In the last several weeks we have rehearsed several of John’s “I Am” statements Jesus Christ declared with the desire of Paul as our heart’s cry –
Our Prayer to the Resurrection and the Life:
“That I may know him …
H. Spurgeon wrote –
- “They tell me he is a refiner, that he cleanses from spots; he has washed me in his precious blood, and to that extent I know him.
- They tell me that he clothes the naked; he hath covered me with a garment of righteousness, and to that extent I know him.
- They tell me that he is a breaker, and that he breaks fetters, he has set my soul at liberty, and therefore I know him.
- They tell me that he is a king and that he reigns over sin; he hath subdued my enemies beneath his feet, and I know him in that character.
- They tell me he is a shepherd: I know him for I am his sheep.
- They say he is a door: I have entered in through him, and I know him as a door.
- They say he is food: my spirit feeds on him as on the bread of heaven, and, therefore, I know him as such.” (found in Blue letter Bible site under David Guzik commentaries)
We can know, experience, draw near to Jesus Christ in each of the mentioned identities. We can also know him as the resurrection and the life as we grow in the knowledge of the power of his resurrection.
Our Prayer to know –
the power of his resurrection …”
By your power we have new life, a life in Christ and Christ the Spirit in us. Fill us with your power.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit …
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;
but they that are after the spirit the things of the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:4,5
By your power in us, may we bear the image and testimony of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
“But we all, with open face
beholding in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord …
ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 1:8
May sin no longer rule in our hearts but may your Spirit of righteousness be our rule.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:
but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you…
The Promise of the Resurrection and the Life:
“For our conversation is in heaven;
We have been translated from this world’s kingdom into the kingdom of our Lord. We may not live there yet, but we live in its resurrection power – the power that gives us victory over sin and death.
from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
He lives. He has returned to the Father for awhile but is preparing to bring us to where He is. The resurrection power guarantees as He lives so shall we – forever with him. Take comfort in his words.
who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,
And when we see him our body of flesh will be changed in a “moment, the twinkling of an eye.” We will receive a body like his own.
according to the working whereby he is able
even to subdue all things unto himself.
It is the power of the Spirit of Christ in us that works in us to make us ready to stand before the Father. He subdued the power of sin and has given us his righteousness. By the power of the resurrection we are made acceptable in Christ to the Father.
This is God’s promise to us and if we allow the words to saturate our hearts, they will burst with praise.
Our Praise to the Resurrection and the Life:
May we join with heaven –
“Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing …
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth …
As thou hast given him power over all flesh,
that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal,
that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent …
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord,
who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry …
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,
be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Revelation 5:12; Matthew 28:18; John 17:2,3; 1Timothy 1:12,17.
C. H. Spurgeon shared several ways he knew Christ. How do you know the “I Am” of John’s gospel? Which “I Am” do you desire to know more?