The final claim to the divinity of Christ that we will be taking a closer look at in this series comes in seven forms in the Gospel of John. Jesus Christ, the Great I AM.
In our survey of the divine claims of Jesus Christ, we’ve seen how Jesus referred to Himself with titles that suggested He, in some way, shared the Father’s divine identity. Turning to God’s divine identity as Wisdom will give us further insight into the role Jesus embodied as the Son of God.
When we ponder the divine claims of Christ the one we often pay no mind to is the usage of the name “Abba, Father” for God by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Could this name give us a profound insight into Jesus’ mission and identity?
In our look into the divine claims of Jesus, we have argued for the authenticity of the claims by noting the allusions to the OT, the date of the claims, and the character of Jesus Himself in the trilemma. But everything we have argued thus far amounts to nothing if the major claims to divinity were completely misunderstood from the beginning. When Jesus calls Himself the Son of Man, what, exactly, does He mean?
In our survey of the divine claims of Jesus recorded throughout the Synoptics and the Gospel of John, we note a rather strange exclusion: nowhere in the Gospel accounts do we see Jesus saying “I Am God.” Is this proof that Jesus did not believe He was God or were His followers simply mistaken?
Before we can begin to examine the divine claims of Christ themselves we need to first ask ourselves who Jesus really was? Was He a liar, a lunatic, or Lord? In this article, we’ll look at the first of those possibilities. Did Jesus lie about His divinity?