This is the first of a series of lessons on the "Great I AM". Please check back soon for the continuation.
When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, He called Himself “I AM.”
Exodus 3:14 “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.”
Jesus claimed to be the ancient I AM.
John 8:58 “Jesus said unto to them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was,
That does not reveal Jesus as an eternal son. It reveals Jesus as the physical, bodily incarnation of the lone invisible Spirit that spoke to Moses. Jesus is the EMBODIMENT of that invisible voice that spoke in the burning bush.
John 8:23 “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above; ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”
If He is not, then He is the world’s biggest liar, imposter and deceiver, because He claimed to be the ancient “I AM.” No condemnation of Him could be strong enough if Jesus is not the great “I AM.”
If Jesus is not “I AM” then the entire global “Christian” society should be condemned. However, if Jesus is the voice from the burning bush, then He is the Almighty God and Creator of the universe, the fullness of God bodily. Did Jesus adequately demonstrate that He is God?
The theological jargon for this subject is “incarnation.” Another similar term that expresses this concept is “enfleshment.” Jesus is the enfleshment of God. Jesus is the physical manifestation of the eternal Spirit Who never had a body.
From a doctrinal standpoint, the most important fact is that Jesus is NOT the enfleshment of an eternal son. Jesus is the enfleshment of the Father God!
If Jesus is only the enfleshment of a second person of a trinity (and NOT the enfleshment of the so-called “first person of the trinity” or of the “third person of the trinity”) then Jesus is NOT “the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” as the scripture claims.
Colossians 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
All of God is in Christ. Not merely one-third of God.
Some will argue that God had a body in the Old Testament. It is true that God visited men occasionally, either embodied as an angel or as a man. These manifestations were positively temporary. These manifestations are referred to as “Theophanies”.
The quickest and simplest way I know to prove my point is to ask you to imagine erasing everything in the universe that God created. Imagine eliminating EVERTHING that God created. Then you will see exactly in what form God exist. Will you find three men walking through the blackness of eternal void? I think not! You will find a single, solitary, invisible Spirit. That is God. There is no eternal trinity in eternity past. There is only a single Spirit that inhabits the infinite all in all. That Spirit is who Jesus is.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit…”
Take away the sun, moon, stars, the earth and all the firmaments. They were created.
Take away the angels. They were created.
Take away the city of Heaven with its streets of gold and the gates of pearl. That was created.
Take away the THRONE OF GOD, yes God created that, too! (Ps. 103:19)
What will you have after you erase everything God created? A perfect void inhabited by nothing but a singular, infinite, invisible, INDIVISIBLE Spirit! That is GOD!
That is NOT a body. God is NOT a body. God is a Spirit. God is a Holy Spirit. God HAS a body, but He is NOT a body.
Jesus Christ is the body of that infinite God. He is the fullness of God bodily. How else, or how better might God have revealed Himself to us than to manifest Himself in a form just like us? (The fact is that He made us after his own design for Himself.)
The Incarnation: Outside a biblical context, the word incarnation is rarely used. It is usually used allegorically, because we have no other examples of true incarnation. We speak of incarnation when an ideology is embodied in a person. A football cheerleader might be referred to as the incarnation of team spirit. A famous writer and lecturer might be called the incarnation of literary excellence. These are allegorical representations. A politician might be referred to as the incarnation of a particular political ideology or philosophy.
Among the world’s religions, you may hear the term “reincarnation” used to refer to the belief that the spirit of one who has died can be re-embodied in another form. The people of Tibet believe that there spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is the fourteenth reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. The present Dalai Lama is said to have demonstrated at the age of two years old that he was the same person as the deceased former Dalai Lama.
Our Christian belief, based on Biblical teachings, are completely incompatible with that line of thought, and we cannot embrace that claim. All spirits return to God, Jesus is the only true incarnation.
In clear contradiction to the claims of those who believe in reincarnation, God Almighty says, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die,” (Ezekiel 18:4) Upon the death of a human, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
God will dispose of each and every eternal soul according to His righteous judgment, either by eternal life in His presence, or eternal damnation. The writer of Hebrews says, “…..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”(Hebrews 9:27)
In its strictest theological context incarnation refers to the embodiment of the eternal Spirit of God within the human flesh of the man Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ we find the only true example for all time of a genuine permanent incarnation of God.