I Am....I Am Essay

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Liberty University I Am …. I Am A paper submitted to Dr. Brent Kelly In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements For Bibl323 Liberty University Online By Graham L. Inge Lynchburg, Virginia March 6, 2011 All of the “I am” statements in John are of great significance; however the most prominent statement is when Jesus specifically makes the claim that he is God or the Messiah. Jesus used this when speaking with the woman at the well, when speaking with the Pharisees on multiple occasions and in the upper room when he is revealing himself to the disciples. Each time that Christ used this instance of “I am” He was making a general statement that directly told those to whom He was speaking to that He was the Messiah. The best place to start when looking at any of these statements where Jesus used the words “I am” is in the Old Testament. God used this very name for himself when asked by Moses who should I say that sent me God replied with tell them I am has sent you. Matthew Henry says this of the statement made by God to Moses in Exodus 3:14: He desires instructions what answer to give them: “What shall I say to them? What name shall I vouch to them for the proof of my authority?” IV. Two names God would now be known by:- 1. A name that denotes what he is in Himself (v.14): I am that I am. This explains his name Jehovah, and signifies, (1) That He is self-existent; He has His being of Himself, and has no dependence upon any other. Being self-existent, he cannot but be self-sufficient, and therefore all-sufficient, and the in-exhaustible fountain of being and bliss. (2) That he is eternal and unchangeable. (3) That we cannot by searching find him out. Let Israel know this that I AM hath sent me unto you. By seeing this we can understand that even if Christ just told the people He was speaking to that He was “I

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