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John’s Account

John’s Account

The professor told me that nowhere in the New Testament Jesus claimed to be God. And after I went through John 5, I turned to John 10 verses 27 to 36. It says this, “Jesus said, ‘My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. And I give eternal life to them, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father who gave them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the father’s hand.’” Why? “Because I and the Father are one.”

You say, well I can say, “I and my father are one” that doesn’t make me out to be God. But when you take into consideration the people, the culture and the language it’s a direct claim to deity.

Again, let’s see how His audience, the Jews, responded to what He said and how they understood it. “The Jews took up stones again to stone Him, and Jesus answered them, ‘I showed you many good works from the Father. For which of them are you stoning me?’ And the Jews answered Him, ‘For a good work we do not stone you but for blasphemy.’”

Now notice what they said, “Because you being a man make yourself out to be God.” That’s how the Jew understood when Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” And Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your law that I said you are gods? And if he called them gods to whom the word of God came, then the scriptures cannot be broken.”

But the difference was this. When they referred to the term “We are all gods,” they were referring to human beings. But here the way Jesus used it, they understood Him to be referring to the one and only true God, Yaweh.

At this point the professor interrupted me. He said, “Just a minute. John was the latest gospel written. No other gospel, none of the other three gospels even hint that Jesus claimed to be God.” I said, “They didn’t?” and he said, “No”. Then I said let’s turn to the book of Matthew.