In the Old Testament, the angel of the Lord is Jesus before he took on flesh and became a man.
In Judges 13 the angel of the Lord appears to Manoah’s wife, the mother of Samson. He tells her that even though she was barren she is going to have a son and what she should do. The angel of the Lord appears a second time. This time Manoah sees him and asks him if he is the man who spoke to his wife. The angel of the Lord says “I am.”
How interesting that this was the angel of the Lord’s response. Jesus declares himself I Am in John’s Gospel. For, I Am is the name of God. It is Jehovah or Lord in the Bible. I Am means that Jesus is ever present, eternally self-existent. While there are many promises of and about Jesus in the Bible (e.g. I will deliver you), Jesus as the I Am name is a fact. I Am is not a promise but a reality, a truth, a fact.
The verb “is” is the same as “am.” “Is” is a statement of fact too. To say He is is just like saying I am. When we say “He is my strength” or “He is my deliverer”, we are stating the ever present reality and truth of who and what Jesus is. There is nothing we can add to or take away from that fact. He is. When we simply put our trust, belief, and faith in these facts of Jesus, in these truths of Jesus, in His name, then we have what He is. It is ours. No struggle. No effort of the will. No striving. We just receive Him.
Check out Hebrews 11:6. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Notice how the writer says “He is” because the author is writing about God (and Jesus).
But, what if God were saying that verse directly? It would read, “And without faith it is impossible to please me, for he who comes to me must believe that I am and that I am a rewarder of those who seek me.”
And, what if I were repeating this truth back to God, perhaps in prayer? I would say, “And without faith is impossible to please you, for he comes to you must believe that you are and that you are a rewarder of those who seek you.”
The facts of Jesus – I Am, He Is, You Are. Look at the fact of that verse. Meditate on it.
This was blowing my mind last night as I read a fantastic little book called Victory in Christ by Charles Trumbull. I highly recommend it.