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In recent years much has been made about the proper name of God. Some say the proper name of God is Yahweh. Others use the names Elohim, Jehovah, El-Shaddi, or Adonai. All these are proper names of God. But what do they all mean?
Man, with his limited understanding, cannot understand the character, nature, and personality of God. So God uses many names so man can have a clearer understanding of the many attributes of God.
The name Elohim is the most used word translated as God's name. El-Shaddi is translated Almighty God, or God Almighty. Adonai is translated lord in small letters. These three names do not appear in the Bible, but God Almighty, God, and Lord translated from these names are throughout the Word.
The name Jehovah or Jah (the shortened from for Jehovah) means The Ever-Existing One. Many use the name Yahweh instead of the name Jesus. So which is correct? They are all correct names of God. But when they become incorrect is when one in the body of Christ causes strife and contention over the inclusion or disclusion of any of these names.
Moses gave us one name of God we never hear used:
"For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:" Exodus 34:14
The Lord's name is Jealous, because He is a jealous God. We need to understand God is not an egotist that we must be proper in what name we call Him by. God does not judge us by our ignorance. He judges us by the thoughts and intents of our heart. He overlooks our mistakes, because as the Psalmist David declared:
"For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust." Psalms 103:14
The word dust means "earth." God formed us from the earth, and He knows our frame, and everything about us. We are informed through the pen of Isaiah:
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord." Isaiah 55:8
So the dust man cannot understand God's ways, nor does the dust man think like God. So how is man to know God, and become like Him? The answer is very simple. It is only by and through the Spirit that we can achieve to know God, to be like Him, and to think like Him. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul relates:
"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." I Corinthians 2:16
We can have the mind of Christ when we allow the Spirit to have full access to our life.
God chose Moses to lead God's people Israel out of their bondage in Egypt. When God appeared unto Moses, we discover Moses was reluctant to do what God wanted him to do. Moses knew how stiffnecked and hardhearted the children of Israel were. He had witnessed this forty years earlier when he slew the Egyptian because he was abusing an Israelite, and they turned against him for trying to help his people.
"And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? What shall I say unto them?
Moses wanted to go to the Israelites with all the knowledge he could muster up, so he would have full proof for the people as to who sent Him. God's answer almost seems foolish to the carnal mind. God told Moses to say:
" . . . 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
I AM THAT I AM. It was the "I AM" or the Hebrew name "Hayah." It was the Hayah (I AM) that sent Moses to Egypt to deliver His people. What would happen today, if a prophet walked into one of the spiritually dead churches and said, "I AM sent me?" What kind of reception would they receive? The pastor would probably ask the prophet to leave. Yet this was what Moses was to say to the Israelites he was sent to deliver. God revealed to Moses:
"And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations." Exodus 3:15
The I AM (Hayah) was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And this was to be His name forever. As God related His name I AM was to be a memorial forever to all generations.
As we search for the meaning of what God meant when He stated He was "I AM THAT I AM", we discover He was stating He was the Eternal One, and this name was to be His sign to all mankind for all generations.
The Great I Am is the omniscient Spiritual presence of God. In the book of Hebrews, Paul gives us insight as to who God instilled His Spiritual presence in:
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" Hebrews 1:2-3
God sent forth His Son as the Great I Am. Jesus Christ was the express image of God the Father, the Great I Am. The word brightness means "the reflection of the majesty of God." It also means "shining forth." Jesus Christ is indeed the Light of the world.
We also witness this shining forth in Moses. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, after being in the presence of God (The Great I Am), he had to put a veil over his face because the people could not look upon God's glory. It was the Holy Spirit's presence (The Great I Am) that shown in the face of Moses.
Another example of the shining forth was when Paul met the risen, glorified Christ (the Great I Am) on the road to Damascus. He explained to King Agrippa:
"At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." Acts 26:13
Even though Paul's meeting with the risen, glorified Christ was at the noonday, the light he saw was brighter than the brightness of the sun. This clearly portrays Paul was in the presence of the Great I Am.
Jesus came in that glory, and He was the express image of the Father. The phrase express image is the Greek word CHARAKTER. This is where we get the word "character." So Jesus was the brightness of God's glory, and possessed the character of Christ, The Great I Am.
Jesus Christ upheld all things by the word (the Rhema Word) He spoke. Jesus stated He did not say anything except He heard His Father saying it. Jesus spoke only the Rhema Word of God.
And He upheld the Word by the power. The Greek word power is DUNAMIS. It is where we get the word "dynamite." So the power Jesus spoke was by the dunamis (power) of God, or by the Holy Spirit who is the Father, the Great I Am.
When Jesus Christ had purged our sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high - - - or, He sat down at the right hand of the power of the universe, the Great I Am. We witness this power when the soldiers came to the garden to take Jesus. When Jesus asked them, "Whom seek ye?"
"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
Jesus unequivocally declared Himself to be the "I AM". The word (He) is in italics and was added to the Scripture. The word "He" was not in the original Scriptures. When Jesus spoke He was the I AM, they all fell to the ground backwards. They could not stand in the presence of the I AM.
Jesus had the power to deliver Himself from the multitude, but instead He allowed them to take Him so that the Scriptures concerning Himself could be fulfilled. Jesus declared:
"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels" But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" Matthew 26:53-54
Many times Jesus used the name I AM to disclose who He was. But if we only read this with the carnal mind and fleshly understanding, we miss the declaration Jesus was revealing concerning the I AM. So what then did Jesus declare concerning the I AM?
"I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." Matthew 22:32
Jesus declared that the I AM was the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. The I AM is the Eternal God, the God of all living, the Great I AM, praise the Lord!
Many reject IAM as the Living God, and remain in their dead religious state. Jesus spoke to the unbelieving Jews:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and He saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? And Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:56-58
Jesus declared to them that before Abraham was, He (Jesus) was the I AM. It was I AM who appeared to Abraham as Melchizedek the priest of the Most High God:
"To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." Hebrews 7:2-3
This can only be speaking of the Ever Living One, the Eternal One, the Great I AM. So how are we to know the I AM, and how do we recognize Him as He appears throughout God's Word? We can only recognize Him when our Spiritual eyes are opened.
"I am the door: by Me, if any man enter in, He shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9
The I AM is the Door to the sheepfold. This is graphically portrayed in the Tabernacle in the Holy Place. This is where God does a final work on His people so they can enter in through the veil of His flesh into the Holy of Holies - - - into the very presence of the Eternal God, the Great I AM. [see "Beyond The Feast of Tabernacles" by George Kirkpatrick]
By the Spirit we know:
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44
The word draw means "to draw or be led by an inward power." It is by the power of the Holy Spirit (the I AM) that draws and leads us past the door to be cleansed and made pure in His Holy Place.
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." John 6:35
The I AM is the bread of life. Bread is the symbol of the staff of life. The bread Jesus broke at the Last Supper represented His broken body that was broken for all mankind. Bread is also a symbol of the body of Christ. As Paul proclaimed to the church at Corinth:
"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 6:51
There is no eternal life in the flesh. We can only have eternal life when we are changed from this physical body to put on our Spiritual body, the same body Jesus had after His resurrection. When He appeared to His disciples, they thought they had seen a spirit, but Jesus informed them:
"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." Luke 24:39
After Jesus' resurrection, Jesus had a body of flesh and bones, not flesh and blood. His resurrected body was a Spiritual body. This is an example of the body we will dwell in for all eternity.
The body Jesus had after His resurrection appeared when He opened their Spiritual eyes. We witness this when He appeared to His disciples on the road to Emmaus, and again in the upper room when He closed their Spiritual eyes, and He was gone.
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the word: He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
The I AM is the light of the world. Those who have no relationship with the light of the world walk on in darkness, wondering why their life is so hard, and why they have no hope. Jesus gave all who will listen, hope!
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness." John 12:46
Those who believe on the I AM will not abide in darkness. The word abide means "to live, to dwell, and to continue." So those who do not believe in the I AM continue to live and dwell in darkness, never knowing the true light of God.
As we continue to seek to reveal the I AM in God's Word, we turn again to the book of John:
"I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." John 10:11
The I AM is the Good Shepherd. God uses symbolic terms to explain His position with His people. The shepherd takes care of his sheep, meeting everyone of their needs, and providing protection for them in every situation. The shepherd must live with the flock, not having any personal or home life. This is what the "I AM" does for us. John further relates:
"I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine." John 10:14
The I AM knows His sheep, and His sheep know who the Great I AM is.
As we search for the Great I AM we must address one of the most misunderstood part of the Scriptures. When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He declared, "In My Father's house are many mansions. . ." Many have the mistaken idea they are going to live in some palacial palace in heaven. But the word mansion is the Greek word MONE and means "dwelling places." There are many dwelling places in the Spirit. It s how the Word of God has affected our lives. In some it has a thirty fold return, in some it has a sixty fold return, and in some it has a hundred fold return. How the I AM is assimilated into our life is where we dwell (mansions) in our Father's house. Jesus told His disciples He was going away.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." John 14:3-4
"Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?" John 14:5
Jesus' answer is very enlightening:
"Jesus saith unto Him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6
The word way means "a course of conduct and a manner of thinking, feeling, and deciding." The way is what we become when we have a change in the way we think. The only one who gives us a way to change our way of thinking is the Great I AM. As Jesus spoke to His disciples, He was the only way to come again into the presence of the Father. He is the only one who can reveal who both the Father and the Son are. Jesus explains:
"All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and He to whom the Son will reveal Him." Luke 10:22
No one can know who the Father is except the Son reveals Him. It is the same with knowing the Son. Only the I AM (the Spiritual presence of God) working in our life can reveal both the Father and the Son in our spirit. The Great I AM is the Truth. Truth is Spirit. John recorded the words of Jesus:
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come." John 16:13
We can only come into all truth when the I AM reveals all truth in our life by His Spiritual presence. It is by His revelation of the Word that we are led into all truth. By the Spirit, John reveals a wonderful promise. He will show us things to come. It is only by the Spirit that this revelation comes.
The I AM declared, "I am the life." The word life is the Greek word ZOE and means "the absolute fullness of life." This is the life God breathed into Adam. The life we now have in our mortal bodies comes from the Spirit of God. The I AM is the life in every person who dwells upon the earth. As Luke recorded in the book of Acts:
"For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring." Acts 17:28
Only by the I AM do we live and move and have our being - - - or it is only in the I AM that we exist. When Lazarus was resurrected from the dead, Jesus told Lazarus' sister Martha that her brother would rise again. Martha's answer was:
". . . I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:24
Jesus gave her the same assurance we have today:
"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 11:25
Jesus declared, "I am the resurrection and the life." It was the I AM that raised Jesus from the dead. In his letter to the Romans, Paul declared this fact:
"But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." Romans 8:11
It is the I AM that is the cleansing fire working in our lives to purify us, so that when the change that comes in the twinkling of an eye, will change our mortal bodies to immortal bodies. There can be no unrighteousness in our life to hinder that change, because as Peter recorded:
"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." I Peter 1:16
The I AM is holy and His seed, too, must be holy if we are to become part of God's resurrected life. The prophet Isaiah made a declaration about the Great I AM:
"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." Isaiah 44:6
The Great I AM is the only true God. He was the first, and He is the last. There is no other God beside Him. All other gods are false gods, and those who worship these false Gods will perish in their own corruption. This is the same declaration Jesus made to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation 22:13
We need to understand that when Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, He appeared as the risen, glorified Christ Jesus. In this, He declared Himself to be the Great I AM, the alpha and omega, the beginning of all things, and the end of all things - - - the one - - - the only God. In order to understand this we must look again to the prophet Isaiah:
"For 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, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah was not only revealing to us who Jesus was in the flesh, but who He became as Christ Jesus in the Spirit.
". . . unto us a child is born . . ."
Jesus was born of woman like any other person who ever lived on the earth. When He lived on the earth, he was the Prince of Peace. A prince is the son of a king. Jesus was the only begotten Son of the Father.
Jesus came on the Day of Pentecost as cloven tongues of fire to prepare His body so He could put His head on it. He came as the Holy Spirit, the I AM, the Spiritual anointing in our life. As the Spiritual anointing in our life, He is Wonderful and He is our Counsellor, but as Christ Jesus He is also the Everlasting Father. As the Everlasting Father and the Mighty God, He is the alpha the beginning of all things - - - and the Omega, the ending of all things. This will be when His judgment is complete upon all His creation. John recorded Jesus' words:
"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." Revelation 1:8
Jesus was, still is, and is coming again as the Almighty, the Everlasting Father, the Great I AM. Jesus gives a dire warning to all unbelievers:
"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." John 8:24
Again the word "He" is in parentheses. All those who do not believe Christ Jesus is the I Am will die in their sin. Paul made a declaration to all who believe:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
Leaving out the bracketed words which were not in the original, this Scripture reads:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
In that day! What day did the Spirit reveal to Paul? The prophet Malachi declares:
"And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not." Malachi 3:17-18
God is coming to make up His jewels. The word jewels means "His peculiar treasure or His valued property." These will be spared from the wrath of God that is coming upon the earth. The Lord is returning to those who have glorified God in their flesh.
God will judge between the righteous and the wicked, those who serve God with their whole heart, and those who do not serve Him at all. The I AM is the righteous judge. Those who know the I AM will be spared because they are His own precious sons and daughters.
The only way we can be spared is to have a personal relationship with God by and through the Holy Spirit indwelling in our life.
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