INTRODUCTION

On one of the many days that I stop to think about all that Jesus accomplished for us by living the perfect, sinless  life that we could never live, so that He could become the perfect sacrifice and atone for our sins through His death, and cause us to be justified by His resurrection, I also took time to reflect upon all the great theological terms and meanings of each word that walk us through the gospel message of man’s sinfulness and God’s redemptive plan and process of the ‘new birth.’  (John 3:3,7)    (2 Corin. 5:17) (1 Peter 1:23)   Words such as transgressions, iniquities, penal substitutionary atonement, repentance, reconciled, righteousness, sanctification, and justification.

Once again I found myself filled with deep appreciation, amazement, and gratefulness to God for all He has done to reconcile me, and all of sinful, fallen humanity with Himself; a God who is completely Holy.  He could have chosen to destroy us all, as He did once with the flood, (saving only Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives)  but instead He chose to reveal to us the depth of His amazing love and mercy that He has towards us in a way that goes beyond our comprehension.  To think that He came to dwell among us; Jesus, being God cloaked in human flesh, felt rejection, pain, anger, sorrow, grief, and all the emotions common to man, yet not once did He ever give in to His emotions and sin.   Jesus willingly took on human flesh, knowing full well what He would one day face, (Hebrews 10:1-10) and completely satisfied God’s wrath He has towards us for our sins, ‘once for all.’   (Hebrews 7:27, 9:12,26, 10:1-12,        1 Peter 3:18) And this free gift, paid with the high price of the precious blood of Jesus, can be ours, if we will admit we are sinners in need of a Savior, and are willing to turn from our sins, placing all our trust  completely and only in what Christ has already done, and making the choice to obey Him out of love in response to true repentance.

As I reflected upon the fact that the righteousness of Jesus now covers me, (and those who have placed their trust completely in what Jesus has already done for us when He took God’s wrath upon Himself for our sins when He died in our place on the cross—a truth that I feel needs to be repeated, so that all will come to understand it’s all because of what Christ has already done and not anything we could ever do) I also thought about who I am now, (and who we all can be), because of Christ…

Because of what Jesus has done, I am forgiven, I am at peace, I am redeemed, I am righteous, I am justified, I am sanctified, I am holy.  But at the end of the day, I am still a sinner only saved by grace, continually being conformed into the image of Christ by being refined through many trials, and transformed by renewing my mind with the truth of His Word.

As those thoughts went through my mind that brought joy to my heart and praise to God for all He has done and for who I am now because of Christ, the term ‘I am’ then came to mind in a different way that filled my heart with a righteous anger.  I am referring to those who are involved in the ‘new age’/’new spirituality’ movement, and are attempting to hijack the term ‘I am,’ giving it a new meaning that completely contradicts Biblical Christianity, because they believe they can ‘get in touch with their own divinity,’ as well as those who have similar beliefs, and yet consider themselves to be Christians, but have strayed from Biblical Christianity by becoming involved in the mystical contemplative practices of the ’emergent church.’  Sadly, these Christians are settling for a counterfeit, instead of experiencinging God in His Word and discovering for themselves just how very real He can be as He reveals Himself to them (and to us) through His Word, that is “living and active,’ … ‘able to judge the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts,’ (Hebrews 4:12) as well as being God’s truth that gives us spiritual discernment, so we can  ‘test the words of men who claim to speak for God, so we know if what is being said is true.’  (Acts 17:11)  So I decided to also work that thought (the impossibility of sinful man ever achieving ‘godhood’), into the end of the following poem as well.

There is only one God, and He will give His glory to no one else.  We cannot allow ourselves or others, to fall for the lie that started in the Garden of Eden, when Satan deceived Eve by telling her, “…your eyes will be opened and you will be like God…” We must take a stand for Biblical truth, and continue to ‘earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.’  (Jude 3)  We cannot remain silent and allow other believers to fall for these deceptive practices that lead them away from Biblical truth and the Living God.  We must lovingly, yet firmly warn them of the occultic roots of these practices, share God’s Word with them, and pray that God will reveal the truth to them that will set them free from deception.

Then I thought about the many passages of Scripture where Jesus declares:

  • I am-  The Bread of Life – John 6:35
  • I am – The Light of the world – John 8:12
  • I am – The Door/Gate – John 10:7,9
  • I am – The Good Shepherd – John 10:11
  • I am – The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25
  • I am – The Way, and the Truth, and the Life – John 14:6
  • I am – The True Vine – John 15:1 

Then one of the many verses where Jesus declares His divinity came to my mind…”Before Abraham was born, I am!”  That Scripture gave me the main idea for the following poem… to contrast the truth — that we are nothing but sinners in need of a Savior, and can only be saved by the grace and mercy of God, and become a new creation in Christ by being transformed by His Holy Spirit, — with the ‘new age’ lie — that ‘we can evolve to a higher state of consciousness, and achieve godhood, becoming ‘one with God,’ and therefore say,  “I Am.”  Such a statement could never be considered Biblical Christianity, but rather blasphemy instead!

God bless you, and thank you very much for stopping by to read my poems.  : ) 

 SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON (MORE TO COME)

“Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.  But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  (Isaiah 53:4-6)

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”  (Romans 4:25)

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance , character, and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.  You see at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him.  For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled,  shall we be saved through His life!  Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”    (Romans 5:1-11)

“But the gift is not like the tresspass.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many.  Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man, the many will be made righteous.”  (2 Corinthians 5:15-19) 

“As it is written:  “There is no one righteous; not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”  Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”  “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”  “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”  “…the way of peace they do not know.”    “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather through the law we become conscious of sin.  But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.  He did this to demonstrate His justice , because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–He did this to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus”  (Romans 3:10-20)

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in the accordance with the richness of God’s grace.”  (Ephesians 1:7)

“But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”  (Ephesians 2:13)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight without blemish and accusation– if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. ”  (Colossians 1:15-23)

“Unlke the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.  He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself.”  (Hebrews 7:27)

“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by the means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially clean sanctify them so they are outwardly clean.  How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.”  “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  (Hebrews 9:11-14,22) 

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.  Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as man is destines to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”  (Hebrews 9:24-28)

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  (Hebrews 10:10)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”  (1 Peter 3:18)

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy complete.  This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claimed we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word has no place in our lives.”  (1 John 1:1-10) 

“I am the LORD; that is My name!  I will not give My glory to another or my praise to idols.”  (Isaiah 42:8)

I AM

I am – a sinner, only saved by grace,

Cleansed by the blood of Jesus, no more guilt or shame upon my face,

I am – at peace with God, His wrath now satisfied for sin,

My conscience  is now clean, and I am at rest within,

I am – justified, it’s just as if I had never committed any wrong,

I am – overwhelmed with thankfulness, my heart cries out to Him in praise and song…

I am – redeemed, You bought me back as Your own,

You gave Your life in place of mine, and now You reign in glory upon Your throne,

I am – righteous, the perfect life You lived now covers me,

Sin has lost its deathly grip, I am forgiven and have been set free,

I am – sanctified, continually being made holy in how I think and in what I do,

Your grace gives me the strength to say ‘no’ to my flesh, and Your Spirit helps me

 to follow through,

I am – a wretched sinner, I am reminded every time I fail,

But by Your grace alone I stand, and in Your strength I will prevail,

I am – not God, nor shall I ever be,

I am – just a sinner who is grateful for all You have done to set me free.

 

Copyright©2011 Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

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