I Am God — I Am Jesus

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I Am God-I Am Jesus

Alpha and Omega
Author of Life
Bread from Heaven
Bread of Life
Chief Shepherd
Consolation of Israel
Faithful & True Witness
Good Shepherd
Heir of All Things
High Priest
Holy & Righteous One
Holy One of Israel
Horn of Salvation
King of the Jews
Lamb of God
Last Adam
Light of the World
Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Lord of All
Lord of lords & King of kings
Lord of Glory
Man of Sorrow
Morning Star
Passover Lamb
Perfecter of Your Faith
Prince of Peace
Resurrection & Life
Righteous One
Ruler of my Father’s Creation
Son of the Most High
Spiritual Rock
Son of Man
Son of David
Way, Truth, & Life
The Word
Indescribable Gift
I Am God
I Am Jesus

God’s Holy Spirit Keeps Us from Sinning

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“I am the one who takes away the sin of the world. My blood cleanses you from all sin. If you confess your sins, I am faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all wickedness. You know that you have come to me if you keep my commands. The one who says, “I know Jesus,” but does not do what I command is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Whoever claims to live in me must walk as I walked. I came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, not cast them aside.

“If you love me, keep my commands. Anyone who breaks the least of my commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of your religious leaders you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

“Through me the law of the Spirit — who gives life — set you free from sin. Through the renewal of my Holy Spirit you are saved. Your body — once ruled by sin — is now dead so that you are no longer a slave to sin. Though you once desired to do what is good, you could not carry it out. So why are you still trying to rely on your flesh to make you holy? I say to you: live according to my Spirit and you will put to death the misdeeds of your body.

“You are controlled by my Spirit if you allow ME to reign in you. Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not allow my Spirit to rule your body? If I reside in you and you remain in me, your body is dead to sin. If you will but live by my Spirit, you will put to death the misdeeds of your body. If you live by your flesh, you will breath into life the misdeeds of your body and die.

“If you sin, I do not condemn you. Guilt, blame, and shame comes from the one who accuses you — your enemy. So why do you condemn yourself? Rather, repent, confess your sins, and ask to be filled with my Spirit. If you could have kept the Law on your own there would have been no need for me to come. But now that I have come — if my Spirit reigns in you — you are set free from sin. I say again: You are not bound to sin. Therefore, go and allow my Spirit to rule in your body so that you may leave your life of sin.” — Jesus

John 1:29, 1 John 1:7-10, Romans 8:2 , Luke 6:46, Matthew 5:17-20, Titus 3:4-6, Romans 8:13, Romans 7:18, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:21, John 8:11

“I am the Lord, Yahweh” — Jesus

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“If you have seen me, you have seen the Father, for the Father and I are one. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with my Father, and the Word was my Father. The Father and I are one and I am his Word. I was with my Father in the beginning.

“Through me all things were made; without me nothing was made that has been made. In me is life, and that life was the light of all mankind. As I was with Moses, so I am with you; If you will receive me, I will never leave you nor forsake you.

“I am the Lord, Yahweh. I appeared to Abraham near the trees of Mamre. Though a scorching day, Abraham sat at the entrance of his tent as if anxious for a stranger to visit. That day we spoke as friends, for though he only knew my voice, I knew Abraham from before time. While my angels and I enjoyed curds, milk, and a young calf, Abraham looked on, wondering why the Lord of the universe had paid him a visit.

“As we prepared to leave, I looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah, for I knew their sin had become great. I turned to Abraham and instructed him to keep the way of the Lord, to do what is right and just. To my friend Abraham I promised great blessings if only he would obey my words.

“You see me as the son of Joseph and Mary—a savior born of water and the Spirit—and indeed, I am. But before my birth in Bethlehem, before Abraham was born, I was.

“I appeared to Isaac at Beersheba. I wrestled with Jacob near the ford of Jabbok. With Moses I would not let him see my face, for no one can see my glory and live. Later Moses did see my glory, for while I was praying with Peter, James and John, my face changed, and my clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. If you search the Scriptures, you will find that I am, was, and will be always and forever, for I am the Lord your God, King of the Universe, who performed miracles in days of old—and still work miracles for those who ask. My name is Jesus, Joshua, Yahweh, “I am,” and “I will be.” And I will be with you forever if only you will welcome me into your tent.” — Jesus

John 1:1-4, John 14:9, Joshua 1:5, John 1:1-4, Genesis 18, Luke 9:28–36

The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

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The Kingdom of Heaven is Near“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. Pray like this: ‘My Father in heaven, holy is your name and holy are you. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’  On that day, whatever you ask in my name, will be done for you. In this way I glorify my Father. So ask for the kingdom of heaven to come near. For where my Father’s kingdom is at work, the sick are healed, the dead are raised, those who are unclean are cleansed and demons flee. On the day when my Father’s kingdom is at work among you, all that you need, my Father will provide.” — Jesus


Matthew 4:17, Matthew 6:9-10, John 14:13

Jesus Is the Bread of Life

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Jesus Is the Bread of Life“You have heard it said: ‘You shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of my Father.’

“My Father humbles you in order to test and see if you will obey his words. It is he who causes you to hunger. He then feeds you in order that you will learn to live on his every word. My Father nourishes you with knowledge and understanding of him. For this reason he sent me, for I am the bread of life, the bread made without yeast. I am the fulfillment of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. My Father said to Moses, ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap the harvest, wave the first sheaf before the Lord.’ I am the first grain of the new harvest: I am the first fruits to the Lord, the seed that fell and now is first sheaf of the new harvest. I am the one buried dead and risen alive. Because I am the living bread that comes down from heaven, whoever feeds my words and those of my Father will never go hungry. Come now and be filled so that both your body and soul will prosper.” — Jesus

Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3, Jeremiah 3:15, John 6:50-51, Leviticus 23:4-11

Paul’s “Thorn In My Flesh”

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An Expanded View of How to Understand Paul’s Thorn

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God: I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness, but you are already putting up with a little foolishness.

For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or you receive a different spirit from our Lord’s Holy Spirit, or you accept a different gospel from the gospel we preach, you prove that your minds are led astray.

I may not be a trained speaker like some, but I do have knowledge. Was I wrong to keep from being a burden to you? Was it a sin for me to lower myself in your eyes in order to cut the ground from under those false apostles and deceitful workmen who masquerade as apostles of Christ? Remember, Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, that Satan’s servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.

Let no one take me for a fool. My concern is for all the churches. Who among you is weak, and I do not myself feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I myself do not inwardly burn with sin?

I could boast of the surpassingly great revelations I saw, but instead I will gladly boast in my weakness for you in order that Christ’s power may rest on me. For I do not wish for anyone to think more highly of me than is warranted. Even if I should boast, I would be speaking the truth.

To keep me humble, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, an angel of Satan—a messenger of Satan to torment me.

My brothers, I remind you, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I know what is written in the Law and the Prophets and I remind you of how in the past others became “thorns in the flesh” to my people.

“Because you have disobeyed me, I will not drive out your enemies before you. They will be thorns in your sides. Their gods will be a snare to you.” (Judges 2:3) Are you not becoming ensnared by the lies of these false apostles?

“Because you allied yourself with the nations around you, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes.” (Joshua 23:13) Are you not even now blinded by those masquerading as light?

“Because you did not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allowed to remain became barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They gave you trouble.” (Numbers 33:55) Am I not now troubled by those deceitful workmen who preach the gospel for profit?

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take away the “thorn in my flesh.” But Christ said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness for you, in order that Christ’s power may rest on me. For the sake of my Lord, I delight in insults, hardships, persecutions, difficulties, and yes, even in my weakness for all the churches.

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. With regard to the gospel, he and Hymenaeushave shipwreck their faith. I have handed both over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme. (2 Timothy 4:14, 1 Timothy 1:19-20)

Since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me, on my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others. Chris is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

If I have made a fool of myself, you drove me to it.
2 Corinthians 11-13, Acts 22:3

Twice Paul goes about healing others. Only once do we read of Paul suffering from an illness. Paul may have dealt with poor eyesight—getting hit in the head with rocks during a stoning could have that affect—but only in rare cases (blindness) is poor eyesight (Galatians 4:15, Galatians 6:11) called an affliction.

God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. (Acts 19:11-12)

“You know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself.” (Galatians 4:13)

And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. (Acts 28:8)

If Paul did, in fact, suffer in a physical sense, let’s examine the cause, symptoms, condition, and outcome of his affliction.

Cause: “To keep me from becoming conceited.”
Symptoms: “weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, difficulties”
Condition: “torment”
Outcome: “delight, weakness”
Judge for yourself if you can identify a physical condition that is caused by a vain and proud attitude—one that results in significant difficulties, persecutions, hardships, insults, and weakness and leaves you feeling tormented. An affliction that, despite all of these negative effects, becomes a source of delight. Does this describe your sickness, affliction, condition? If not, perhaps it is time to consider that Paul used the phrase “thorn in my flesh” to reference how those who insult and ridicule us will always be in our midst and that in Christ we have enough grace to ignore their barbs without lashing out. Rather, let us pray for those who persecute us.

Use of the Word Angel in the New Testament

Only in 2 Corinthians 12:7 “a messenger of Satan” is ἄγγελος (angelos) translated “messenger.” In all other cases the word is translated as angel. Never in Scripture is ἄγγελος used to reference a physical affliction.

Matthew 1:20
Matthew 1:24
Matthew 2:13
Matthew 2:19
Matthew 28:2
Matthew 28:5
Luke 1:11
Luke 1:13
Luke 1:19
Luke 1:26
Luke 1:30
Luke 1:35
Luke 1:38
Luke 2:9
Luke 2:10
Luke 22:43
John 5:4
John 12:29
Acts 5:19
Acts 7:30
Acts 8:26
Acts 10:7
Acts 12:7
Acts 12:8
Acts 12:10
Acts 12:15
Acts 12:23
Acts 23:9
Acts 27:23
(Only in 2 Corinthians 12:7 is this word translated “messenger”)
GRK: τῇ σαρκί ἄγγελος Σατανᾶ ἵνα
NAS: in the flesh, a messenger of Satan
KJV: in the flesh, the messenger of Satan
INT: for the flesh a messenger of Satan that
Galatians 1:8
Galatians 4:14
Revelation 8:3
Revelation 8:5
Revelation 8:8
Revelation 8:10
Revelation 8:12
Revelation 9:1
Revelation 9:13
Revelation 10:5
Revelation 11:15
Revelation 14:8
Revelation 14:9
Revelation 14:15
Revelation 14:17
Revelation 14:18
Revelation 14:19
Revelation 17:7
Revelation 18:21

Your Bridegroom Calls To You

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Your Bridegroom Calls To You

“My friend, hear what I am saying to you. The hour has come for you to hear my Good News. The Kingdom of my Father, the promise long prophesied by those who anticipated my coming, is whispered in hushed tones and shouted from rooftops. I stand at your doorstep. With great love, I implore you to turn from your transgressions and come to me. Hear this Good News: my light of redemption shines upon you. Allow me to wash away your sins. May you welcome the warmth of my love and let my Spirit fill your soul. You have been waiting your whole life for the arrival of my grace and salvation. Do not let this moment pass without sharing in my joy. My prayer for you is that we may become one together this day.” -— Your bridegroom, Jesus

Mark 1:15