Then what is Jesus talking about?Greetings again Hark,
I deny that the OT appearances were Jesus. I accept that these appearances were Angels representing God.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life..... 46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Regardless of you insisting that He meant "I am he" , He was still testifying that He existed before Abraham for why the Jews attempted to stone Him again for claiming to be God. It seems to me that you are not believing His words for why you do not believe Moses was writing about Him as the God men had seen in the O.T.
I know you have His love in you, so understand that to prove or disprove a theology, it has to align with all of scripture or something is wrong with your theology. If you refuse correction in scripture, then how can one bear more fruit?
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 14:1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Is Jesus not asking us to believe in Him the same way we believe in God?
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Is Jesus not saying He will bring us Home as only God can do?
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Is not Jesus saying He will answer prayers that only God can do?
Is not the name of Jesus to call upon to be saved is the name of God to call upon to be saved?
Isaiah 48:11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. 12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
If you claim He meant "I am he" then how do you align the reference above to the reference below to continue denying Jesus is God?
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.