-to-be-adored Lord Jesus is, first, "the Amen"in reference to God. Secondly, "the Amen" as viewed in Himself. And, thirdly, I trust some of us have distinctly trusted Himto be "The Amen" in regard to ourselves.
I. Refresh your memories upon the great Truth of God, our LORD IS SUPERLATIVELY GOD'S AMEN. Let us review the various pointsin which He is "the Amen" of God. We must speak, of course, of God after the manner of men. Let that grain of salt be understoodto savor all that we say. Jesus is "the Amen"of the Divine purposes. There was a day before all days when there was no day but the Ancient of Days-a time before alltimes when He who made all time dwelt alone.
Then in His august mind He conceived the plan of redemption. He foresaw the world ruined by sin. He determined that a numberwhom no man could number should be redeemed unto Himself to be forever His children, the beloved of His soul. These purposesHe made, and fixed them fast-there shouldbe a people who should show forth His praise forever and ever. These purposes were but purposes until God said Amen to them,and made them valid and sure decrees by determining to give His own dear Son. If God had not resolved to give the Lord JesusChrist to be a redeemer, thepurpose of redemption would have had no Amen. If He had not appointed Christ to be the Head of the body, His purpose concerningthe body would have lacked the Amen.
The giving of our souls to Christ according to the Scriptures was a most ancient covenant transaction-and the gift of theSon to us was of equally ancient date-for He is regarded by God as the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.That gift of Christ to us in theEverlasting Covenant was the mighty Father's virtually stamping His decree and making it valid and good. Long before youand I had a being-before this great world was made by God out of nothingness-God had made every purpose of His eternal counselto stand fast and firmby the gift of His dear Son to us. He was then God's Amen to His eternal purpose.
When our Lord actually came upon the earth He was then God's Amen to the long line of prophecies. One by one the servantsof God had testified concerning the coming Messiah. Some had spoken evangelically as Isaiah-others with a more legal savoras Moses. But their testimony was to the sameeffect, that in due time a Prophet should be raised up, and that there should be born of a virgin a Man who should at thesame time be "the Wonderful, the Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father."
These promises followed thick and fast, all of them cohering, each one manifesting the self-same coming One. But there wasno Amen to them-they were things hoped for, but not the substance-till at last, in the silence of midnight, angels sweetlysang His advent, "Glory to God in thehighest, on earth peace, goodwill toward men! For unto you is born this day in Bethlehem a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."That Babe among the horned oxen. That carpenter's son, was God's declaration that prophecy was the voice of Heaven! Now, youProphets, sleeping in yourtombs, it is witnessed that you lied not! Now has God Himself come forth and set to His seal that you are true! In the blessedform of Mary's Child, God's Amen appears both to shepherds and to wise men.
In the same sense, also, Christ was God's Amen to all the Levitical types. The morning and the evening lamb, the red heifer,the turtle doves, and the two young pigeons whose blood stained the altar, the sacrificial bullock, the scapegoat, the plentifulsprinklings of blood-all these wereman's avowal that he believed in God-and at the same time God declaring to man that He had provided a Sacrifice. Yondersmoking bullock offered by Aaron and his sons is nothing yet, it is but a figure, it lacks the Amen to give it body, force,substance. That uplifted knife,that priest clad in fair white linen, that blood spilt upon the altar-all these are nothing-they need a soul put into them!
When Jesus Christ came, and especially when up to the Cross as to the altar He went as a victim and was laid on it, then itwas that God solemnly put an Amen into what otherwise was but typical and shadowy. "It is finished," said the Savior, andthen was, as our poet puts it-
"Finished all the types and shadows Of the ceremonial law! Finished all that God had promised; Death and Hell no more shallawe: It is finished! Saints, from here your comfort draw." "The Amen" is set to the purposes, to the prophecies, and to thetypes. It is exceedingly worthy of your regard thatChrist is God's Amen to the Majesty of His Law.
That was a very solemn Amen which God gave on the top of Sinai when He came with ten thousand of His holy ones, and the mountainsmoked beneath His feet. As I hear those words, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,and with all your strength," that blast of thetrumpet waxing exceedingly loud and long, that crack of thunder, and yon mighty flashes of great lighting were God's Amen!AMEN rolled in peals along the wilderness of Kadesh, made the tents of Kedar tremble, and made the hinds to calve, and brokeeven the lofty cedars of Lebanon!It was such a terrible Amen that the people begged that they might hear it no more-their hearts were subdued with the terrorof the dread appearances of God's Law though He revealed it in the hands of a mediator by angels.
But, dear Friends, I can point you to a more solemn Amen than that! More terrible than Sinai although you can better bearthe sight. God has said, "The soul that sins it shall die." "Cursed is everyone that continues not in all things that arewritten in the Book of the Law to do them." Therestands the Son of God. He has not sinned Himself, but He has the sins of all His people imputed to Him. He has never brokenthe Law, but all our breaches were laid on Him. Now what will God say to Him? God meets Him as He once met Adam in the garden,but Jesus did not hide Himselfas Adam did, He met stern Justice face to face.
There He is, the sinner's Substitute-what will the infinitely just Jehovah say now? The Law says He is accursed, for He hassin upon Him. Will the Father consent that His own Beloved shall be made a curse for us? Hearken and hear the Lord's Amen."Awake, O sword, against the Man that is MyFellow, said the Lord." What? Does God the Father say Amen? Can it be? It is even so! He says Amen. And what an awful Amen,too, when the streaming sweat of blood leapt from every pore of His most blessed and immaculate body and fell in terribleclots upon the frosty ground! O God,You did say Amen, indeed, to all the terror of Your Law when Christ had to cry, "I am exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death."
Yet louder still is that Amen at Golgotha where stands the Savior, mocked, despised, rejected. He is at the Roman column,torn with scourges and in the seat of mockery crowned with thorns. There the Law seemed to say, "The sinner is to be despisedand rejected, the sinner is a shameful thing,worthy to be spit upon, the sinner deserves to be crowned with thorns." And God says, Amen, and His own dear Son, who stoodin the sinner's place, was made to set forth God's awful assent to the demands of Justice. Yonder along the streets of Jerusalem,over stones as hard as thehearts of Jerusalem's sons and daughters-harder they could not be-He leaves a trail of blood up to Calvary's mound!
And then His hands and feet are pierced and His soul pierced with something worse than nails. And then His heart is made todrink of draughts more bitter than wormwood mixed with gall, and His soul the subject of worse temptations than the mere thrustingout of the tongue or the jeer and the jibeof the multitude! There where His soul died within Him because God forsook Him, He shrieked "Eloi! Eloi! Lama Sabacthani?"There it was that God said sternly and dreadfully, "Amen," to that sentence, "Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree."
Beloved, if you want to see to the fullest degree how God hates sin, and with what vengeance He pursues iniquity, you mustsee Him hunt that sin right into the shelter which it sought to find in His own dear Son! Though it never was His sin, butour sin laid upon Him, yet God spared not His ownSon. You have only to see how He was smitten of God and afflicted-because the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, andwith His stripes we are healed-and you will see at once that Jehovah does not reckon sin to be a trifle.
It must have been a very grand sight to stand in the valley between Ebal and Gerizim to hear the Law read, and then to haveheard the six tribes upon Gerizim all say to the blessings solemnly, Amen-like a peal of thunder it must have started fromthe ten thousand lips of the children ofIsrael! And then how dreadful, in what subdued awe-stricken tones, like the low murmur of a threatening tempest, must havesounded the dreadful Amen from Ebal, when all the threats were read. "Cursed is he that confirms not all the words of thisLaw to do them. And all the peopleshall say Amen."
But mark this word, it was a far more solemn thing when God spoke than when the tribes spoke, and He did speak upon Calvaryin tones, the thunder of which reverberate throughout all ages, and are heard in dreadful mutterings in the abyss of Hell!Jehovah, whom cherubs sing as, "Holy, Holy, Holy,Lord God of Hosts," then said, "Amen, so let it be! Vengeance, take your fill! Justice, slay the Victim! Let the innocentSubstitute bleed for men." Our Lord Jesus, so far from destroying the Law, came to be God's Amen to its penalty and to sanctionand to establish it as the Law ofGod forever!
We have not, however, exhausted this topic. Jesus Christ is, as you know, very blessedly God's Amen to all His Covenant promises,for is it not written that "all the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen"? The Apostle Paul seems to have hit uponthe very spirit of Christ's name, Amen, whenhe says, "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give usall things?" When God gave His Son He did virtually give all Covenant blessings to His people. The gift of Jesus Christ wasGod's making every promise which hadever gone before the coming of Christ sure and certain. Christ was the wax melted in the fire upon which God set the stampof His own honor that He would be true to the Covenant engagements which He had made.
Brothers and Sisters, if the saying of Amen upon Mount Gerizim to the blessing of the Law had something delightfully cheeringand comfortable about it, how much more divinely sweet was Jehovah's Amen when Jesus Christ rose from the dead triumphant?!How much more when up the everlasting hills Herode in glorious triumph, leading captivity captive?! Devout Spirits, come here and mark God's Amen to the blessings ofthe Covenant! See yonder the mighty throng of angels and hear their song as they sing, "Lift up your heads, O you gates. Andbe you lift up, you everlasting doors,that the King of Glory may come in."
Do you desire to hear God's Amen? Hear it as He bids His Son, amidst universal acclamations, sit upon His Throne and reignwith Him, expecting till His enemies be made His footstool! Oh, greatly blessed are you, you Saints who are one with Jesus,for God has blessed Him and therefore you! On highenthroned are you, O Saints, for Christ enthroned stands! Him has God exalted, and He has exalted all His saints in Him!He joys not for Himself alone-the meanest Christian has a part in all the glories of the Savior! The enthronization of Christis God's solemn declarationand Amen that He will bless all His people and make them kings and priests to reign forever and ever.
Once more, Jesus Christ will be God's Amen at the conclusion of this dispensation in the fullness of time. I am not goinginto curious questions about how this dispensation will end. I have my own notions about it-other people have theirs. I believeif some people were as private about theirsas I am about mine, they would not sell so many two penny books, nor make so many foolish guesses at the future! I knowjust this about that, that Jesus Christ will come in due time, and that when He comes, whether immediately, or after a millennialreign, two things will surelyhappen-the righteous will be rewarded, and the wicked will be condemned. These two things we can be quite sure of.
Now, when God shall put into His dear Son's mouth those words, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom preparedfor you from before the foundation of the world," that will be a most solemn Amen to God's purpose made concerning those saints!Indeed, it will be the Amen to the Covenantin the whole of its range, and to the entire work of Divine Grace from the first to the last! Then, as they come streamingup the sky in glorious pomp, to reign with
Jesus Christ forever, Death and Hell, and the assembled world shall mark with shame and dismay God's Amen to His own eternalpurposes, and to the work of His glorified Son.
When, turning to the left, the Judge shall say, "Depart, you cursed, into everlasting fire in Hell"-before the word is spokenthe ungodly will recognize Christ as being "the Amen" to all that God had threatened! In their cries to the rocks to hidethem, in their shrieks to the mountains tofall upon them they will at once make clear to assembled multitudes that they perceive Jesus to be "the Amen," making God'sthreats true! And when His voice shall have cursed them forever, it will be the weighty Amen throughout eternity! It willbe the emphatic reasserting at onceof their guilt and of their punishment-that their sentence came from Jesus-that same Jesus who died for sinners and whomsinners crucified and rejected.
Had it come from any other lips the sentence had not been so dreadful. But coming from the Man, as well as from the God, itshall be humanity assenting to God's verdict as well as God declaring and enforcing the sanctions of His Law. Oh Sinner, mayChrist never be God's Amen to you in that sense!But, on the contrary, may you hide in the wounds of Jesus, and find all the blessings in Him, yes, and in Him, Amen, toyou! I have thus spoken sufficiently upon this point if God blesses it to you-and so let us turn to our second head.
II. Our Redeemer took this as a personal title to Himself. He called Himself "the Amen," and so He is. Our second point, then,is THAT HE IS OUR AMEN IN HIMSELF. He proved Himself to be Amen-the God of truth, sincerity, and faithfulness in His fulfillmentof Covenant engagements. The LordJesus Christ undertook to bring many saints to Glory. His Father gave Him a people to be His forever and He undertook, insuretyship engagements, that every one of these should be delivered perfect and complete when they should be required at Hishands.
He undertook, in order to this, that He would suffer, bleed, and die for His Church-that all her debts should be dischargedfrom His own veins-that a perfect righteousness should be worked out for her in which she should stand all beauteous in thesight of God. Brethren, I leave it toyour own judgment, you who know the Lord Jesus, whether He has not faithfully kept His engagements. He has been "the Amen"to the full, in this respect. "Lo, I come! In the volume of the Book it is written of Me: I delight to do Your will, O God."
From old eternity He declared Himself to be ready to go through the work, and when the time came He was straitened till thework was done. When He was a servant in the house of His Father, He might have gone out free if He had pleased. He might haveleft the service had He willed, but He said, "Ilove My Master, and I love My Master's children." And so, like a man who would not accept freedom under the old Jewish Law,His ear was fastened to the doorpost of God's house and He became the servant of His people forever. "My ear have You opened."
Beloved, He has fulfilled His service! Seven years of toil for Rachel were achieved by Jacob, and seven years afterwards-andour Master has achieved the same. He has paid the price of His Beloved to the uttermost farthing, and up till now it can besaid of Him, "Having loved His own whichwere in the world, He loved them unto the end." "Of all whom you have given Me I have lost none." Let us praise and blessHis name as we see Him in Covenant engagements faithful and true, "the Amen."
He was also "the Amen" in all His teachings. We have already remarked that He constantly commenced with, "Verily, verily."The Pharisees in their teachings began with insinuating doubts, beclouding the mind with mystifications, and raising needlessdifficulties. It was considered to be the rightthing for a philosopher never to teach dogmatically-but Christ never spoke in any other way. You find Him beginning, "Verily,verily, I say unto you." Christ, as Teacher, does not appeal to tradition, or even to reasoning, but gives Himself as Hisauthority. He quotes, indeed,the authority of, "It is written," and speaks of the things which He had seen and heard of His Father. But this He statesupon the authority of His own oneness with the Father.
He comes clad with Divine authority and He does not deign to dispute or to argue, but He claims for His words that they areAmen. We have accepted His teachings, I hope, in that same spirit. I do not open the evangelists to find Christ's words tocavil over them. I do not turn to the Epistles tocriticize the teachings of my Lord, nor to raise difficult questions with which to wrangle with the great Teacher. The positionof a Christian is at his Master's feet, not disputing but receiving-not questioning, but believing. And in this sense Christclaims, as a Prophet andTeacher, to be "the Amen."
He is also "the Amen" in all His promises. Sinner, I would comfort you with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, "Come untoMe all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." If you come to Him, you will not find that He has revokedthat promise, but He will say, "Amen," in yoursoul. That promise shall be true to you. He said in the days of His flesh, "The bruised reed I will not break, and the smokingflax I will not quench." Oh you poor, broken, bruised Heart, if you come to Him He will say Amen to you, and that shall betrue in your soul as in hundredsof cases in bygone years.
These are His own words, which He spoke to His servant John: "The Spirit and the Bride say come; and let him that hears saycome; and whoever will, let him take the water of life freely." He says Amen to all those "comes," and when you come and areanxious to drink, He will say Amen to your comingand to your drinking, for He declares to you, "Him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out." From the Throne of Godwhere He is highly exalted, He utters the very same sentence now, and says Amen to that which He declared before!
Christian, is not this very comforting to you, also, that there is not a word which has gone out of the Savior's lips whichHe has ever retracted? "I have not spoken in secret, in the dark places of the earth: I said not to the seed of Jacob, Seekyou My face in vain." No stopping of Christ'sbills-they shall be duly honored when the time comes. If you get a hold of but half a promise, you shall find it true! Bewareof him who is called "Clip-promise," who will run away with much of the comfort of God's Word! But if you should even geta clipped promise, God willhonor it-He will still keep His Word. "Let God be true, and every man a liar." You have to deal with Jesus Christ, "thesame yesterday, today, and forever." Therefore be not afraid-
"His very word of Grace is strong As that which built the skies The voice that rolls the stars along Speaks all the promises."
I must not, however, tarry here. Jesus Christ is yes and Amen in all His offices. He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once.He is Amen as Priest, still. He was a King to rule and reign for His people, and to defend them with His mighty arm. He isan Amen King, still the same. He was a Prophet ofold to foretell good things to come. His lips are most sweet, and still drop with honey-He is an Amen Prophet. He is Amenas to the merit of His blood-
"Dear dying Lamb, Your precious blood Shall never lose its power."
He is Amen as to His righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amenin every single title which He bears-your Husband, never seeking a divorce-your Head, the neck never being dislocated. Heis your Friend, sticking closer than abrother-your Shepherd, with you in death's dark valley- your Help and your Deliverer! He is your Castle and your High Tower-theHorn of your strength, your Confidence, your Joy, your All in All, and Amen in all.
I must close all this by reminding you that He is Amen with regard to His Person. He is still faithful and true, immutablythe same. Not less than God! No furrows on that eternal brow-no palsy in that mighty arm-no faintness in that Almighty heart!There is no lack of fullness in Hisall-sufficiency-no diminution in the keenness of His eyes-no defalcation in the purpose of His heart. Omnipotent, Immutable,Eternal, Omnipresent still! God over all, blessed forever! O Jesus, we adore You, You great Amen!
He is the same, too, as to His manhood. Bone of our bone still. In all our afflictions still afflicted. Our Brother in tiesof blood as much today as when He wore a peasant's garb, and said, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests.But the Son of Man has not where to lay His head."He has the same heart of sympathy, the same heart of compassion-remembering us and bidding us remember Him. Not for a momentchanged because of the change of His condition. Not for an instant unmindful of us because of the harps of angels and thesongs of the redeemed. Asquick to hear a sigh or catch a tear today as when in the days of His flesh He comforted His people and carried the lambsin His bosom!
The Amen Savior! Oh, blessed is His name! Let us worship Him as the great Mediator between God and our souls, feeling joyto think that in all this He suffers no shadow of a change-
"Blessings forever on the Lamb Who bore the curse for wretched men. Let angels sound His sacred name, And every creature say, AMEN."
III. But I must roll all this up and leave you to digest and to enjoy the sweetness of the Truths of God which are containedin that short title, "the Amen." I have to close now by saying that THE LORD JESUS IS EXPERIMENTALLY GOD'S AMEN TO EVERY BELIEVINGSOUL. We may say in the first place that Heis God's Amen in us. Beloved, it is not impossible to prove the existence of God by argument. It is not altogether difficultto demonstrate the reasonableness of the Gospel by syllogism and by logic. None but the man who is deficient of brains, Ithink, need be long without beingassured of the authenticity of Scripture.
But let me say to you that all that argument, reasoning and logic can do for you is less than nothing and vanity. You willdoubt in the teeth of argument, and be skeptical in the face of demonstration as long as your heart does not love the Truthof God. Your head may be convinced, but your heartwill always supply enough atheism to keep your head at work. And your head will always be willing to receive an abundantsupply from that nethermost cavern of your depravity.
But let me say to you if you want to know God you must know Christ. If you want to be sure of the truth of the Bible you mustbelieve Jesus. And I warrant you that when you have once looked up and seen Incarnate God bearing your sins. When you havethrown yourself flat upon the Rock of Ages andhave felt the inward joy and peace which flow from believing in God, you will have heard an Amen to that old Book, and anAmen to the existence of God, and an Amen to the Gospel which Satan himself can never remove from your remembrance! You willbe confident where once you werediffident! You will believe with a Lutheran vigor when once you have laid hold of Jesus Christ. I believe that this is thekeynote of all true believing-to lay hold on Jesus Christ-
"Till God in human flesh I see My thoughts no comfort find."
And when I get Christ, my thoughts not only have comfort but they get a solid conviction that the things must be true. Perhapsthere are few among you here that are troubled with skeptical doubts. They will afflict some of us, and I can say with regardto them whenever they come across my soul inany shape or form, I find the short and quick answer is this-I know one thing-namely, that I am not what I used to be. Iknow that I have entered into a new world. I feel spiritual heaving in my soul, spiritual longing, emotions, desires to whichI was once an utterstranger!
I know there has been as great a metamorphosis passed upon me as though a swine should suddenly become a seraph. I know thatthe very thought of Jesus keeps me back from sin and impels me in the path of duty. I know that His name exercises such acharm over me that no magician's wand ever workedsuch wonders. My rocky heart melts, my frozen soul dissolves at the touch of His love! And I, a clod of dead earth, suddenlyget wings and fly and commune with the eternal God! Why, that must be true which has done all this for me! It cannot be alie, it must be true!
I feel within myself that my own consciousness must be true, and the Lord Jesus has so interwoven and intertwisted Himselfwith my being-no, overlaid and covered my being-that though I should doubt all beside, I could not doubt the existence andDivine power of my Lord Jesus Christ!Depend on it, dear Friend, if you want to know the Gospel, you must receive Jesus Christ, and when you know Him you knowthe Gospel. Mahomet, you know, is not Mohammedanism, but Jesus is Christianity. Jesus Himself is the Bible! Jesus is God'sWord. Trust Him and you shall doubt nomore.
Next, Jesus Christ is "the Amen," not only in us, but "the Amen" for us. When you pray, dear Friend, you say Amen. Did youthink of Christ? Did you look to His wounds? Did you offer your prayer through Him? Did you ask Him to present it before God?Did you expect to be heard by virtue of Hisintercession? If not, there is no Amen to your prayer. But if you have prayed, though it were but a sigh or a tear-if youwere looking to the Cross-Jesus Christ's blood said Amen, and your prayer is as certain to be heard in Heaven as it was heardon earth! As sure as itcame from your inmost soul and Christ was pleaded in it, the answer must certainly come!
And now I pray, dear Friends, that Jesus Christ should be God's Amen in all our hearts as to all the good things of the Covenantof Grace this morning. I am sure He will be if you receive Him. We who have believed have entered into rest. If you have Christyou have entered into rest. "Beingjustified by faith we have peace with God." You that have Christ have peace with God this morning. "Being justified by faithwe have peace with God." "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved."
If you have Christ, you are saved. Christ is God's Amen. Get Christ and you have the promises. Get Jesus, and you are likethe man who has an estate and is secure of his property because he holds the title deeds. He says, "I have got the estate.""Where is it?"-he shows you the title deeds."Oh," says another man, "that is not the estate! That is far away in the north of England." "I have it however," says theowner, and he folds up his deeds, ties them round, and puts them away in his chest. "I have possession of the estate."
Well, dear Friends, we have Heaven! We have God Himself because we have Christ-and Christ is the title deeds of all things.May you-
"Read your title clear, To mansions in the skies," and the Lord make Jesus to be to your hearts, today, joyfully and blessedlyHis own Amen.