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Why did Jesus ask the disciples, "Who do you say I am?"?

If he was God, wouldn’t they have known who he was?

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Matthew 16:13 Now when he had come into the parts of Caesare′a Philip′pi,Jesus went asking his disciples: “Who are men saying the Son of man is?” 14 They said: “Some say John the Baptist, others Eli′jah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them: “YOU, though, who do YOU say I am?” 16 In answerSimon Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 In response Jesus said to him: “Happy you are, Simon son of Jo′nah, because flesh and blood did not reveal [it] to you, but my Father who is in the heavens did. "
Apparently, they recognized Jesus, as the son of God, and Jesus said that the Holy Spirit revealed this to them.
So then, would we be fair in concluding that to call Jesus anything but the son of God, would be to blaspheme the Spirit?

Funny abuse of the 'I am' statement.
when looking it up at blueletter, the term "I am" at John
8:58 literally means "I existed", not to be confused with the "I am"
at verses like Exodus
3:14.
Look at the links people..

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links are great!
you seem to be adept at supporting your posts...
thanks!

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