I have been thinking a lot lately about the harmony of the Old and New Testaments. Frankly they are so tied together that it is a shame that we have separated them at all. Everything that is written in the New Testament owes its shape and substance to the writings of God that existed at the time of Christ(the Old Testament). One of my upcoming college classes is a master’s level OT survey class. As I have been reading one of the books for the class, I ran across this verse and went back to study it.
“As surely as God is trustworthy, we don’t say “Yes” when we mean “No.” For the Son of God, the Yeshua Messiah, who was proclaimed among you through us – that is, through me and Sila and Timothy, was not a yes-and-no man; on the contrary with him it is always “Yes!” For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with Him; that is why it is through him we say the “Amen” when we give glory to God.”(2 Corinthians 1:18-20)
Think about that for a minute. No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Messiah. That is to say, they are affirmed and completed in Messiah. If God said it, Messiah did it. This meshes well with the statement that Messiah made about doing whatever He saw His Father doing and so on. This idea has far reaching implications. But it can and has been abused. Some have used it to suggest that all of God’s promises have been fulfilled by Messiah and none are left. This is not correct. There are still promises of God that await fulfillment in the end of days. All of those promises will be fulfilled by Messiah. There is the promise that He made to those who would believe in Him(John 1:12 and John 3). We of course know that this is fulfilled by Messiah. This statement doesn’t say that God will do everything we want Him to do. This statement also has bearing on the teaching of praying in Jesus name. Look again at the end of verse 20. Through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. When we pray in Yeshua’s name for the things the Father has promised, we can be certain that it will be done for His glory.
Let me give a very specific example of an instance that illustrates this at work. Look at Luke 1. When the angel appeared to Mary and told her of God’s plan and His promise to be fulfilled; it was Yeshua who would fulfill the promise with His birth. Mary gave her “Amen” to the promise in verse 38. The promise was fulfilled in Yeshua to the glory of God the Father.