Did you catch that? “Unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” Pretty cut and dried.
But the obedience part of religion, and the fuller understanding that comes with growth is a topic of another post. This is about the belief part of religion. When we teach people about Jesus, what do we teach them? When they believe, what do we expect them to believe?
But whether it’s “I am” or “I am He”, the point still stands – you must believe something specific about Jesus or you will remain in your sin.
Can I believe anything I want about Jesus and still call myself a Christian?