December 6 – John8:58; “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

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There are many verses that I read each day and think upon their sweetness and the comfort God gives to me through them.  Then there are verses that jolt me into attention and drop me to my knees in reverence and awe.  This is one of those verses for me.  This was the verse where I learned Jesus is God incarnate.  Thank You Dear God for your mercy upon me, Hallowed be Thy Name.  After reading what the Mormons think of the Great I Am, you can imagine my surprise…

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“I AM is a divine descriptive title that refers to the preearthly Jehovah, who was known on the earth as Jesus Christ. This name-title emphasizes the eternal nature of the power, authority, might, mission, and calling of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the translators of the Bible have not understood the nature and significance of these words. The King James Version of the Bible punctuates John 8:58 as follows:  “Before Abraham was, I am.” This is confusing in syntax as well as in meaning. The verse would more correctly be punctuated: “Before Abraham, was I AM,” indicating that Jesus Christ was the great Jehovah, the preexistent One, who was a God before Abraham was even born on the earth.”  (Emphasis mine)  Daniel H. Ludlow, A Companion to Your Study of the New Testament: The Four Gospels, 137.