While Moses was at the burning bush, God told Moses when asked that he was simply, I Am.
Probably the most succinct words in the bible that are recorded are connected with this: Before Abraham was I am.
In fact, during this period, God’s name was forbidden to be spoken. His name was unpronounceable. Any image or engraved image of God was also forbidden. Moreover, until the advent of Jesus, God was completely elusive to most men. Either a High Priest or a prophet alone had access to the Creator.
In a word and in more ways in one, Jesus personified God. Appearing on this earth in the flesh and walking as a human, Christ provided direct evidence as to the actual characterization of God’s spirit.
Any honest Bible reader will denote that it appears that a different God was described in the Old Testament as opposed to the New Testament.
The Old Testament appears to illustrate an at times, irate God who zapped anyone who defied His decrees.
Jesus set our relationship with our creator straight: “And a new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you as you love one another.”
And in still another passage he tells us the greatest of all commandments, which we are to: “Love your God with all your heart all your strength and all your soul.”
Too, we witness with Christ a discipline in his message. We are to love, forgive, to serve to strive for perfection: to do all the things He did while he was here on earth.
So then, we see a relationship between God and Man rather than one of mere rules of obedience. This is also targeted as we learn our relationship with God is mostly one that concerns the matters of the Heart.
Insomuch we answer that Christ is the Son of the Living God in reply to His question: Who do you say that I am?
The answer is different when it comes to us.
It is not so much as who we say WE are, it is who we say our neighbor is and how we treat them. In other words, our relationship to our neighbor defines who we truly are, not merely who we say we are.
If as Christians we fail to love, then that is our true testament to the world and to Heaven and to our God that we serve through Jesus the Christ.
The essence of this is that our neighbors, our brothers are Christ’s church. We the single Christian cannot be greater than the sum of the whole. Only Jesus as High Priest of His church can qualify for that.
Our singular substance is proven, is substantiated only by our acts toward our neighbor. For you see our actions should not be for the concern of ourselves, but for them. I attest that this is the true nature of God for we are commanded to love one another.
No, this doesn’t eliminate our importance, but it does mark who we are in importance to the larger scheme and that agenda is one that includes as many as possible to be save unto salvation.
Following Jesus in this way indicates we are to submit to our brothers and to be servants to all.
Jesus, directly to his disciples said: “And servants I don’t call you, for a servant knows not what his Master does, but friends, I call you.
Thus, as Jesus, we are His friend, but as he did accordingly, are servants to others. Consequently, being known for our love, when standing with Jesus as he awaits at the gap, once it is declared: “Who do you say I am?”
The response of Jesus and his angels will be: You are God’s Friend.