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I am …

By Iain D. Campbell
May 2012 | Review by Stephen Holland

Synopsis

There is none like Christ. None at all! None other is God and man, two natures in one person. None other has the love, grace and heart of Jehovah Jesus. The sight of him is so breath-taking that we turn aside at an opportunity that a glimpse of him affords. We cease looking at the most precious things in the universe to gaze and gaze at him. We know little of him, miserably little. It is our duty and privilege to behold him, and it is the duty and privilege of each of his preachers to show him to us. Sirs, we plead with them, we would see Jesus. Let us contemplate Christ, and let his servants magnify him before us. So in these studies Dr. Iain D. Campbell does this, making Christ omni-attractive as he sets him out through our Lord's self disclosure, in a series of extraordinary claims Jesus made, to be pre-existent, the only way to God, the food and the vine of heaven, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life. Those are words of a megalomaniac if they are not the words of the incarnate God. One of the distinctives of John's Gospel is that he records seven sayings of Jesus that are not to be found in the other three gospels, the ‘I am' sayings of Jesus. In them, Jesus introduces us to himself by means of a phrase translated ‘I am', followed by a description of himself. Iain D Campbell, is a native of the Isle of Lewis in North West Scotland, where he is currently pastor of the Free Church of Scotland congregation in Point. He is also Adjunct Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, and enjoys reading history and studying theology, and have been blogging mainly about the Christian faith, but about other subjects too.

  • Publisher: EP Books
  • ISBN: 978-0-85234-774-4
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: 5.99
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I am …

Iain D Campbell

Evangelical Press

128 pages, £5.99

ISBN: 978-0-85234-774-4

Star Rating: 3

 

Nothing is more important than the question of who Jesus is. We know from the four Gospel records that He divided opinion greatly amongst people of His own day. He still does today. Whilst many will have their own opinions about this man, Jesus, we must go beyond that and look at what He in fact said about Himself. This book begins with a reminder that of the four Gospel records, detailing the life, teaching, and sayings of Jesus, one is different, the Gospel of John. For example John records no parables and no accounts are given of exorcisms. Also, John chooses to use the word ‘signs’ instead of ‘miracles’ when referring to the supernatural acts of Christ. Another unique feature of John’s Gospel are the seven recorded ‘I AM’ sayings. The examination of these is the subject of this book.

      What a man says about himself surely tells us much about his person. When Jesus was upon earth He made many astounding claims; none more so than these seven ‘I Am’ statements or sayings as they are now known. These sayings have their roots in the book of Exodus in the question regarding the name of the God of  Israel. God’s answer is ‘I AM THAT I AM.’  The most wonderful, and greatest blasphemy for that matter if not true, is that the Lord Jesus Christ claimed to be that very I AM! The words of John 8v58 should be memorised and imprinted upon the hearts and minds of every Christian – ‘Verily, Verily I say unto you, before Abraham was I AM.’   

      The author takes each of these sayings one at a time and presents us with a wonderful examination of each. This is not a commentary, but a warm and delightful walk through these seven I AM’s. It is a first rate introduction to them and ideal for the new believer and yet also refreshingly uplifting for the seasoned saint who has come to know the Great I AM of Scripture. It will benefit every Christian to meditate upon these sayings with this little book at hand.

 

Stephen Holland,

Westhoughton  

 

 

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