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The Christian's Response to the Glory of God - Talk About God's Glory - VII

2010 Bartimaeus Bible Conference
Thursday P.m. - September 16, 2010
Message #7

SAY "AMEN" TO GOD'S GLORY

Proposition: To place an emphasis on faith as the basis for our understanding glory. The inherent concept of "Amen!" involves faith and agreement with what is true. Often this is built upon the revelation of Scripture.


  Introduction

     A. Popular Concepts of the Use of "Amen"
        1. Mark of the End of "Prayer" - Kurwin and Amen - Confusing Kurwin
           [DKS humor? - Kurwin says, "ZZZ!"]
        2. "Open Your Eyes"
        3. That's All Folks"  "The End"
     B. "Amen" and the Doxologies of the Apostles 
        1. 16 Doxologies in the Epistles and Revelation
        2. 15 Have "Amen!" - only Rev. 5:13 in KJV does not - textual problem
           - Majority Text includes [CF World English Bible]

WEB Revelation 5:13  I heard every created thing which is in heaven, on the 
earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them, saying, "To him 
who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb be the blessing, the honor, the 
glory, and the dominion, forever and ever! Amen! {TR omits "Amen!"}" 
14 The four living creatures said, "Amen!" The {TR adds "twenty-four"} elders fell down and worshiped. {TR adds "the one living forever and ever"} 

     C. The Occurrences of "Amen" in the English Bible
        1. The OT Occurrences of "Amen!"
           a. 27/26 times in the AV "Amen" 
           b. Also translated "so be it" and "truth" one time each
        2. The Occurrences of the Word amhn (amen) in the Greek New Testament  
           (Computer says 152 times in 103 verses)
           a. "Amen" 50 times [Young's, p. 58] 51 times [Smith, p. 17, #28]
           b. "Verily" 100 times [Young's, p. 58] 101 times [Smith, p. 17, #28]
     D. The Origin of the Word "Amen"
        1. It Is a Hebrew Word
        2. It Relates to a Verb That Means "Make Firm, Sure, True, 
           Faithful, Believe"
           a. Believe
              (1) Abraham - Gen. 15:6

KJV Genesis 15:6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to 
him for righteousness.

              (2) Israel - Ex. 19:9

KJV Exodus 19:9  And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a
thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe
thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.

              (3) Rhetorical Question - Isa. 53:1

KJV Isaiah 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of
the LORD revealed?

           b. True or Noun Truth tma, +(emeth)
              (1) Psa. 25:5

KJV Psalm 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of
my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

              (2) Psa. 108:11

KJV Psalm 108:4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth
reacheth unto the clouds.

     E. The Use of Amen in Apostolic Benedictions in the NT
        1. 3 without major textual issues

KJV Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

KJV Romans 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever.
Amen. 

KJV Galatians 6:18  Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with
your spirit. Amen. 

        2. 16 with textual issues
     F. The Meanings of the Word
        1. Popular Meanings:  So Be It, So It Is
        2. Better:  That's True, I Believe {i.e. Faith}

  I. THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH IN THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAS BEEN SAID

     A. The Acknowledgment of a Direct Relationship to Truth
     B. Assent to the Truth of What Has Been Said 
     C. Acceptance of the Truth as True from the God of Truth
     D. Agreement with God by Faith (Believing)
     E. Amen!

 II.   THE ASSOCIATION OF GOD WITH TRUTH AS THE GOD OF TRUTH

     A. The Entrusting of One's Spirit into the Hand of the God of Truth 
        - Psa. 31:5

KJV Psalm 31:5  Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O
LORD God of truth.

     B. The Evaluation of the Character of God before Entry into the Land 
        of Promise  Deut. 32:4

KJV Deuteronomy 32:4  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways
are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

NKJ Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways
are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is
He.

        1. His Ways Are Perfect 
        2. His Works Are Righteous
        3. His Worth Is Truth without Injustice
     C. The Environment During the Millennial Kingdom and the God of Truth 
        - Isa. 65:16

KJV Isaiah 65:16  That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless
himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear
by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because
they are hid from mine eyes.

        1. God of Truth
        2. Lit. God of Amen!

III. THE "AMENS" IN RESPONSE TO THE GLORY OF GOD - IN DOXOLOGIES

     A. God the Father  Rom 11:36

KJV Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:
to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

     B. God the Father Through Jesus Christ - Rom. 16:26, 27

KJV Romans 16:26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the
prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to
all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory
through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. 

     C. God the Father - Phil. 4:20

KJV Philippians 4:20  Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever.
Amen.

     D. God the Father - Eph. 3:21

KJV Ephesians 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

NKJ Ephesians 3:21  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all
generations, forever and ever. Amen.

     E. God the Father - 1 Tim. 1:17

KJV 1 Timothy 1:17  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only
wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

     F. Christ - 2 Tim. 4:18

KJV 2 Timothy 4:18  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and
will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and
ever. Amen.

     G. God the Father through Jesus Christ - Heb. 13:20, 21

KJV Hebrews 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus
Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

     H. God the Father - 1 Pet. 4:11

KJV 1 Peter 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if
any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God
in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

     I. God the Father - 1 Pet. 5:10, 11

KJV 1 Peter 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his
eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you
perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen.

     J. Jesus Christ - 2 Pet. 3:18 

KJV 2 Peter 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

     K. God the Father - Jude 24, 25

KJV Jude 24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to
present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and
power, both now and ever. Amen.

     L. Jesus Christ - Rev. 1:5, 6

KJV Revelation 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and
the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And
hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

     M. God the Father and the Son - Rev. 5:13, 14

KJV Revelation 5:13  13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on 
the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all 
that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and 
power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb 
for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four 
[and] twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever 
and ever.

     N. God the Father - Rev. 7:12

KJV Revelation 7:12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and
ever. Amen.

 IV. THE ASSOCIATION OF AMEN WITH "BLESS"

     A. God Blessed (euloghtos) Forever - Rom. 9:25

KJV Romans 9:25  As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which
were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

     B. Creator Blessed (euloghtos) [eulogetos] Forever - Rom. 1:25

KJV Romans 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

     C. Blessed [bahrook]  Is Jehovah God of Israel - Psa. 106:48

KJV Psalm 106:48  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to
everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

  V. THE DOUBLE AMENS IN THE BIBLE 

     A. Amen, Amen - Verily, Verily
        1. John - 25 times
        2. All with legw (lego) + 2nd Person (sing. - 5x and pl. - 20x)
        3. All by Jesus Christ
     B. Blessed [bahrak] Jehovah - Neh. 8:6
     C. Having Been Blessed [bahrook] Is
        1. Psa. 41:13 
        2. Psa. 72:19
        3. Psa. 89:52

 VI. THE GREAT AMEN FOR THE CHURCH - Rev. 22:20

KJV Revelation 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come
quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

TRANS: Do we sincerely believe when we make statements about God? Do we really affirm the truth of our statements as they are measured by God's revelation of Himself in the Scriptures? Do our lives provide an Amen! for the provisions of the grace of God for the Christian?

 

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