“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, NLT).
From a baby’s point of view, everything is off limits, so the first word they learn is no. Sometimes parents are surprised when the child tells them no in return. It takes a lot of patient explanation to help a child understand no often means something will hurt. Unfortunately it’s the same for anyone who has ever attended church. In too many churches, the list of things you can’t do is so long and discouraging, many give up, preferring to have fun now and take their chances later.
For the Israelites, the laws were one big list of no’s as well. We are told in Galatians 3 the law was their schoolmaster, to teach them not only right from wrong, but who God was. But in Christ, we have no need of a schoolmaster—we are not saved by the law but by grace through faith in him. All the promises of God have been fulfilled and he says a big yes! Yes, we are forgiven, loved and accepted, never again to feel on the outside looking in. He loves when we say yes in return. Yes, I accept your love and forgiveness. Yes, I want to be included in the warm embrace of Father, Son and Spirit forever!