The 7 I Ams of John

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The Seven "I am" Statements
1. "I am the bread of life"
a. (John 6:35) The first of the seven "I am" statements recorded in the Gospel of John, each one emphasizing (John 6:35)an important aspect of the personal ministry of Jesus. This statement tells us that Christ is the substance that nourishes (John 6:35) spiritual life (John 6:53). b. Jesus promises to welcome all who come to Him in repentance and faith (John 6:37). Also see the study about Faith and Grace c. When reading John 6:38-40 it is important to understand the relationship of the Father's will to human responsibility. * It is not God's will that any believer fall from grace (Gal. 5:4) and subsequently be separated from God. Neither is it His will that any individual in the world should perish (II Peter 3:9) or fail to come to the truth and be saved (I Timothy 2:4). * However there is a great difference between God's perfect will and His permissive will. He does not abrogate the human responsibility to repent and believe, even if it means His perfect will is not done. * God's desire that all believers might be saved on the last day does not relieve them of the responsibility of obeying His voice and following Him (). Jesus in sorrow prayed on the night of His betrayal that "those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition." ie., the one headed for eternal destruction (John 17:12).

d. John 6:44 Here the Father is the Spirit of the invisible God and Jesus is the visible body of God. If you understand this you will see how John 6:44 and John 12:37 do not conflict. As a matter of fact, together, they show the oneness of God. 2. "I am the light of the world"

e. (John 8:12) Jesus is the true light (John 1:9); as such, He removes darkness and deception by illuminating the right way to salvation. f. All those who follow Jesus are delivered from the darkness of sin, the world, and Satan. All those who still walk in darkness do not follow Him (I John 1:6-7). g. "He that followeth me" is a present participle and has the idea of a continuous following. Jesus recognized only perservering discipleship. h. "If ye continue in my word" (John 8:31). Jesus never encouraged His disciples to place confidence in the mere fact of past faith or experience. It is only as we continue in His Word that confidence in salvation is warranted. Genuine disciples of Christ continue to obey the words of Christ (John 8:31; John 14:21-24; John 15:6-8). 3. "I am the door"

i. (John 10:9) Jesus is the door for the sheep. Those who enter through Him will be saved. They will have abundant eternal life and have all they need to be delivered from sin, guilt, and condemnation. Jesus is the only door for salvation; there is no other (Acts 4:12). 4. "I am the good shepherd"

j. (John 10:11-14) Jesus declares Himself to be the promised good shepherd (Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24). k. This metaphor illustrates Jesus' tender and devoted care for His people. It is as if He is saying, "I am toward all who believe in me, as a good shepherd is toward his sheep (caring, watchful, and loving)." l. The distinguishing mark of Christ as the good shepherd is His willingness to die for His sheep. This emphasizes the uniqueness of Christ the shepherd: His death on the cross saves His sheep (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45). Christ is called the "good shepherd" in John 10:11, the "great shepherd" in Hebrews 13:20, and the "chief Shepherd" in I Peter 5:4. m. Be sure to note that the minister who serves merely to earn a living or to obtain honor is the "hireling" of John 10:12-13. The true pastor cares for his sheep, while the false pastor's first thought is for himself and his position before others. 5. "I am the resurrection, and the life"

n. (John 11:25) For the person who believes in Jesus,...
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