IS JESUS CHRIST THE “I AM” OF EXODUS 3:14?

IS JESUS CHRIST THE “I AM” OF EXODUS 3:14?

God said to Moses, ‘I am he who is.’ And he said, ‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.”‘ God further said to Moses, ‘You are to tell the Israelites, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time, and thus how I am to be invoked for all generations to come”—Exodus 3:14,15 NJB

Based on Jesus’ saying “I am” at John 8:58, Trinitarians claim that Jesus Christ is the “I am” of Exodus 3:14, and therefore is God Almighty. However, if that were true, the healed blind man would also be God Almighty, because he said “I am” (John 9:9 NAB).

It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after he had given his verdict to release him”—Acts 3:13 NJB

Additionally, and even more importantly, we notice in Acts 3:13 that “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has a “servant” named “Jesus”. This means that “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” cannot be Jesus Christ, who is “his servant”. Therefore, Jesus Christ cannot be the “I am” of Exodus 3:14, and cannot be Almighty God.

Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born'”—John 8:58 AAT

Finally, the issue under discussion at John 8:57 was Jesus’ age, not his identity, and John 8:58 is more accurately translated as above in the AAT than with “I am” anyway.

But even if John 8:58 was accurately translated as “I am”, it is scripturally impossible to identify Jesus as the “I am” of Exodus 3:14.

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