I am what God says I am
They said therefore unto him, who art thou? That we may give answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet
John 1: 23 and 24
This is about John the Baptist whose role was to prepare the way for the Messiah. When people saw him baptising they came to him to ask who he was. They wanted to understand why he was baptising people. This was not common at that time.
What strikes me when I read this scripture is how he responds to the question: who are you? He quotes exactly what was said by the prophet Isaiah: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness… This is what defined him. In other words he is saying: I am what the word of God says I am. I am not Elijah. I am not the Christ. I am not the prophet. I AM WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I AM.
What does the word of God says you are today? Go to the word. Study the word. Know who you are in Christ. And never allow anyone to rob you of what God says you are, because that is final. The word of God is the final authority.
You are a child of God, a joint heir with Jesus. You are a new creature. Old things have passed away. You are more than a conqueror… There are many more definitions of who you are.
I like what Joel Osteen says before he preaches: “This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do…”
This applies in matters of obedience also. John is saying, I do this because the Lord wants me to do it. We need to obey God even in the small details of life. The attitude should be that I do it because God said I should do it.
What did Jesus say we CAN do? You will do the things that I did and even greater. Remember the word of God is the final authority. Any other source needs further confirmation from the word.
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