Who do you say that I am? This is the most important question of all time and history. Who is this man, Jesus? What are His claims? What did He do? What does He do today? As it was at that literal moment, so it is today. It takes God’s help to know who God is! It takes the ministry of the Holy Spirit to reveal to us who this glorious man Christ Jesus really is.
Upon entry into the district of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus began asking His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” Some answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist; some say Elijah; and others say, Jeremiah, or one of the other prophets.” Jesus then penetratingly, personalized the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon zealously announced, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus then said, “Blessed are you, Simon, Son of Jonah. You see, flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Some said that Jesus was John the Baptist brought back from the dead. Perhaps they saw the power of proclamation and the piercing word of knowledge in operation of Jesus’ life like that of John’s. Others saw the comparison of the miracle working power in His life as was in the life of the prophet Elijah. They saw how He had power over the natural elements of the wind and the sea and remembered how Elijah took his cloak and would part the Jordan River to cross over. Yet others reflected on his tears, compassion and intercession and perceived that He was the embodiment of the weeping prophet Jeremiah.
WHO DO I SAY HAS SENT ME?
Who are you, God? What is your name? This is a question that Moses asked as God was about to send him forth to be His prophetic ambassador. “Who are you anyway?” “How will they believe that you have sent me?” “Who will I tell has sent me?” “By the way, what is Your name?”
In Exodus 3:13 we find Moses’ question, “Now they may say to me, “What is His name?” What shall I say to them?” The following verse states, “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; … “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.’ “
Moses was familiar with Egyptian habit of having a name for every god, so he was naturally anticipating this question. He was asking ahead of time to be prepared for what was on the horizon. God’s response in Hebrew is Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh. This can be translated, I am that (who or what) I am, or perhaps, I am the self-existent One; the Eternal, the One who always has been and always will be. This is shortened to I AM here, the Ever-present and Living One. It is equivalent to Jehovah the Eternal.
Over the past years, many have taught us about the compound names of God from the Old Testament. He is Jehovah NISSI – the Lord Our Banner (Ex. 17:15). He is Jehovah TSIDKENU – The Lord Our Righteousness (Jer. 23:56). How wonderful it is that He is Jehovah SHALOM – the Lord Our Peace (Jud. 8:23). He is Jehovah ROPHE – the Lord Who Heals (Ex. 15:22-26). He has revealed Himself as our Jehovah M’KADDESH – Jehovah Who Sanctifies (Lev. 20:8). Consider the meaning of Jehovah SHAMMAH – The Lord Who Is Always There (Ezek. 48:35)! The name Jehovah JIREH tells us that God’s provision will be seen (Gen. 22). He is Jehovah ROHI – the Lord Our Shepherd (Psalm 23)! You see, His names reveal His character.
God’s presence, power, and character are all contained within His names. The Bible is full of a great variety of God’s names. Let’s take a more detailed look at them.
THE NAMES OF THE SON OF GOD
I have discovered at least 140 different names in the Old and New Testaments combined describing the Son of God. For this study I am bringing you the 100 plus majestic names from the New Testament alone. Get to know who He says that He is. Then rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal to you who Christ Jesus fully is.