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What does God say about Himself

Many books have been written about what people have said about God. Today I’d like to simply share scripture which shows what God says about Himself to man. I have attempted to choose verses that will inspire worship, that is, verses where God demonstrates His power, majesty, authority, glory, wisdom, justice, love, righteousness, holiness, uniqueness and absolute perfection by what He Himself says.

Three things I noticed while preparing this message:

1. The recurring phrase “I am the Lord” abundantly emphasizes God’s command of mans’ absolute attention, obedience and worship (try saying the three words with the emphasis on each word: I Am the Lord (and only I), I Am the Lord (am forever), I Am the Lord (the one to whom you owe worship, obedience, faithfulness,).
2.  When man said, “I am” in the presence of God it was always “I am vile”, “I am undone”, “I am unclean”, “I am sinful”. Man always hid his face, fell on his face or demonstrated absolute conviction as to God’s holiness, authority and perfection. (Some examples: Exodus 3:6, Numbers 22:31, Joshua 5:14, Ezra 9:6, Job 40:4, Isaiah 6:5, Ezekiel 3:23, Matthew 2:11, 17:6, Mark 5:33, Luke 5:8, Revelation 1:17, 5:8, 14, 19:4, etc) No one dared approach God with the familiarity we do today and just because we are under grace we still have no excuse for irreverence.
3. God has been calling man and making Himself known ever since the fall throughout the entire Bible, starting when He called Adam in Genesis 3:9 until the Lord Jesus calls “whosoever will” in Revelation 22:17. Today man makes it look as if God has hidden[1] Himself and that we need to go on personal searches to find Him but in reality He has been commanding our attention throughout history.


God’s Most Profound Title

Exodus 3

14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM[2] hath sent me unto you.


There Is Only One I Am and Only One Saviour

Isaiah 41

4  Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.      

Isaiah 42:8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isaiah 43

10  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.

11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

13  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?

25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 44

6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I  am the last; and beside me there is no God.

24  Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all  things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Isaiah 45

5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

6  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

19  I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

21  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have  not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Isaiah 46:9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Isaiah 51

12  I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

13  And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

15  But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.

Hosea 13:4  Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

God Has Absolute Prerogative To Do As He Wills

Deuteronomy 32:39  See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

God as Creator and Maintainer of the Universe

Genesis 1

3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

20  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.


Job 38

4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

16  Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

17  Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

18  Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

22  Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow[3]? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

23  Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

24  By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

26  To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

27  To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

28  Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

29  Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

30  The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

31  Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades[4], or loose the bands of Orion[5]?

32  Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth[6] in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus[7] with his sons?

33  Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

34  Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

35  Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

36  Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?


I Am Commands Perfection, Holiness, Reverence, Separation, Faithfulness, …

Genesis 17:1  And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Leviticus 11:45  For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

Leviticus 19

4  Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

30  Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

31  Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

37  Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 22:32  Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,

Leviticus 26:1  Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.


Nothing Impossible

Jeremiah 32:27  Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?


What God Delights In

Jeremiah 9:24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.


God’s Heart Broken by the sin of man

Ezekiel 6:9  And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am  broken[8] with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.


The Certainty of the Fulfillment of God’s Word

Ezekiel 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.


Certainty that One day All Flesh Will Recognize God As Supreme

Psalms 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Ezekiel 36:23  And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that  I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

Ezekiel 38:23  Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 39:7  So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.


What The Father Says about His Son

Matthew 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I  am well pleased; hear ye him.


Christ’s Claim of Divinity

Mark 14:62  And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.


John 8

23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am[9].

John 13:13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

John 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me[10]: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.


The I Ams of Christ

John 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 8

12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 10

9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

11  I am the good[11] shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

36  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God[12]?

John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 15

1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Revelation 1

8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty[13].

18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 22

13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last[14].

16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.


Summary

·    God's Most Profound Title is I AM

·    There Is Only One I Am and Only One Saviour

·    God Has Absolute Prerogative To Do As He Wills

·    God alone is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe

·    I Am Commands Perfection, Holiness, Reverence, Separation, Faithfulness, …

·    There is Nothing Impossible for God

·    God delights in lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth

·    God's Heart is broken by the sin of man

·    God’s word will be fulfilled with absolute certainty

·    It is certain that one day All Flesh Will Recognise God As Supreme

·    The Father is well pleased with His Son

·    Jesus Christ very clearly claims divinity (and the Father could not be well pleased with a liar)



God the Son claims:

  • I am the Bread of Life
  • I am the Light of the World
  • I am the Door
  • I am the Good Shepherd
  • I am the Son of God
  • I am the Resurrection and the life
  • I am the way, the truth and the life
  • I am the true vine
  • I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, which is, which was and which is to come
  • I am the Almighty
  • I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold, I am alive forever more
  • I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star




The I Am of the Old Testament is unequivocally revealed in the New Testament[15]. Do we worship and stand in awe in the presence of the Great I Am or has He become a sentimental demigod who is less powerful, less glorious, less authoritative and less absolute than the God of the Old Testament. May we recognise the Lord Jesus Christ for who He is and nothing less!



JKS

10 February 2000, revised 18 March 2000.

[1] Isaiah 41:4, 45:19-22, etc

[2] What does I AM mean? Rather than trying to define by human standards, let us examine the instances where this phrase is used in scripture to speak of God. A summary verse might be Isaiah 43:10-11. See other references throughout the body of this message.

[3]

Snow Crystal

The exquisite, delicate beauty of snow crystals has attracted and fascinated people for generations. Like any art form expressed in miniature, the tiny crystals captivate the imagination and inspire awe. And they have an almost unbelievable number of forms and designs! Although all snow crystals share a hexagonal molecular structure and are made of ice formed in atmospheric cloud fields, close inspection reveals that they bear little resemblance to one another. Certain conditions of moisture and temperature will create distinguishable types of snow crystals, yet the variations on a theme are infinite.



Snow crystals can be simple or ornate. Types include six-rayed stars, hexagonal plates, columns, bullets, needles and irregular forms with no real symmetry at all. Stellar crystals, although they represent only a small portion of all the snow that falls, have clearly become the symbol for all snow. Simple crystals range in size from 1/32 to 1/2 inch. During a heavy snowfall, with mild temperatures, stellar crystals often cling together in cottony bundles as large as 2 inches across. The cluster of snow crystals is... a snowflake!



A snow crystal begins when water in the atmosphere condenses about a nucleus and freezes. Water molecules have an electromagnetic pattern for creating ice crystals; these microscopic gems of ice toss, whirl and tumble through the storm cloud for about 30 minutes before the details of their design are unvieled. When the snow crystal is fully formed and begins its earthbound descent, it travels an uncertain path at best, and most crystals reach the ground a bit travel-worn and not quite perfect.



Snow crystals buffeted about in a turbulent storm cloud encounter a wide spectrum of fluctuating vapor levels and temperatures, which partly, but only partly, explains the tremendous diversity of designs that are created. One question, as yet unanswered, is why the branches of an individual snow crystal are always identical. Why isn't one side different from the other? Perhaps the electrical charges of the water molecule somehow determine this symmetry … or perhaps something else is at work.





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[4] Pleiades



Heb. kimah, "a cluster" #Job 9:9 38:31 Am 5:8 A.V., "seven stars; " R.V., "Pleiades", a name given to the cluster of stars seen in the shoulder of the constellation Taurus.

[5] Orion



Heb. Kesil; i.e., "the fool", the name of a constellation #Job 9:9 #Job 38:31 Am 5:8 consisting of about eighty stars. The Vulgate renders thus, but the LXX. renders by Hesperus, i.e., "the evening-star, " Venus. The Orientals "appear to have conceived of this constellation under the figure of an impious giant bound upon the sky." This giant was, according to tradition, Nimrod, the type of the folly that contends against God. In #Isa 13:10 the plural form of the Hebrew word is rendered "constellations."



[6] Mazzaroth



Prognostications, found only #Job 38:32 probably meaning "the twelve signs" (of the zodiac), as in the margin (comp.) #2Ki 23:5



[7] Arcturus



Bear-keeper, the name given by the ancients to the brightest star in the constellation Bootes. In the Authorized Version #Job 9:9 38:32 it is the rendering of the Hebrew word which probably designates the constellation the Great Bear. This word is supposed to be derived from an Arabic word meaning night-watcher, because the Great Bear always revolves about the pole, and to our northern hemisphere never sets.



[8] Compare with Genesis 6:6 where God was grieved!

[9] Compare with Exodus 3:14

[10] Compare with Isaiah 42:8. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). This can only mean that Christ is God and that the Godhead is plural.

[11] People like to quote Mark 10:18 “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” As a proof that Lord Jesus is not God. He Himself called Himself good when He said “I am the good shepherd” in John 10:11. This is proof that the Mark 10:18 quote is not saying that the Lord Jesus Christ is not God but it is simply demanding one to recognize Him for who He is, ie there is none good but God, do you recognize me as who I am?

[12] People also like to say that if the Lord Jesus is the Son of God then He can’t be God, He must be inferior because a son is always inferior to his father. This statement is false. Every human is equal and while a son maybe subject to his father, when he has come of age he has every responsibility and honor as his father has.

[13] Compare with Genesis 17:1 when God introduces Himself to Abram.

[14] Compare with Isaiah 41:4 and who it is who is speaking in Revelation 22:16.

[15] 2 Corinthians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 10:4, etc.