My purpose is always to make these studies easily understood by you the reader. However Jesus is greater than our understanding. Who He is, what He is doing, and what He is going to do is mind boggling. Do not let that dismay you, but rejoice that our Savior is great and magnificent! He is able to accomplish all that He has promised. He is absolutely trustworthy. Glory to Him— our Lord and our Savior!
Jesus said I AM:
- ….the Bread of Life
- ….the Light of the World
- ….the Way, the Truth, and the Life
- ….the Door
- ….the Good Shepherd
- ….the Resurrection and the Life
- ….the True Vine
The words in the original Biblical language translated “I Am” in the above passages are the exact ones used in the passage below:
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad. The Jews therefore said unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was born, I am. They took up stones therefore to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.”
(John 8:56-59 ASV)
Question: Why did the Jews take up stones to throw at Jesus?
“Was, I am (γενέσθαι, ἐγώ εἰμι)
It is important to observe the distinction between the two verbs. Abraham’s life was under the conditions of time, and therefore had a temporal beginning. Hence, Abraham came into being, or was born (γενέσθαι). Jesus’ life was from and to eternity. Hence the formula for absolute, timeless existence, I am (ἐγώ εἰμι).” (Vincent’s Word Studies)
“Before Abraham was, I am — The words rendered ‘was’ and ‘am’ are quite different. The one clause means, ‘Abraham was brought into being’; the other, ‘I exist.’ The statement therefore is not that Christ came into existence before Abraham did…, but that He never came into being at all, but existed before Abraham had a being; in other words, existed before creation, or eternally (as John_1:1). In that sense the Jews plainly understood Him, since ‘then took they up stones to cast at Him,’ just as they had before done when they saw that He made Himself equal with God (Joh_5:18).” (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
(Exodus 3:13-14 ASV)
In the following studies we will examine the I Am of the Old Testament. We will deal briefly with the doctrine of the Trinity. We will see and rejoice in Christ our Savior and Lord. We will be amazed by His love and His grace!
Scripture used in this study is from The American Standard Version, Copyright, 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons