I am the man (Jn 9:9-9:9)

“Some said.

‘It is him.’

Others said.

‘No!

But it is someone

Like him.’

He kept saying.

‘I am the man.’”

ἄλλοι ἔλεγον ὅτι Οὗτός ἐστιν· ἄλλοι ἔλεγον Οὐχί, ἀλλὰ ὅμοιος αὐτῷ ἐστιν. ἐκεῖνος ἔλεγεν ὅτι Ἐγώ εἰμι.

John uniquely indicated that some of the people said (ἄλλοι ἔλεγον) that it was the same man (ὅτι Οὗτός ἐστιν).  However, others said (ἄλλοι ἔλεγον) no (Οὐχί), that it was someone like him (ἀλλὰ ὅμοιος αὐτῷ ἐστιν).  However, the man born blind said (ἐκεῖνος ἔλεγεν) that he was the same man, “I am him (ὅτι Ἐγώ εἰμι).”  Thus, there was a dispute whether the man who could see was the same as the man born blind.  This was resolved when the man himself who could see said that he was the same man who was born blind.  The transformation in some early Christians often left people to ask whether it was the same person, especially when we see the apostle Paul.  Do people question whether you are the same person as before?

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