The Gospel of John. Lecture 3 of 12.
Rudolf Steiner, Hamburg, May 20, 1908:
Then Jesus spoke to His disciples and said: That which is able to say “I AM” to itself is the Force of the Light of the World, and whoever follows after me will see in clear, waking consciousness what those who wander in darkness do not see.But those who clung to the old belief that only by night can the Light of Love be implanted within the human being, those who were called the Pharisees, answered: Thou callest upon thy “I AM” but we call upon Father Abraham. In this way we feel the power which justifies us in acting as self-conscious beings. We feel ourselves strong when we immerse ourselves in the substance of a common ego which reaches to Father Abraham.Jesus said: If one speaks of the I, as I speak, then is the testimony a true one; for I know that this I comes from the Father, from the primeval foundation of the world, and I know whither it tends.
Ye judge all things according to the flesh, but I judge not the perishable that is in the flesh.And if I judge, then is my judgment true. For the I does not exist for itself alone, but it is united with the Father from whom it has descended.