I AM that I AM

I AM that I AM Part 7

And now the purpose for creation becomes apparent, now the reason for God, the Word becoming a high priest is fulfilled (priest comes from the Hebrew word “cohen” which means bridge builder), now all that the Father ever intended is reality, for NOW the Church of Christ will come into existence!! “And to make all men see (understand, know, comprehend) what is the fellowship (all three who possess the nature called God working together—(what a wonderful plan it is which requires the entirety of Deity) to bring about the mystery (the plan of the Father become reality and really exist) so man who had sinned, who had no way to remedy that default in his character—could enter an institution, the “called out who had now been made citizens” that would entitle the damned, because of unforgiven sin, forgiveness and inheritance in what the Father had conceived millenniums before, in His new creation, which had been bought by the blood of His only begotten Son, His fellow Deity.
God, the Father had a plan, God, the Son—called the Word, volunteered to bring that plan into existence, and God, the Spirit would communicate this plan so “whosoever will” obey from their hearts that form of doctrine, they can be added to sinless humanity, reserved in Paradise. Until the Father has had enough of the unrepentant and ended the “scheme of redemption” without apology or needed explanation, bringing the end of “time” and the beginning of sinless glorification for the newly elected “heirs of righteousness” He has united the “family in Heaven and on Earth,” forever and ever!!
Before this revelation of “the mystery,” God, the Word, had been treated with unbelievable hatred, cursed, spit on, and taunted. Those to whom He came rejected Him in a terrible show of disrespect for One who had healed their sick, given sight to their blind, physically fed their sons and daughters, and on and on; yet without thought to any received kindness, men and women reviled, mocked His name and character, even showed no respect for His mother, nor care for untold kindnesses He had openly and freely given. On the day of Pentecost, when He rightfully could have repaid them for their insults, He joyously gave these same peoples the message that would save their souls and that of their children who were accountable.
Unfortunately, we who have been “invited” into His Kingdom, have treated Him and His authority worse. Yet every time if we are humble and repentant, we can go by Him to His Father, He takes us into the presence of a Being we do no even the right to be in the same room with—and ask Him the desires of our hearts without restraint!! This is the “eternal purpose” the Father had in Christ Jesus, His Son. He has told us the reason WHY! “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither My ways, your ways.” This makes it clear that God is just different, better, beyond our abilities to understand—while at the same time make us determined to be more like Him every day we are privileged to live so someday we can spend the rest of our existence with a Being of such majesty. Often, we never consider our blessings—we do not understand how to not be selfish!!
Finally, God, the Father has, through His Son, Christ given us the way to live “before Him in love.” The Old Testament Jew could never “touch the hem of His garment” because nothing was theirs that would allow them to change, to become like, to have the mind of God!! We do!! Again, He, the Holy Spirit, is blessing us with His great ability to understand the Father so we can express to Him what we need. When we cannot express this in the way the Father desires, He even over-rides our control mechanisms with our will and not against our will and never brags, foolishly!!

I AM that I AM Part 6

There are many things we can write about our “big” Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ. If sixty six books written by the inspiration we will never touch the hem of the garment, how could we do more?? “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” John 21:25 How, then, could it be expected that more be written that could or would be more definitive?? That is not our purpose—our purpose is/was to aid those who are disposed to read this effort to a greater appreciation of Him for whom the word ALL cannot begin to describe—either in power, wisdom, glory, love, commitment–here words begin to fail!! No might or power could ever begin to match His story which began before there was ever anything and will never end when He who was and is might end, which He cannot, because He is life.
The incomprehensible story of the love He had and has for Him who ignited a string of incidents that Christ made real and existent is beyond human reasoning. What a concept! What a plan! What a Savior!! That a Being so far removed from need or desire could possess such a “heart” that could include the creation and re-creation of all who will prove their love for Him and those whom He loved, and that another of His kind could be so humble to never even have His name known after writing 66 books about His Fellow with whom He was/is equal. Who, after finishing this work of communication, would take on the molding and re-making of that blood-bought humanity, for whom the world was made, Himself being the second of the nature called God to work, live, and fight with beings so inferior to His nature, being so much far greater, no comparison could ever be drawn that could express equity. This must be or should be impossible, seeing we recently came from sin, having left the comforts of “home with God” for a lesser being than ourselves, created-that had a beginning as we, who has done nothing since he went blind with hate for all that is good and holy, doing nothing but destroy what He, who10 from whom this began as thought, conceived!! Our damnation, which could NEVER affect His person, place, or being, became His agony. He spends the existence between two eternities in what is called time, fighting with we who do not even know we are our own worst enemies!! We have become His tireless passion, one that only a being with the nature called God would ever undertake, never daunted, dismayed, ready to quit, or deny “that which He began in us, He must finish,” which He WILL finish, unless we pull out of the race that has been set before us with an insult that can’t and won’t ever say—“Thanks”!! Working tirelessly without benefit to His person, His name is used mockingly in modern denominationalism. They even make a division among those in Christianity, stealing the hearts of those who would follow His beloved Christ, justifying their existence by claiming a power for their experiences and mumblings, from this Great Spirit who has never been anything but true to the cause, as their source.
This I AM that I AM, Oh! What a glorious Being!! and to think we would NEVER have known Him had it not been for the selfless, predetermined, predestined chief resident of Heaven who intends to share ALL that He has and is with the disgusting creation that began with such promise, who wound up killing His only begotten Son in a place in the Hebrew tongue called Armageddon, choosing a reprobate, drunk with blood, in His place!! Thinking this destroyed the “mystery,” man found out 53 days later how this WAS in fact the plan, mystery “hidden from the foundations of the world.”!! On that day, the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter UTTERED that that had been hidden!!

I AM that I AM Part 5

There is another God equal to and dependent on none, the name we have given us of Him is the Spirit. In the New Testament He is addressed as the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost. As there is man and the spirit of man, so there is God and the Spirit of God. They are capable of a separate and distinct existence. “What man knoweth the things of man,” says Paul, “but the spirit of man that is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man but the Spirit of God.” There is in this case an image of God in man—not , indeed an exact image, but an image; for as Paul says of the law, so say we of man—“For the law had a shadow (a resemblance) of good things to come, and not the very (or exact) image of those things.” So man was made “an image” of God, though not the exact image. The active power of man is in his spirit. So John the Baptizer came in the power of Elijah, because he came in his spirit. The Spirit of God is therefore often used for His power; though it is not an impersonal power, but a living, energizing, active, personal existence. In all the works of God, the Spirit of God is the active operating agent. So, in the old creation, while ancient chaos yet remained—when ”the earth was without form and void, and darkness brooded on the bosom of the vast abyss,” the Spirit of God “moved (incubated and energized-brought order out of chaos or dis-organization) upon the face of the waters.” “The hand of the Lord has made me, and the Spirit of the Almighty has given me life.” “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.” And so was chaos subdued, man vitalized, “the heavens garnished,” and the body of Jesus made by the Spirit of God.
There is the Spirit, as it is said, to do, and to have done, all that God does and all that God has done. He has all divine perfections and works; and in the New Testament He is designated as the immediate author and agent of the new creation, and of the holiness of Christians. It is therefore call the Holy Spirit. In the relation of the deity, or godhead, He stands next to the Incarnate Word. Before time, it was God, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God. But now, in the finality of redemption, it is “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”—one God, one Lord, one Spirit. To us Christians there is, then, but one God, even the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ, even the Savior; and one Spirit, even the Advocate, the Sanctifier, and the Comforter of Christ’s body—the church. Jesus is the head, and the Spirit is the life and animating principle of that body.
Creation, providence, and redemption are founded upon these relations in the Deity. Destroy these, blend and confound these, and nature, providence, and grace are blended, confounded, and destroyed. The excellency of the Christian system is, that it fully opens to the vision of mortals the divinity—the whole godhead employed in the work of man’s regeneration and ultimate glorification. God was manifest in human flesh, and is justified and glorified by the Spirit, in accomplishing man’s deliverance from ruin. Each being of the sacred three has its own peculiar work and glory and neither interferes with the other’s work. We are, by divine authority, baptized into the name of the sacred three; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in coming into the kingdom of grace; and while in that kingdom the supreme benediction is, “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you!” In the old church, the moonlight period, the High Priest of Israel was commanded to put the name of the Lord upon the children of Israel, —“The Lord bless thee and keep thee—make His countenance shine upon thee, and give thee peace (the communion of the Spirit).

I AM that I AM Part 4

An idea cannot be without an image or a word to represent it; and therefore God was never without His Word, nor was His Word without Him. “The Word was with God, and the Word was God;’ for a word is the idea expressed; and thus the “Word that was made flesh” became “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person”—so our Lord could say; “he that hath seen the Son, has seen the Father, also.”
We can define members of divinity by the roles, jobs, functions they have and do perform in the salvation of man. The phrase “Son of God” describes a temporal relation, like the phrase “the Word of God” denotes an eternal, un-originated relation. There WAS a Word of God from eternity, but the Son of God BEGAN to be in the days of Caesar Augustus. “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee” was given only after the Son of God was by His resurrection from the dead declared to be the Son of God with a power and evidence extraordinary and divine. The Word incarnate or dwelling in human flesh, is the person called our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ; and while in the system of grace the Father is the ONE God, in all the supremacy of His glory, Jesus is the ONE LORD in all the divine fullness of sovereignty, supreme, and universal authority. The Lord of Japheth, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is the God and the Lord of Christians; for “the Child” that has been born to us, and “the Son” that has been given, according to another Prophet, came from eternity: “His goings forth have been from of old from everlasting.” Such is the evangelical history of the author and finisher of the Christian system as to His previous nature and relation in the deity or godhead. But there is more!!
“He became.” One distinctive way of comprehending of whom this speaks is to determine which member of divinity who bears the nature called God, began to be something different than His original and continuing existence or person!! He became a true and proper “Son of Man,” yet no man could ever claim to be His Father, NOR was He the production of man!! “A body hast thou prepared Me.” But the “Me” was before “the body”!! The “Me” had dwelt and would again continue forever to dwell “in the bosom of the Father.” He had never begun nor would ever end in being, yet He took upon Himself human flesh so the blood He would shed could be the sin offering for His Bride, the Church of Christ,”God, the Father, so loved the world, the Church of Christ, that He, the Father, gave, freely sacrificed, for the Church, His eternal Word”.
It is said of Him: “I came forth from God,” I AM “the Incarnate Word.” From the presence of the Father, the Son withdrew, came to dwell on the Earth for thirty three years. Great beyond expression and “without controversy, great is the mystery—the secret of godliness.” For to come “forth from” and still “be in” while at the same time “to dwell among men” is something only the “eternal Word,” did!! This is another clear and proper distinction. “God was manifest in the flesh.” Another way to distinguish Father from Son is “He that has seen Me has seen the Father, also.” The Son of Man was and is the Son of God—Emanuel, God with us.” Adored be His name!! The one God in the person of the Father has commanded all men to worship and honor the one Lord, “the eternal Word,” —for He alone is to be reverend: for now in glorifying the Son, we glorify the Father that sent Him and that dwells in Him. “Know ye not that I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me?” our Lord declared!! Such is the distinctive difference and qualification of God, the Father and God, the Son, eternally know by the expression, which in fact He is, the “the Word”, while in covenant with the Father, called Jesus Christ!! At His feet “all men must bow, to the glory of God, the Father.”

I AM that I AM Part 3

The relationships in the human family are limited to three: for while all the human nature was at one time originally and wholly in the person of Adam, it was afterwards found equally in the person of Eve; and again in the persons of their children. The way man came into being and the relationships between men, women and children there can only be three .Now, as to the way these relationships exist, they exist in only three dimensions: father-mother-children. Adam, himself at first had no relationship with any other human being for none existed. Eve’s relationship to Adam was derived from Adam; she came from him and was OF him. Their children were not OF Adam, they were OF Adam and Eve; and so the story of relationships began and ended in the human family and here the matter ends; for while Eve proceeded from Adam in one mode, and their children proceeded from Adam and Eve in another, all the residue of human nature exist without any new or other relation or mode of impartation. Let the atheist and monkey-oriented religionist explain why in all the years since Adam and Eve, there has not arisen another relation, mode, or defining of relationship among the human family, Now, as man is made in the image of God, we must conceive of Him as having plurality, relation, and society in himself—though far be it from us to suppose that the divine nature either is or can be fairly or fully exhibited by any resemblance or illustration drawn from angel or from man, or from any created thing!! Still, there is a resemblance between God and the sun that shines upon us—between God and an angel—between God and man; and even in the mode of His existence, and in the varieties of relation and personal manifestation, there is so much resemblance as to peremptorily forbid all dogmatism as to what is, or is not, compatible with the unity, spirituality, and immutability of God. But of this we will later examine and record.
God became a Son. “The holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” “Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” Again; “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” “No person has ascended into heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man, who is in heaven.” (or whose abode in heaven is). “God so loved the world (church) that He gave His only begotten Son—the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.” So speak the divine oracles of the supreme Deity and Excellency of the “author and finisher of our Faith.” “By Him and for Him all things were created and made; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” But, He became flesh! Who became flesh? That divine and glorious One that existed before the universe, who’s mysterious, sublime, and glorious designation was THE WORD OF GOD!! Before the Christian system, before the relation of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit BEGAN TO BE, His rank in the divine nature was that of the WORD OF GOD. Wonderful name!! This intimate and dear name describes a relationship unappreciated!! The relation between a word and the idea which it represents is the nearest and closest of all relationships in the universe; for the idea is in the word, and the word is in the idea!! The idea cannot be without an image or a word to represent it; and therefore God WAS NEVER WITHOUT HIS WORD, nor was His Word without Him!! Again, the idea is invisible, inaudible, unintelligible, but in and by the Word, so, John describes Him as “The Word was with God, and the Word was God;” for a word is the idea expressed; and thus the “Word that was, was made flesh.” That Word is God!!

 

I AM that I AM Part 2

When speaking of the great I Am, the Scriptures speak of His divinity. Divinity is a description of His nature, power, might, and strength. When speaking of His being He is always referred to as spiritual. Spiritual beings are the only beings before creation and are completely unique and rare in the vastness of thought and construction; they had no limits or barriers, nor did they lack anything-they were complete and whole in themselves and equal in all the ways by which man can measure domain. Also, they are eternal-never in any imagination or thought, description of entity nor inference of reality was it ever conceived that divine beings were described as anything but present, being, existing, never having begun even IF they never had anything from which to begin!! We have not much said upon this incomprehensible theme; for who by searching can find out God, or know the Almighty to perfection? “The knowledge of Him is as high as the heavens: what canst thou do? Deeper than hell: what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.” Job 11:7-10
Paul and Peter indeed speak of the divine nature in the abstract (they are conceptual rather than concrete—hence there is no real way, in man’s experiences of life, to describe them), or in a way that attempts to describe the divinity or godhead. These are the most abstract terms found in the Bible. Eternity and divinity are, however, equally abstract and almost equally rare in the Holy Book. Still, they are necessarily found in the divine volume; because we must abstract nature from person before we can understand the remedial system- we relegate each a ROLE-PLAYING identity to understand which member did what!! For the divine nature may be communicated or imparted in some sense; and, indeed, while it is essentially and necessarily singular, it is certainly plural in its personal manifestations of the three that have this type nature. That is why they are named the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though they are equally divine, they are personally-individually distinct from each other. We have, in fact, but one God, one Lord, one Holy Spirit; yet these are equally possessed of one and the same divine nature.
Some conceive of God as a mathematical unit; one in three. As a mathematical unit, some religious groups have thought it impossible these three cannot exist as one—separate, distinct, totally independent of each other. We often consider the unities that exist in a happily married couple!! Man has thought a Being with the nature of God cannot be both mathematically singular and plural—one and three, at the same time and in the same sense, they have denied the true and proper divinity of the Son of God and the Spirit of God. Yet, they seem to understand marriage!! They reason not in harmony with the sacred style of inspiration. But why should we imagine that there cannot be a plurality of personal manifestations in the divine nature any more that in the angelic or human; especially as man was created in the image of God?? Or in another way of expressing this truth; as man is multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-definable (father, man, son, husband, head, and on and on), so can God. As man cannot be cross-dimensional neither can God—that is, Christ cannot at the same time be both His own Father and Himself as some try to think when they struggle with the “one in the Godhead” idea. How could Jesus pray to His Father and be praying to Himself?? Why should we imagine that there cannot be a plurality of personal manifestations- roles- functions participated in by those of the divine nature any more than in the angelic or human, especially as man was created in the image of God?? Why would that not be considered a likeness??

I AM that I AM

The Bible is a book of facts, not of opinions, theories, abstract generalities, nor verbal definitions. It is a book of awful facts, grand and sublime beyond description. These facts reveal God and man, and contain within them the reasons of all piety and righteousness, or what is commonly called religion and morality. The meaning of the Bible facts is the true biblical doctrine. History has, we say, to do with facts—religion springs from them. Hence, the history of the past, and the anticipations of the future, or what are usually called history and prophecy, make up most of all the volumes of inspiration. Of all the books written, there is only One book written describing, explaining, and revealing the ONE BEING with whom all who have ever existed or will exist will deal, GOD!! He cries in the beginning of inspiration—“I Am that I Am.”
“I lift up My hand to heaven and say, “I live forever.” “The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary; there is no searching of His understanding.” “Do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord.” “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place; with him also that is of contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” ‘I beseech thee show me thy glory; and He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” “And the Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and in truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that by no means acquits the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation”—“and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.” “O Lord God of Israel, who dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone; thou hast made heaven and earth. Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our Aleim is one Jehovah—the Lord our God is one Lord.” “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou king of saints.” “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name, for thou alone art holy?” “He is our Rock: His work is perfect, for all His ways are judgment; a God of truth and without iniquity: just and right is He.” “Glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders.”
Such are a few—a specimen of the Divine declarations concerning God, repeated and re-echoed by the purest and most intellectual beings in heaven and earth!! It is from His word and His works we learn the being and perfections of God. As we form a character of man from what he says and what he does, so learn we the Divine character. “The heaven declare His glory, and the firmament His handiwork; day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.” Creation reveals the power, the wisdom, and the goodness of God—-Providence proclaims also His justice, truth, and holiness. Redemption develops His mercy, condescension, and love; and all those proclaim that God is infinite, eternal, and immutable. God appears before the universe of intellectuals in the threefold attitude of Creator, Law giver, and Redeemer; and, although each of these involves and reveals many of His Excellencies, still in each department three are most conspicuous; Creator, Lawgiver and Redeemer. In each and all of which departments He is infinite, immutable, and eternal