Jesus; I AM he (Part 2)

Written By: Bro. J. Cotton

GOD’s name revealed

The God who speaks to us in the Old Testament as I AM is revealed to us in the New Testament as the Lord Jesus Christ. God came down to earth in humility, robed himself in flesh and dwelt among us as a man in humanity. Being both fully man and fully God. He revealed himself to us, showed us how we should live, he took on the weight of our sins, paid the price for them and rent the vail that was between us and him. He lived a sinless life, to be the spotless lamb so that he could lay down his life on a cross to pay the wage for our sins. He did all this so we might have salvation, eternal life and an intimate relationship with him.

‘Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.John 8:19

Jesus spoke in parables (See Matthew 13:10-13) to ensure only those with the desire to know and seek him would have understanding and this also attributes to the understanding of who he is. We must seek him and get to know who he is by reading his Word. Let us look to the scriptures…

[Below the corresponding scriptures from the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) are paired with corresponding numbers Ex: [(1):(1)]

God is the I AM (OT)

(1) “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14 

(2) “Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.” Isaiah 52:6

(3) “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” Isaiah 43:10-11  

(4) “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” Isaiah 43:13 

(5) “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” Isaiah 44:22 

(6) “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” Isaiah 45:23

(7) “Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.Isaiah 48:12 

Jesus is the I AM (NT)

(1) “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.”  John 5:46 

(2) “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58 

(2)(3) “They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.” John 18:5-6 (Note: “he” is italicized because it was added to help the flow of the text by the translator) 

(4) “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:28 

(5) “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:14 

(6) “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11 

(7) “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the endingsaith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 

“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…Revelation 1:11 

JESUS is the Almighty God; The Great I AM!
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