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The Great I Am is Jesus Christ
Dark and light.
Jesus the Great I Am
Jesus Christ is the Great I Am
Let me note I do not take this subject lightly in any way. It is intended to teach and encourage a study of the Bible. With the current popular trend away from the Bible perpetrated by the ungodly Humanist Manifesto, any study will lead to the Holy Ghost to lead one to seek God.
Anytime we Gentiles have any trouble understanding something in the Bible the Pharisees of the 1st-century rush in to come to the rescue on any subject.
Each of the Synoptic tells part of the story as a way of spreading the information out as communications do in an encrypted signal. I find this extremely interesting about the Bible. Let us look at parts of John 8.47-59 which is not part of the Synoptic by the way.
Jesus Christ, a certified historically confirmed Samaritan by virgin birth, and God in a man's body, had just told the Pharisees, “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear because you are not of God.”
The Pharisees, not being smart enough to recognize God in the flesh, do not know the slap in the face they just received and asked Him. “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Blind Spiritually, they hurl insults at the God they are supposed to know.
The Pharisees then are as ignorant as His critics today. The Pharisees had God in front of them who demonstrated His power right in front of their very eyes on numerous occasions and they do not know Him. Today’s critics have the handiwork of God starring them right in the face and have rejected Him today as the Pharisees did then.
The Sadducees and Pharisees, for example, have the complexity of their own physiology which could not have never evolved by random chance any more than random letters form complex words. The demons today cause people to scoff, "You have your imaginary friend in the sky to help you!"
The same demon who drove the Pharisees guides the atheist and agnostics of today. Jesus, being as gentle as He could to these spiritual blind hypocrites, “I do not have a demon, but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My Word he shall never see death.”
Still being hard to hear and blind to see, the Pharisees open their mouth and say, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’ Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?
Jesus said the Abraham was “brought into existence.” Jesus, on the other hand, made it clear He existed eternally outside time and space. Genesis 1.1 is where it says “In the beginning, God,” the Great I Am in Hebrew is “Elohim” a masculine plurality noun meaning more than one.
I believe that to be God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. There are those who disagree with this. Do not listen to them.
God allows U-turns
God allows U-turns at any time in life and any place when turning a life over to the Lord Jesus Christ. The man on the left side of Jesus on the cross is an example. After turning a life over to him the sanctification process of the Holy Spirit begins to purify a life to be a better witness. Are you ready for a U-turn?
Avoid religiosity and atheism today which either are no better than the Pharisees or Sadducees. People then and now have had opinions about who He was which have never really studied the subject. It would be sad to allow an uneducated opinion to send a person to hell, would it not?
To remove any doubt about who He was Jesus said,
“If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His Word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” (re. John 8.54; John 15.10; Matthew 13.17; Hebrews 11.13)
Boy, if the atheist and religious people of that day were not angry enough at this statement, Jesus fueled their fire. The hypocrites said, “You are not yet fifty years old, have you seen Abraham?” Blind, sadly ignorant, and uneducated where it really counts they are at their wits ends. Then the Lord makes an astounding statement that removes any ambiguity.
“Most assuredly, I say to you before Abraham was, I AM.” (re. Exodus 3.14; Revelation 22.13; John 1.1)
The creator of Abraham slaps them all right in their smug religious mugs. This is the final straw as far as they were concerned. The Pharisees clearly understood what He was saying for a change. They are ready to use capital punishment of their day. They want to stone Him to death. But Jesus next does something that shows He is God.
“Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the Temple, going through the midst of them and so passed by.” (re. Luke 4.30; John 10.39)
What a complex statement that one can read and pass over without fully understanding. You see God inhabits eternity. (Isaiah 57.15) Eternity is outside time and space and is not restricted by our reality and understanding.
Jesus may have slipped into eternity and slipped back when He was outside the Temple. This is purely conjectured on my part, come to your own conclusion on how he accomplished this feat. This profound occurrence happened several times that you can chase down.
God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost
God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are the answer!
Jesus fulfilled all three hundred and fifty-seven prophecies about the Messiah.
If a predictor fulfilled one in eight prophecies the odds would be
- 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. '
- 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies is 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power
- and 1 person fulfilling 357 prophecies:
Only Jesus could fulfill them all! A number beyond our abilities to understand even if the others are not. You are made in God’s image. A Christian who submits to Him is going through sanctification to that image.
Now let us look at Psalm 34, verse one, “I will bless the Lord at all times.” If there were ever a sanctification verse this is one. Never forget that Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us.
Hebrews 13.5 says in the Amplified Bible, "Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”
"Glorify all you the Lord in the fire." (Isaiah 24.15) That means that Jesus Christ is with us at all times. With us in our trials, our tough times, our dramas, and even sickness which He did not cause. The Great I Am is with me at all times, and I should praise Him in my trials of life.
That is lifestyle changing. If we believe it, it changes where we walk, what we say, and what we do. We are, after all, sojourners in this world which are under the control of Satan for a time. Our citizenship is in heaven. (see Philippians 3.20)
Related, there is a battle raging for the minds and hearts of our youth that encompasses much more than politics, morals, and ethics. Hebrews 13.5 which says. "Jesus Christ will never desert you nor will He forsake, or even let us down."
Where are our children going and what are they doing? As a parent, you should be concerned. How we taught our children that Jesus Christ is their Lord and is with them at all times? He is with them when they are on smartphones video texting, visiting bars, or alone with their friends. What we are discussing is a collision of worldviews.
Competing worldviews are everywhere. Their attitudes and lifestyles influenced by the secular news media, the entertainment conglomerate, the courts, and played out at the United Nations, the halls of Congress, and the secular education system.
When considering the tug-of-war among worldviews that rage in America and the world we tend to make the mistake of defining the battle in terms of politics, morals, and ethics. It actually encompasses this but involves all of life.
The power structure has shifted from the Eastern block of nations and is firmly entrenched in the Western block of nations. Worldviews exist among Christians, humanist both liberal and radical, and even the beliefs and practices of radical and moderate Islamics.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, we should consider how our commitment to Him affects how we behave, what we say, and act. Our Christian worldview should be kept in mind at all times. A Christian worldview is a 24 hour a day commitment in every area of life.
Our youth is more than worth the effort to steer them in the right direction toward God.
The non-Christian culture and forces are well versed in a non-biblical, unrealistic, and even irrational assumption about reality from which they derive life. If we understand the difference between the Biblical Christian worldview and secular Humanist (a world without God), Cosmic humanist (New Agers), Islamic, and other worldviews we will be better armed to share the Gospel with them.
When we do we can accept that Jesus Christ is with us always and be better able to defend our faith and truth as revealed in the Bible and His creation. In the future God willing, we will learn an understanding of the major worldviews that will help protect us from deception by grounding us more firmly in our Christian faith.
Two-thirds of the world does not know the Lord Jesus Christ. Are we doing our part in the Lord's desire to save them? Only you can answer that question. Thank you for reading the article. Please take the time to comment below if you would. Thank you in advance.
God's beautiful flowers
My Concluding Thoughts
The Battle between Good and Evil
The forces we face today really all come down to is darkness and light or good and evil. There is no grey area. Youth today need strong role models who are grounded in the Christian worldview. These must be Christians who live the life 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A day is coming when the Temple Mount will have the Jewish Temple on it.
Katahdin range of Mountains
The Third Temple
The Great I Am
The Third Temple
Saving our Youth