Meta. I AM is God's name in man; it is Jehovah, the indwelling Christ, the true spiritual man whom God made in His image and likeness. The outer, manifest man is the offspring of the I AM, or inner spiritual man. By use of I AM we link ourselves with outer seemings--or we make conscious union with the Father, with Spirit, with abiding life, wisdom, love, peace, substance, strength, power, Truth, the kingdom of the heavens within us.
The I AM always assures us that the preponderance of power is with the spiritual. Fear throws dust in our eyes and hides the mighty spiritual forces that are always with us. Blessed are those who deny ignorance and fear, and affirm the presence and power of the I AM. They behold the "mountain" (exaltation) "full of horses" (powerful forces) and "chariots of fire" (life energies) round about "Elisha" (spiritual I AM). (See II Kings 6:8-23.)
The I AM can also be explained as the metaphysical name of the spiritual self, as distinguished from the sensate self. One is governed by God; the other, by self. Christ is the Scriptural name for spiritual I AM. Jesus called it the Father. It is the Father of the personal will, and a conscious unity between the two must finally be made to preserve the oneness of creation. That is what is meant by the phrase, "he that doeth the will of my Father." We must do the very will of God in our will, which is virtually to surrender the whole man to God.
Spiritual character is the rock foundation of being. Build yourself into God and you will find yourself in heaven right here on earth. Let go the little self and take hold of the big Self: "Not my will, but thine, be done." The I AM of each individual is the will in its highest aspect. The will may be said to be the man, because it is the directive power that decides the character formation--which makes what we call individuality. (See CHRIST, JESUS, JEHOVAH, and JOSHUA.)
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