“Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)
It is argued that since Jesus says, “I am,” he is alluding to the divine name, thereby in effect telling the Jews that he is “Very God”.
The problem occurs when verse 28 is pulled out of its context. To properly understand what Jesus said in verse 28 one needs to read the preceding verses:
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Author: Philip P. Kapusta
Keywords: I am, Trinity, God the Son, before Abraham, Before Abraham Was, Before Abraham Was I am, Existed before Abraham, Jesus existed before Abraham, Before Abraham, Pre-existence, Pre-existence of Jesus, Pre-existence of Christ, Preexistence, Preexistence of Jesus, Preexistence of Christ, Preincarnate word, pre incarnate word, Jesus' preexistence, Christ's preexistence, Jesus' pre-existence, Christ's pre-existence, Jesus was in the beginning, Christ was in the beginning, Jesus used God's divine name, Jesus is Yahweh
Bible reference(s): John 8:23-24, John 8:28, John 8:58
Source: Philip P. Kapusta
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