John 8:58 says: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
The Jews heard the words of Jesus, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death (John 8:51).” They then took him to task about whether he was greater than their ancestor Abraham. Jesus answered and said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad (John 8:56).”
The Jews were amazed at the fact that even though Jesus was not yet fifty years old, he spoke of Abraham seeing his day. Jesus hastened to tell them that he was before Abraham; in other words, what Jesus was saying was, “The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!”
This passage certainly speaks of the pre-existence of Christ! The message Jesus wanted to convey to the Jews was that he was before, and greater than, Abraham. The Hebrew expression that the term “I AM” is drawn from means to be self-existent.
Jesus noted in John 5:26, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.”
Jesus has self-existent life, but this life, he says, was “given” to him by the Father.
It is this life that enables Jesus to be the Author of creation and to exist before all things (Colossians 1:16; Proverbs 8:22-30; John 1:3).
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