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Christology in Context

““To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25

Jesus is unique and incomparable. He is supreme and matchless. The truth about Jesus is timeless and unchanging and remains unshackled by the designations of centuries or nations. Those who dwelt in Saharan Africa in the 13th century and Iranians of the 21st century must believe and confess the same truths about the same Person in order to be born again and inherit His kingdom. 

Only with our anchor firmly set in depths of the One who is the same yesterday, today, and forever can we broach questions of how to bear witness of Him in the midst of the ever changing surface of the sea of nations. Although Jesus does not change, the powerful truth of who He is will not be felt unless it is communicated in a way that can be understood. This understanding might lead to glad acceptance or fierce rejection, but neither outcome is possible without it. 

This section explores the challenges of proclaiming undiluted theological realities in a way that can penetrate the barriers of language, culture, and opposing belief systems. Jesus created all the nations, and we must seek Him for wisdom on how to make His glory known to them.

Christology in a Muslim Context - Part 4

October 19, 2017 By Jesse Digges in Christology in Context

The idea that Jesus is God is not only absurd to a Muslim, but it is also the highest form of blasphemy. When you ask a Muslim to believe that Jesus is divine, from an Islamic perspective, you are basically asking them to purchase a one-way ticket to Hell. That is why this topic is the “stumbling block” in Muslim evangelism; it is the most offensive part of the gospel. The sin of shirk (to associate a creature with God) is the worst kind of sin that a Muslim can commit. Worse than murder. And for a Muslim to confess that Jesus is Lord is certainly shirk.

Christology in a Muslim Context - Part 3

When talking about Christology and missions in a Muslim context, we need to understand the Quran’s presentation of Jesus. This will help us to actually have dialogue with Muslims and use ideas they are familiar with as a means of bridging to the truth of the biblical revelation of Christ.  Muslims will often say that they love Jesus and have more regard for him than Christians do. This is a way to gain a hearing, but it is also based on a Quranic presentation of Jesus which places him in an exalted position from other prophets. Joseph Lumbard in The Study Quran says:

Christology in a Muslim Context

June 13, 2016 By Jesse Digges in Christology in Context

Christology is the study of Christ: his person, nature, and work. For believers Christology crosses over to theology because Christ is God. If you are a missionary among Muslims you will begin to see, right away, that the things you hold dear about Jesus (that he is the divine Son of God, second person of the Trinity, and universal Lord who died on the cross for sins and then rose again after three days) are fundamentally denied by the core tenants of Islam. According to Islam, Jesus is actually a Muslim prophet who preached Islamic monotheism to the Israelites.

He Stands Alone

April 29, 2015 By Brian Kim in Christology in Context

Every world religion has something to say about Jesus. Hinduism tells us that it’s okay to call him God, so long as we understand that he’s just one of more than 330 million other gods. Buddhism concedes that Jesus may be a source of truth, but to call him the Author of life (Acts 3:15) would be utterly confusing to the nontheistic worldview of Buddhists. Islam agrees that Jesus is certainly a prophet. But to call him the Son of God? That would go too far. So far, in fact, that it would warrant rioting in places like Malaysia. 

A Different Category

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.