Name of God: I AM

Published on Feb 17, 2023
Category: Names of God

Exodus 3:14 – God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”

God revealed Himself to Moses as I AM. Some truths we learn from this name of God:

  • God has no equal: “There is no equivalent for God but God. If you place God on the one side of your symbol of equation (=), there is nothing to put on the other but Himself.” (Meyer)
  • God is eternal and unchanging: God told Moses His name was I AM because God simply is, there never was a time that God did not exist or a time when He will cease to exist. God simply is
  • God does not need anything or anybody: The name I AM implies that God is completely independent. He relies on nothing for life or existence (Isaiah 40:28-29; John 5:26).
  • Jesus identified Himself as the voice from the bush: Jesus took on this divine title I AM repeatedly during His ministry including the famous seven I AM we find in the gospels

The consistency of God through the Bible is just another reason to trust in God and His eternal Word. 

Seven I AM Jesus identified Himself with

Jesus said I AM

  1. The bread of life (John 6:35)
  2. The door (John 10:7)
  3. The resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
  4. The light of the world (John 8:12)
  5. The way the truth and the life (John 14:6)
  6. The Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
  7. The true Vine (John 15:1)
Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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