The Eternal Now
Wade E Taylor
“And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to
the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The
God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they
shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I
say to them? And God said to Moses, I AM THAT
I AM: and He said, Thus shall you say to the children
of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:13-14.
Moses had turned aside to stand before a bush that burned,
but was not consumed. The Lord spoke to Him from within this
manifestation of His presence, and revealed Himself as the
One who is ever present with us, and also, as being willing
to meet with us, in our time of need.
Jesus identified Himself as the “I Am” who spoke
“Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58.”
“Jesus said to them, I am the way, the truth,
the life.” John 14:6.
Because “I am” is the noun, a verb is required.
The word “is” can be added as this verb. Therefore,
it can be said, “I am is the way, the truth, and the
Jesus, as the “I am” in the burning bush, is
expressing the eternal fact that He is the “ever present
one,” not “I was,” or “I will be.”
Rather, Jesus is a present reality who will reveal Himself
to us. When Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am,”
the Jews understood what He was saying, that He is God, and
they took up stones to kill Him.
“Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love Me,
he will keep My words: and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him, and make Our abode with
him.” John 14:23.
When we worship the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal “I
am,” we literally move out of time into eternity. Here,
all earthly problems will fade in the glow of His presence,
as the Lord works in our behalf, just as He said to Moses,
“Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh,
that you may bring forth My people, the children of
Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10.
Moses was told that the initiative would shift from him to
the Lord, and he was only required to follow. Thus, Moses
was told to remove his shoes.
Just as Moses responded to the manifestation of the presence
of the Lord and turned aside, so also, we are to “turn
aside” and stand in the presence of the eternal “I
am.” It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for
us to understand the concept of “eternity.” Here,
there is no time, and all becomes a present reality. “Time”
is our circumstances spread out, so we can act or react, thereby
making decisions that will affect us for all eternity. Thus,
time is for our benefit.
Our level of spiritual maturity, or “spirituality,”
relates to our ability to come into an active identity with
the thoughts and actions of our Lord, and then rest in His
presence as He works in our behalf. I remember John Wright
Follette saying, “I marvel at those who attempt to project
what will happen next year, or ten years from now. All that
I am capable of is to ascertain the mind of the Lord for today,
and then walk with Him in that.”
Few understand a visionary. A “visionary” does
not accomplish much because he looks past the present and
sees the future as a present reality. Thus, he cannot function
in, or relate to the present. A person who is “practical”
does not accomplish much either, as they get lost in petty
details and fail to see the bigger picture. Thus, if a visionary
and a practical person can be brought together in a right
relationship, much will be accomplished with lasting value.
If I desire to enter into an on-going deeply spiritual, yet
practical walk with the Lord, I must pray, “Lord, what
am I to say or do, that you desire at this present moment?”
And then I must wait for a “present” word from
the Lord. (“Come … and I will send you”).
“… I AM (is) the way, the truth, and the life.
No man comes
to the Father but by Me. If you had known Me, you should
have known My Father also.”
“And from hereafter you know Him, and have seen Him.
Philip says to Him, Lord, show us the Father and it
sufficed us. Jesus says to him, have I been so long time
with you, and yet have you not known Me, Philip? He
that has seen Me has seen the Father.” John 14:6-9a.
If someone should come to any one of us and say, “I
would like to see the Lord,” we should be able to say,
“If you have seen me, you have seen Jesus.” We
should live on that level of identity with Him.
Paul said, “Be you followers of me, even as I also
am of Christ.” (I Cor 11:1). He could say this because
he had died to his life and now, the life of Jesus was manifest
through his life. The word tells us, “Let this mind
be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 2:5).
The Holy Spirit lives within us, as He came to reveal Jesus
through us. To the extent that I am yielded, my life will
reflect the mind and life of Jesus.
“Verily verily I say to you, he that believes on Me,
works that I do, shall he do also and greater works than
these shall he do because I go to My Father.” John 14:10.
This “greater work” is not that we will do greater
miracles than Jesus. Rather, it is a greater work, because
it will come forth and operate as a manifestation of the corporate
Jesus in the earth, as an end-time witness. Jesus said that
unless a corn of wheat fall into the ground and dies, it abides
The biggest mistake that Satan ever made was in crucifying
Jesus. He could only be in one place at one time. Jesus not
only paid the penalty for our sin, but in resurrection, He
has become the progenitor of those who are so “dead”
to themselves, that only He can be seen.
In the new birth, we are made partakers of the divine nature.
Adam never had this. In redemption, we have come higher. Now,
“Christ” is in you. It is not just the will of
the Father being done through one person in one place at one
time, now it is the will of the Father being done in the multiplied
lives of all those who have totally submitted themselves to
Him, as the ever present “I AM.”
The “greater work” then, is the corporate expression
of his will. Jesus, “the light of the world” will
increasingly light the entire atmosphere of the world, as
His resurrection glory begins to shine out through the corporate
Body of Christ.
One lit match will make some light, but multiplied thousands
of matches together will make a brilliant light. Though each
one of us is insignificant in ourselves, there is the greater
work, because now all that Jesus did during His time on earth
will now be done corporately through a people the enemy had
defeated, but now have become the expression of His life in
The eternal “I am” is again about to be seen,
as he was by the multitudes of the past, as time unfolds into