Monday, January 6, 2014

What does the word “Amen” mean?

The word “Amen” is used throughout the Old and New Testaments. It is used at the end of several books and many of the Psalms. The word is used to conclude prayers and even as a title for Jesus in (Revelation 3:14). “Amen” can be said in private or in public (as is the case in 1 Corinthians 14:6).
Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the "Amen " at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?
“Amen” defined
The word is a declaration of affirmation, it is an expression of agreement or approval. It is often defined as “so be it”. When a person says “amen”, they are expressing their approval or agreement about what has just been said or done. When used at the end of a prayer, it is an interjection to signify the conclusion of the prayer, and to express a desire for the requests of the prayer to be fulfilled according to God’s will.

Origin of the word
The origin of the word “Amen” is ancient Hebrew. Its usage is replete throughout ancient Judaism as well as early Christianity. Although its origin is Hebrew, it is used in Arabic and other languages. The word “Amen” has even been adopted into Islam.

When should I say “Amen”?

Some use the word as a general statement of agreement (i.e. “amen to that”), however, the word is primarily used in a religious setting. It is very much biblical to close a prayer with “amen”, or say “amen” when wanting express agreement with a religious statement or practice (i.e. during a sermon or after a hymn).  

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