John 8:24
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
John 8:58
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 8:59
59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

"I AM"
    In John 8:24, notice that the "he" of that verse is in italics... meaning that it is a known addition to the original scriptures. Therefore what Jesus said when He spoke those words was, "for if ye believe not that I am, ye shall die in your sins." That "I AM" is the same "I AM" announced as the name of God to Moses [Exodus 3:14].

    This language indicates that Jesus was testifying that He is very God, indeed, the very "I AM". This is a far different statement than saying Jesus is a "second person of the "Trinity". In verse 58, this was reiterated.

    To show that the people hearing what Jesus said understood that He was saying He was the "I AM" of Exodus 3:14, we see in verse 59 that they reacted by attempting to kill Jesus, for such a statement that they considered to be blasphemy.

    The point of this is to show that acknowledging that Jesus Christ is God Almighty is very serious business. To simply acknowledge Jesus Christ as being a "second person of the Trinity" is not the same as acknowledging that He is very God. That is in fact acknowledging that Jesus is something other than very God, the Almighty [Revelation 1:8].

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 Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/16/2004 7:23PM