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Today's thought.

Next up-date: 8 August 1996

Query:
Response:

In verse 58 Jesus laid claim to the name of the Eternal God by saying, "Before Abraham was [born], I AM". And in another place we are told that He visited Abraham and ate a meal with him. "And the LORD appeared to him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre... and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him... and he stood by them under the tree and they did eat... And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them... but Abraham stood yet before the LORD... [and said] Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Genesis 18:1-25. Abraham knew who he was speaking to and in John 5:21-22 Jesus claimed to be that Judge. "For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens [or makes] them [alive], even so the Son quickens whom He will. For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son". His claim to be equal with God was acknowledged by the Jews when they took up stones to kill Him as a blasphemer. Verse 59.

Conclusion:

In His statement Jesus was claiming to be self-existent (I AM) and to have been in existence as the Son of God before Abraham was born. He used the title also when He was speaking with Moses at the burning bush. Exodus 3:14. The word "LORD" in capital letters, as used throughout the Bible refers to the "LORD God" of Genesis chapter 2. It was He who made Adam in verse 7, and later separated Eve from him. His position as the Creator is recognised in many verses in the New Testament. For examples, see John 1:1-5; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:12-17; Hebrews 1:1-2.

Spiritual Dictionary.

I AM:

1. A name describing the Son of God.

2. A statement which shows that Jesus the Son of God existed from eternity.

3. A claim to be the Creator of the world.

 


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