Ego Eimi not Restricted to Deity

Trinitarians often use the argument that the Greek phrase Ego Eimi used so famously in John 8:58 echoing back to those famous words first spoken by the creator in Exo. 3:14, proves that Jesus(Yeshua) is deity. This of course ignores the fact that in the New Testament alone, though there are many places in the LXX where it is used of non-deities,there are a few times when the phrase is applied to mortal human beings. It is used of the disciples in Matt. 26:22.

καὶ λυπούμενοι σφόδρα ἤρξαντο λέγειν αὐτῷ ἕκαστος αὐτῶν,Μήτι ἐγώ εἰμι κύριε

It is used of Peter in Acts 10:21.

καταβὰς δὲ Πέτρος πρὸς τοὺς ἄνδρας τοὺς ἀπεσταλμενοῦς ἀπὸ τοῦΚορνηλίου πρὸς αὑτὸν, εἶπεν Ἰδού, ἐγώ εἰμι ὃν ζητεῖτε τίς αἰτία δι᾽ ἣνπάρεστε

One could make the argument as well that it is used in 1 Tim. 1:15 of Paul but the sequence is not exact.


One thought on “Ego Eimi not Restricted to Deity”

  1. It is very clear why people make the connection. John 8 has the awkward statement: “Before Abraham was, I am.” Normally if one was merely trying to get across their preexistence without any reference to deity, they would just say, “Before Abraham was, I was.” Yeshua is clearly trying to get across more than just his preexistence.

    There is no doubt that in the Bible the Son is at time identified with God, YHVH, and I AM.

    People make the mistake that this is ontologically, however. These are the reasons I have deduced from my reading of Scripture:

    – Yeshua is the actually Seed of YHVH and share the name of YHVH as a family name. He carries the name in the Patriarchal sense. Like Jacob/Israel’s descendants are called after his name but are not the person Jacob/Israel and do not have his precise nature. Yeshua is also called David because he is his son but he is not actually the person David, and carrying his precise nature.

    – He shares divine authority with YHVH and many, many divine attributes are bestowed upon him from God.

    – He’s the image of the unseen God YHVH and carries within him the fullness of the Divinity bodily, he has the full measure of the Spirit of God. The Fullness of God is in him and he is the Angel of YHVH’s presence in whom YHVH’s name is. Ex. “My name is in him.”

    – He is the chief Word/Spokesman of God who was the one speaking for God in the OT. Like it says that no has ever seen God but it was the Son who has declared him. And it says the Jews never say the Father. All in the John’s Gospel.

    That’s my understanding. If you have any problems with this, let me know.


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