All Bible texts are from the King James Version
In this study we will look at who called Himself "I AM", and what the "I AM" will do for those who love and obey Him, and those who do not love and disobey Him.
Firstly who is "I AM"?
"And God said unto Moses, *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* the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8.
"For *I am* the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee." Isaiah 43:3.
"*I am* the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King." Isaiah 43:15.
"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 44:24.
"Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; *I am* the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go." Isaiah 48:17.
These Scriptures tell us that "I AM" is the name of the Lord God, the Creator, Saviour and Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, and who brought the children of Israel up out of Egyptian slavery into the promised land of milk and honey. But none of them specifically state that "I AM" is Jesus. To show this we need to look at a few more Scriptures.
"And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him . . . " John 20:28, 29.
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:" Ephesians 3:9.
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13.
"Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob." Isaiah 60:16.
Thomas called Jesus, "My Lord and my God"; Paul in Ephesians says He created all things making Jesus the Creator; in Titus Paul calls Jesus "our Saviour"; and Isaiah says that the Lord is "they Saviour and they Redeemer, the might one of Jacob" (Jacob's name was changed to Israel.
So putting all these texts together we can clearly see that some of the different names / titles for the One person are:-
The Holy One of Israel
the Creator of Israel
Now that we have identified who "I AM" is, let us have a look at what He will do for those who love and obey and those who do not love and disobey Him.
"After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: *I am* thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." Genesis 15:1.
"And, behold, *I am* with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of." Genesis 28:15.
"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for *I am* the LORD that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26.
"For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for *I am* gracious." Exodus 22:27.
"Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that *I am* the LORD that doth sanctify you." Exodus 31:13.
"For *I am* the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for *I am* holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Leviticus 11:44.
"But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: *I am* the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people." Leviticus 20:24.
"Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, *I am* thy salvation." Psalm 35:3.
"Be still, and know that *I am* God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10.
"*I am* the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it." Psalm 81:10.
"Fear thou not; for *I am* with thee: be not dismayed; for *I am* thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10.
"And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that *I am* the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." Isaiah 49:23.
"Be not afraid of their faces: for *I am* with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 1:8.
"Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for *I am* merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever." Jeremiah 3:12.
"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." Jeremiah 9:24.
"And I will give them an heart to know me, that *I am* the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart." Jeremiah 24:7.
"Behold, *I am* the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27.
"And they shall know that *I am* the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them." Ezekiel 6:10.
"And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that *I am* the LORD that smiteth." Ezekiel 7:9.
"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." Ezekiel 12:25.
"Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that *I am* the LORD that sanctify them." Ezekiel 20:12.
"*I am* the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;
And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that *I am* the LORD your God." Ezekiel 20:19, 20.
"And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and *I am* your God, saith the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 34:31.
"And ye shall know that *I am* the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves," Ezekiel 37:13.
"For *I am* the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Malachi 3:6.
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for *I am* meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29
"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.
"*I am* that bread of life." John 6:48.
"*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.
"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 8:12.
"*I am* one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me." John 8:18.
"And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; *I am* from above: ye are of this world; *I am* not of this world.
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 8:23, 24.
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, *I am*." John 8:58.
"As long as *I am* in the world, *I am* the light of the world." John 9:5.
"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, *I am* the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
*I am* the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: *I am* come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
*I am* the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:7-11.
"*I am* the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." John 10:14.
"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.
"*I am* come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." John 12:46.
"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.
"Believest thou not that *I am* in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Believe me that *I am* in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." John 14:10, 11.
"*I am* the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman." John 15:1.
"*I am* the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5.
"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.
Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:" John 18:5-8.
"Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that *I am* a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice." John 18:37.
"*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.
"*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 1:18.
"And he said unto me, It is done. *I am* Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:6.
May the great "I AM", the Lord, thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour, the Creator of Israel, thy Redeemer, Jesus Christ bless you.
© S. D. Goeldner
© S. D. Goeldner, February, 2011. Last updated August, 2017.
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