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“I Am”

A Paper
Presented to Dr. Jason Hilgeman Of
Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for
John
BIBL 323

By:
Keith D. Lewis
March 8, 2013
The seven “I AM” sayings are a signature of John’s gospel. They are quick to the tongue of many Christians when defending a variety of doctrines. Indeed, the “I AM” sayings alone can almost summarize Jesus’ teachings about his own deity and nature. Of particular interest is the saying found in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. Nobody gets to the father except through me.” This paper will be concerned with this saying, and explore the events surrounding it, its relation to God’s revelation of himself in the Bible, and its significance to Christ’s deity.
The back drop of this saying is the upper room discourse. Jesus has called all the disciples together so that he may share a last meal with them and give them his last parting directions before he dies. He has washed the disciple’s feet, implicitly announced the man who will betray him, and has foretold Peter’s denial. He has also given his “New Commandment” in 13:34: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
This I AM saying is in the middle of Jesus’ discourse. It was provoked by a question from Thomas. Jesus had just explained the he was going to “prepare a place” for them (14:3), and further revealed to the disciples, “and you know the way to where I am going” (4). Ever the doubter, “Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way’” (5)? Elmer Towns comments, “This question occasioned memorable and significant revelations of Christ.” The mood is tense. Jesus is being open about all that is taking place, yet because he is so open and detailed about his death and resurrection, it becomes…...

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