2 Corinthians 1:18-22
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
I’m reading Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel and it has been a while since I have read a book and cheered quite this much. I’m only about 1/4 of the way through the book thus far, but it appears to the be one of the clearest presentation available of a “bigger” gospel for the church to embrace. As I was reading tonight, I came across a section in which McKnight quotes the above passage from 2 Corinthians and it gave me reason to stop and reflect on what was Paul was saying here.
Jesus is God’s “Yes!”
In this almost parenthetical aside while Paul is contending that his decision to not visit the church in Corinth was for their own sake, he quickly reminds them of what God has done in and through Jesus. Namely, that God has fulfilled all of his promises in Jesus. They all become YES!
Amazing. Simply amazing.
Promise after promise in the Old Testament. Words of hope, words of a future, words of judgement, words peace, words of new life, words of righteousness spreading, and justice catching fire over the entire globe, have all been fulfilled in Jesus. God has said, “Yes!” to all of these thing through his Messiah, Jesus.
Such a statement is hard for us to swallow though. How can this be the case? Things simply do not look like that, in or out of the church. And yet, there it is, and not only does Paul say that Jesus is God’s “Yes!” but he also gives the church her answer, “Amen!” We are to declare, we agree that all of these things are fulfilled in Jesus. That is what it means to have faith in Jesus! Not just to believe that our sins are forgiven because of Jesus (though they certainly are). Not just to believe that we can have eternal life because of Jesus’ death and resurrection (though we certainly can), but to believe and live as though all of God’s promises in Scripture have been fulfilled in Jesus.
I am preaching this Sunday. My plan is to point to what Matthew thought had happened in Jesus’s coming. It’s the fulfillment of everything that the Jewish people were waiting for, in ways they never expected. This passage shines a light on that conclusion and says, “Yes! That’s who Jesus is!”
To which I say, “Amen!”
Why do you think it is so hard for Christians to believe that Jesus is God’s “Yes!” to ever promise he’s ever made?