Jesus made claims about His identity many times in the New Testament. The Old Testament contains many
prophecies about the coming Messiah. What the Bible claims about Jesus is of paramount importance, since He is
the provider of our salvation:
John 10:27-28 (NAS 1)
27"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to
, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

John 3:16 (KJV 2)
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Believing Jesus
If believing in Jesus and following him is what saves us, then being able to believe Jesus seems to be very
important. Shouldn't our ability to reasonably trust in someone depend on that person's trustworthiness? Jesus
said that our belief about Him was required lest we die in our sins and perish:
John 8:23-24 (NAS 1)
23And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world,
I am not of this world. 24"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins;
for unless
you believe that I am (He), you will die in your sins."
Dying in our sins results in eternal separation from God. Jesus claimed that He was the only way to God.
John 14:6 (NIV 3)
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me.
Since Jesus said that He would save us from eternal separation from God, that is, that He would give us
eternal life, we should all care very much if Jesus is trustworthy in what He says. In fact nothing is of more
importance since life is fleeting, and eternity beckons to all of us. If we are to trust Jesus with our eternal
destiny, we must be able to trust Him at His word.

Three claims that Jesus made were that He was The Son of God, that He and the Father are one, and that
He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. These along with all the other claims of Jesus must be true, if
we are to trust that He will save us. Let us take a look at these claims one by one and see if we can believe
what Jesus says about himself:
Claim 1: Jesus is the unique Son of God.
If we want to test the validity of Jesus claim, we must first understand fully, what He was claiming. A
passage that is helpful in showing what Jesus meant is John 5:17 & 18:
Mathew 17:21 (NIV 3)
21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
If we simply look at the claim Jesus made, we may miss the most important part; thankfully there were
witnesses around that explained exactly what Jesus meant. They knew, and show us, that Jesus was
claiming equality with God. This could only mean one thing in light of the numerous scriptural claims that
there is only one God, Jesus was claiming that He was God. So the question results, Do you believe Jesus'
claim? An interesting note to this question is that to believe Jesus' claim of deity is to rightly accept His
Lordship. How we accept the Lordship of Christ is very important since the scripture tells us:

John 5:17-18 (KJV 2)
17Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am
working." 18For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he
breaking the Sabbath, but
he was even calling God his own Father, making himself
equal with God.
Claim 2: Jesus said "I and the Father are one."
As we look at this second claim, what Jesus was actually claiming is again the first fact we should
concern ourselves with. Just as in John 5:18, God has allowed us to hear what the witnesses to the event
believed He was saying.
John 10:30-33 (NIV 3)
30 I and the Father are one."
31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, "I have shown
you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
33 "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy,

because you, a mere man, claim to be God"

So, seeing Jesus is the same as seeing the Father. I think that we know what Jesus was trying to tell
Philip. He was on his way to the cross, He had washed His disciples feet and was giving them hope that
would hold them up through many trying times to come. He wanted His disciples to really know what He
meant, and He told them outright!

Jesus wants us all to be saved; He gave His life to save each of us. Jesus said that "My sheep here My
voice." Knowing Jesus, and being known by Jesus is how we are saved, we cannot short cut around it; no
superficial belief will do. We either take Jesus at His word, or we perish in our sins. Even with all the proof
that God gave us to show us who He is, He still intends that we come to Him the way an old friend of His
did. Abraham was called the man of faith. God requires each of us to come to Him by faith.

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV 3)
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it
is the gift of God-

Faith never meant putting your mind on hold and accepting something that you cannot perceive. God
wants us to take Him at His word and enter into a relationship with Him. He is unchanging. He always
wanted us to know who He was. When Moses asked Him, here is how God describes Himself:
Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV 3)
6 And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate
and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to
thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty
unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third
and fourth generation."

1 New American Standard Bible, Text Edition Anaheim California: Foundation Publications 1995

2 KJV Gift & Award Bible, Revised. Grand Rapids Michigan: Zondervan Corp. 2002

3 The Quest Study Bible, New International Version Grand Rapids Michigan: Zondervan Corp. 1994

This time the witnesses say outright that Jesus has claimed to be God Himself. So now we know what
Jesus meant, when he said: "I and the Father are one." As with Jesus' first claim, accepting this claim is
important, for if Jesus was not telling the truth here, how can we trust Him, when He says He will save us?
Claim 3: Jesus said "I am in the Father, and the Father is in me."
As we start to examine this claim of Jesus, we won't need an audience to understand what Jesus means.
Jesus claimed that "He is in the Father, and The Father is in Him" many times, but this time He Himself
will show us what He means:
John 14:6-9 (NIV 3)
6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now
on, you do know him
and have seen him." 8Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and
that will be enough for us." 9Jesus answered:
"Don't you know me, Philip, even after I
have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the
. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?