Last week as we began our study of the names of GOD, we looked at the name I AM, found in Exodus 3:13-15. This is the name GOD introduced Himself as to the Israelites, as He was about to deliver them from 430 years of slavery to the Egyptians.
According to the Scofield Study Bible and the Wycliff Bible Commentary, the name I AM encompasses GOD as the All Powerful self-existent one, expressing active and increasing self-revelation of Himself, as the personal GOD of salvation. I AM showed His power, with a great deliverance for His people out of bondage. He led them through the wilderness, made divine provision of food from heaven (manna), and water out of the rock for more than two million people. He brought the Israelites into the Promised Land.
Now, I share with you a great revelation of GOD, I AM in the Scriptures found in John 8:56-58. “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day… Jesus said unto them, Verily, Verily (Truly, Truly), I say unto you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
Jesus made this statement declaring that He is that same I AM that brought the Jews out of bondage more than 1,400 years earlier. There were Jews there that wanted to stone Him for this proclamation. Jesus, by His sinless life and His sacrifice of Himself as the Lamb of GOD (John 1:29, Rev.5:9-14), and His victorious resurrection from the dead (“I am the Resurrection and the Life,” John 11:25), and His many miracles, proved He was the Christ! Jesus also taught that He would be our Deliverer from the bondage of sin and death (Rom.11:26, Heb.2:13-15), the Redeemer of our soul (Isa.54:8, Gal. 3:13, I Peter 1:18), and bring us to another land of promise, Heaven! John 14:6: “Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me.”
All of Scripture, the Old Testament prophecies, and the New Testament fulfillment are the revealing of a King and His Kingdom. All Scripture points to Jesus Christ as being “our LORD and Savior”. (Ps.40:7, John 13:19, Titus 2:11-14, I Jn.4:14, Rev. 11:15).
GOD has revealed Himself to us through many names and titles throughout His Word, but only by the name Jesus Christ may we receive salvation. See Acts 4:12. (Remember, JESUS means The LORD is Salvation, and CHRIST means The Anointed One of GOD).
Only in the name JESUS, or Yahshua in Hebrew, Yesu in Chinese pinyin, Jezi in Haitian Creole, Gesu in Italian, uJesu in Zulu…can we be saved from our fallen lost state.
Please read all of Philippians 2:5-16, Here’s our main point of truth, “Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of GOD…equal with GOD: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And…He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore (Because of this truth) GOD also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name; That at the name of Jesus (Savior) 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.”
No matter what you believe in presently, one day you will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is LORD! I choose to do so now. He is worthy of my love, worship, praise, thanksgiving, and obedience, my very best. I hope you can see this too.
Please join me next Friday for more of GOD’s names. Until then, glorify the GOD Who created you, and loves you! GOD bless you my friend, as you bless Him!
Psalm 53:2 “GOD looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek GOD.”
George Randall Jr., is minister to youth at Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia and a member of the Mount Airy Ministerial Association.