2 Corinthians 1:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV: 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.

2 Corinthians 1:20, ESV: For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

2 Corinthians 1:20, KJV: For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

2 Corinthians 1:20, NASB: For as many as the promises of God are, in Him they are yes; therefore through Him also is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

2 Corinthians 1:20, NLT: For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding 'Yes!' And through Christ, our 'Amen' (which means 'Yes') ascends to God for his glory.

2 Corinthians 1:20, CSB: For every one of God's promises is "Yes" in him. Therefore, through him we also say "Amen" to the glory of God.

What does 2 Corinthians 1:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is answering the charge from some in Corinth that he selfishly changed his travel plans to visit them, saying both "yes" and "no" to his commitments at the same time. Paul's defense is as serious as the accusation is frivolous.

First, he has insisted he was not saying "yes" and "no" at the same time, but that in Christ, the answer is always "yes." Now he adds that all the promises of God find their "yes" in Christ. In other words, all of God's Old Testament promises are fulfilled in Jesus. Christ is the "yes" to every one of them.

Paul, who represents Christ and does His work, seems to be saying that even his change of travel plans reflects the "yes" found in Jesus. Motivated to be as Christ to the Corinthians, Paul altered course to serve them better. He acknowledged God's leading and responded by saying "amen" to God for His glory. Just as the Corinthians themselves affirmed Christ as God's "yes," Paul agreed with and affirmed God's will for him in Christ by holding off on his return visit to Corinth.