The “I Am” Series: The Conclusion

The eighth “I am” statement is a series of statements throughout the ConclusionGospel of John (4:26; 8:24, 28, 58; 13:13, 19; 3:14; 18:5-6, 8).[1] These “I am” statements are also of crucial importance, since “I am” is the Old Testament name of God (cf. Ex. 3:14-15; frequently in Is. 40-66: e.g., 41:4; 43:10-13, 25; 45:18; 51:12; 52:6).[2] The use of “I am” statements involves a divine self-reference on the part of Jesus.[3] By using “I am” Jesus is identifying Himself as Yahweh.

John recorded Jesus using an emphatic “I am” to bring out important teachings about His person; that He is God.[4] In this series is posts, we looked at the two groups of “I am” statements; one group Jesus adds a predicate to His “I am” (i.e. “I am the Good Shepherd”), while in the other group, the “I am” stands by itself.[5] The main purpose for the Gospel of John is to show Jesus to be God. John records eight signs that point to Jesus’ divine power. John gives us several witnesses: John the Baptist; the Samaritan woman; Moses; the Father; Jesus himself, including His works; the Holy Spirit; the disciples; and the Apostle John himself. John also gave the eight “I am” statements. All these support the notion that Jesus is in fact the Messiah and the Son of God.[6]

 

 

 

[1] Elmer Towns, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), xiv.

[2] Andreas J. Kostenberger, Encountering John. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1999), 261.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Leon Morris, Jesus is the Christ: Studies in the Theology of John. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989), 107.

[5] Ibid, 109.

[6] Andreas J. Kostenberger, Encountering John. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1999), 32.

 

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