He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme of more songs than all song writers combined. He never founded a college, yet all the colleges together cannot boast of as many students as He has.
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He never marshaled an army yet no leader ever had more volunteers. Great men have come and gone, yet He lives on. Herod could not kill Him. Satan could not tempt Him to sin. Death could not destroy Him. The grave could not hold Him. He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor.
He conquered death and rose on the third day as He said He would. This is a huge mistake. Being caught up is referring to My predestining and selecting. It is targeted at all those I have predestined and chosen. Those who have gained the status of firstborn sons, the status of My sons, or My people, are all people who have been caught up. Those who have a share in My house in the future are all people who have been caught up before Me.
This is absolutely true, never-changing, and cannot be refuted by anybody. This is the counterattack against Satan. Anyone I predestined shall be caught up before Me. Similarly, man conceives that Jesus shall descend, again upon a white cloud this cloud refers to the cloud that Jesus rode upon when He returned to heaven , among those who have desperately yearned for Him for thousands of years, and that He shall bear the image and clothes of the Jews. After appearing to man, He shall bestow food upon them, and cause living water to gush forth for them, and shall live among man, full of grace and love, living and real.
And so on. Yet Jesus the Savior did not do this; He did the opposite of what man conceived. He did not arrive among those who had yearned for His return, and did not appear to all men while riding upon the white cloud.
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He has already arrived, but man does not know Him, and remains ignorant of His arrival. Man is only aimlessly awaiting Him, unaware that He has already descended upon a white cloud the cloud which is His Spirit, His words, and His entire disposition and all that He is , and is now among a group of overcomers that He will make during the last days.
The words of God have come upon you. Do you hear them? God does the work of the word in the last days, and such words are that of the Holy Spirit, for God is the Holy Spirit and can also become flesh; therefore, the words of the Holy Spirit, as spoken of in the past, are the words of the incarnate God today. There are many absurd men who believe that the words of the Holy Spirit ought to come down from the heavens to the ears of man.
Any who thinks this way does not know the work of God. In truth, the utterances spoken by the Holy Spirit are those spoken by God become flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot speak directly to man, and Jehovah did not speak directly to the people, even in the Age of Law. Would it not be far less likely that He would do so in this age today? For God to speak utterances to carry out work, He must become flesh, else His work cannot accomplish His goal. Those who deny God become flesh are those who do not know the Spirit or the principles by which God works.
Those who believe that now is the age of the Holy Spirit yet do not accept His new work are those who live in vague faith. Such manner of men shall never receive the work of the Holy Spirit. Those who wish only for the Holy Spirit to directly speak and carry out His work, yet do not accept the words or work of the incarnate God, shall never be able to step into the new age or receive complete salvation from God! He looks upon all lands, and commands all things, and beholds all the words and deeds of man. I am not only the ever-present One who is near His people. I am the ever-present One near His people who delivers them, who redeems them.
And now the richness of His name starts to become visible. He is present permanently. He is not only present in the vast sense but He is near to His people, and He is near with a particular desire to redeem and deliver them. This is greatly enhanced, if you'll turn to chapter 6, in one of the most remarkable of conversations. God and Moses are still talking as Moses tries to figure out what the name of God fully means. If you have one of the newer translations it should be in all uppercase letters, all capitals.
I AM the eternal One who is near His people with a purpose of redeeming them. Isaac knows Me. I appeared to them in strength. I appeared to them in power. I appeared to them in might. They knew Me as Almighty. They knew Me as powerful.
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They didn't know Me as I AM. Yes, they knew He was the eternal God. Yes, they knew He was near, and they drew near to Him, and He to them. But what they didn't know was God the Redeemer. They didn't know that God was the Rescuer of His people. God had revealed Himself to the patriarchs in supernatural control over nature, supernatural control over history, supernatural control over people, supernatural control over events.
They saw God as El Shaddai the powerful One, but they never really knew Him as the saving God of the Covenant, the quality, the full rich quality of His name I AM was now to be revealed for the first time in its fullness. In what sense? God had never done anything like this before. And you see, God is defining what it means. Who is the I AM? The eternal One, the eternal One who comes near to His people, the eternal One who redeems them, and then, according to verse 7, who takes them for His own people, becomes their God — verse 8 — does all that that He might pour out blessing upon them.
That's the redeeming, saving God. You're not just talking about the fact that He is everlastingly existing — much more than that. He is ever near to redeem, to form a people, and to be their God for the sake of their blessedness. That is the essence of His name because that is His person. God is not just an eternal being. He is an eternal being who draws near to men because He loves them. He does not just draw near. He redeems them — not just redeems them but makes them His own people and He, their God, and then pours out endless blessing upon them.
That is who God is. And when you say I AM, all of that is summed up in that great name. Exodus chapter 6, then, is a monumental text in the definition of the very identity of God. It is a salvation name. God is a God who has come to redeem His people, who has come to make them His own and to give them a new quality of life forever. The whole saving enterprise of God is wrapped up in the name I AM. The whole redemption that God has worked out from the beginning until now is bound up in the name I AM. To know the meaning of that name is to understand God's redemptive purpose from the beginning to the end.
This is an honored name. This is an awesome name.
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This is a blessed name. And as I noted earlier, they had a choice — either fall on your face and acknowledge the God of creation and redemption, or stone this blasphemer who has the audacity to come into the temple and do this.
They made the wrong choice. He is the I AM. John loves that term. I AM the Good Shepherd. I AM the resurrection and the life. I AM the way, the truth, and the life. I AM the true vine. John, by quoting Him in all those phrases, is using those substantives to fill up the content of who the I AM is. He is the bread of life.
That is He is the One who savingly feeds the hungry soul. He is the light of the world, the One who savingly leads the sinner out of darkness into light. He is the door, the One who savingly opens the way to the Kingdom. He is the Good Shepherd, the One who, in salvation, protects and guards and feeds His flock.
He is the resurrection and the life, the way, the truth and the life. He is the true vine through whom we can produce fruit unto the glory of God. That's who the I AM is. All of those are saving titles and they fill up the content of the I AM. The Jews should have made the right choice. They made the wrong one. That is the most serious crime to be committed in the universe. And He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.
Also every sickness and every plague which not written in the book of the law, the Lord will bring on you until you are destroyed. A few years later, in 70 A. And in succeeding months, towns in Palestine were destroyed by the Romans acting as the arm of the judgment of God. You must fear this honored name, this awesome name. Before Abraham, I AM. To accomplish this redemptive purpose, as the sovereign over salvation, our Lord had to exercise power over several elements. To be the I AM and accomplish redemption, He had to exercise power, first of all, over sin.
Look at Mark chapter 2. Mark chapter 2. This is a very familiar story about four men who brought a paralytic to Jesus. The place was so crowded they couldn't get him in the door so they tore the roof off and lowered him down the roof in front of where Jesus was standing.
And do you remember when the man finally landed at the feet of Jesus on this pallet or hard bed, that Jesus saw the faith of these four men and also the paralytic?
He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone? He is either God who can forgive sins, or He is the worst blasphemer. Easy to answer. I'll tell you which is easier. It's a lot easier to say your sins are forgiven. It's easy to say. Well it's impossible to do, but it's easy to say. You do your confession; your sins are forgiven. You know why? It's easy to say your sins are forgiven because it can't be verified.
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And in verse 12, they were all amazed. You see, if He is the redeemer God, then wouldn't we expect that He could forgive sin because He'd have to forgive sin to redeem, wouldn't He? And He did. And to prove that He forgave sin, He did the hard part — He healed the man. That could be verified; the forgiveness couldn't be.
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But once you verify the authority and the power that He demonstrated in the healing, you can see the authority and the power that He expressed in the forgiveness. There's a second thing. Because men are held in bondage to damning sin. They are held captive to demons and devils. He must have power over them as well. Look at Luke, chapter 4, and let's see if He has such power.
He was teaching them on the Sabbath. They were amazed at His teaching for His message was with authority. Now there was a young man in the synagogue possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon. All demons are sinful, wicked, and unclean, but some are designated in the New Testament as unclean demons only to emphasize that they tend to produce deviant, perverted behavior.