If you believe the Bible, this is profound

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16). It may seem a bit redundant after the first one or two verses, but bear with me and read them all because it is amazing.  One of my favorite things to do is to read Isaiah 42-48.  It is remarkable how many times God refers to Himself in those chapters, but two other places are worthy of special mention as well, so I will start with them as a warmup to Isaiah.  Ex. 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.’“; Lev. 19:12, “You shall not swear by My name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”; Isa. 42:6, “I am the Lord…”; 42:8, “I am the Lord”; 43:3, “For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One…”

43:11, “I, I am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.”; 43:12, “…and I am God.”; 43:13, “Also henceforth I am He; there is none who can deliver from My hand; I work, and who can turn it back?“; 43:15, “I am the Lord, your Holy One…”; 43:25, “I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake…”; 44:6, “I am the first and I am the last; besides Me there is no god.”; 44:24, “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself…”; 45:3, “…it is I, the Lord…”; 45:5, “I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God.”; 45:6, “…there is none besides Me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.”; 45:7, “I am the Lord, who does all these things.”; 45:8, “…I the Lord have created it.”; 45:18, “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is God!), who formed the earth and made it (He established it; He did not create it empty, He formed it to be inhabited!): ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’”; “45:19, “I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.”

45:21, “Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other god besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides Me.”; 45:22, “…For I am God, and there is no other.”; 46:4, “…I am He.”; 46:9, “…for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.”; 48:12, “I am He; I am the first, and I am the last.”; 48:17, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”  In case you are interested, it is 23 times.  Now, you may be asking why I took the time to do this today.  Was I lazy and just decided to jot down some verses to fill up the space?  No, actually, it took longer to copy, paste and edit them than if I had just written an article from scratch.  The answer is in the initial verse, 2 Tim. 3:16.  If we believe that verse, we believe in the authenticity, authority, and inerrancy of the Bible.  And if we believe that, we will be struck with the repetition of something so obvious, but God had a purpose.

He was setting permanently in the minds of His people who He was.  He wanted it to be indelibly printed on their hearts and stored in the furthest reaches of their minds that He is God.  Jer. 24:7, “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”  However, the real beauty is that He tells you and me the same thing.  He is our only God, and there is no other besides Him.  And if He is real, and we know He is, His promises are real as well.  And the greatest promise is the work of Christ on the cross and the promise and assurance that the obedient Christian has a place in heaven with Him forever.

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