Bible Insights

God is the Great I Am

Characteristics of God

In the Bible, Jesus makes several declarations of who he is and his character. In the book of John alone, he says:

I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).

I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7).

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25).

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener” (John 15:1).

He also provided insight into his relationship with his Father and his followers:

I am in my Father” (John 14:20).

I am in you” (John 17:21).

I am not alone, for my Father is with me” (John 16:32).

May these verses better inform our view of Jesus, what he does for us, and his relationship with Father God, the Great I Am.

Read more in Peter’s new book, Living Water: 40 Reflections on Jesus’s Life and Love from the Gospel of John, available everywhere in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.

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