Saturday, January 03, 2009

I AM in John's Gospel

John's 'I AM' sayings represent a textual phenomenon illuminated by a filial notion of Jesus' agency. John's Gospel contains two sets of 'I AM' sayings, each containing seven pronouncements made by Jesus concerning His own identity. One set consists of Jesus saying 'I AM' followed by a predicate that highlights Jesus saving significance for the world. I AM the bread of life, I AM the light of the world, I AM the gate for the sheep, I AM the good shepherd, I AM the resurrection and the life, I AM the true vine. The other consists of I AM sayings where Jesus announces I am, or I am He with no predicate... These declarations provide clear allusions to Yahwah's seven-fold self declaration of unique and unrivalled divinity that occur in the OT. John's point is clear, Jesus is Yahweh
Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity in John's Gospel
Kostenberger and Swain

1 comment:

John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

Calvinist site; please visit & comment.

And forget, please, "conservatism." It has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

"[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

John Lofton, Editor,
Recovering Republican