Is Jesus God?
Question: Is Jesus GOD? Did he ever use one of the names of deity to refer to HIMSELF?
Answer: Your question about is Jesus God has been debated for countless years in Bible circles. The short answer is that (almost) all statements in the Old or New Testament attributed to Deity are from him!
Jesus is a member of the Godhead Who came in human form to this earth. After dying for our sins and resurrected, he took his rightful place at the right hand of God, the Father. He now possesses the same kind of existence he had before the creation of the world.
Moses, in the book of Exodus, asked Elohim what His name was so that he (Moses) could tell the children of Israel who sent him to free them (see Exodus 3:13 - 14). The response received (from the Being who became Jesus) was that his name was "I AM WHO I AM" (this translation of the Hebrew is found in the NKJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV and other Bibles). The King James Version Bible renders the phrase 'I AM THAT I AM' and Young's Literal Translation translates the Hebrew 'I AM THAT WHICH I AM.'
The Hebrew word translated as "I AM" is hayah (Strong's Concordance Number #H1961) and means "to exist" or "to have being." It can also mean, "I will be what I will be." Used in the context of Exodus 3:14 it also signifies an eternal, timeless existence. As it is used in Genesis 1 it signifies "to come into existence" when spoken by God. For example, when he said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3) light appeared in the universe.
Jesus used the same name given to Moses (I AM) to refer to his OWN eternal existence. The severe action the Jews wanted to take after they heard what he had to say leaves little doubt they knew he was referring to the Being who spoke to Moses.
The Greek words translated as "I AM" in reference God in verse 58 come from the words ego (Strong's #G1473), first person in Greek, just as we use "I," and eimi (Strong's #G1510), which is a very emphatic statement of existence. In the context of this verse, it is virtually identical to the Hebrew hayah. Since Jesus was speaking either Hebrew or Aramaic, hayah was the word actually spoken by him rather than the Greek in which the New Testament was written.