God and the Verb “to Be”

I find it amazing that God chose to reveal Himself using various conjugations and tenses of the verb “to be.”

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Here are the 7 “I am” statements made by Jesus in the gospel of John

      • I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
      • I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)
      • I am the Door (John 10:9)
      • I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
      • 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 Vine (John 15:1,5)

If you are reading this, please post in the comment section more verses where God identifies Himself with some form or conjugation of the verb “to be.”

6 comments on “God and the Verb “to Be”

  1. Here are a few:

    John 6:51
    “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

    John 8:23
    “And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I AM from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”

    Acts 7:32
    ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look.”

    Genesis 28:13
    “And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.”

    Acts 9:5
    “And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting”

    Genesis 17:1
    “I am God Almighty;
    Walk before Me, and be blameless.”

  2. Exodus 15:26
    “And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians;
    for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

    Exodus 20:2
    “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

    Exodus 20:5
    “You shall not worship them or serve them;
    for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
    visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me”

  3. Chris, I like this, it’s like a scavenger hunt 🙂

    Leviticus 20:26
    “Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.”

    Leviticus 11:44, 45
    “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.
    For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.”

    this is kind of interesting:
    Matthew 5:48 ( Jesus talking about the Father )
    “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

  4. Some of them are repeated but I listed the references anyway to be thorough.

    Isaiah 48:12
    “Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called;
    I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.”

    Revelation 1:8
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    Revelation 1:17,18
    “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”

    Revelation 22:13
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

    Revelation 22:16
    “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things [a]for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

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