muslim questions -2

We started yesterday with point number one that Jesus Christ was Himself God and that he came to earth and died so that we would not have to, thus, willingly becoming our propitiation.  The next question that was asked was why does the death of Christ change things? Why does his death pay for my sin?  This question is a little tougher but, I am going to try to answer it. the Bible tells us we are slaves to sin

Romans 6:5-16

5 For if  we have become united  with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old  self  was crucified  with Him, in order that our body  of sin might be done  away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he  who has died is freed  from sin. 8 Now if  we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised  from the dead, is never to die again; death  no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead  to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign R in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting  the  members of your body to sin as instruments  of unrighteousness; but present  yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments  of righteousness to God. 14 For sin  shall not be  master over you, for you  are not under law but under  grace. 15 What then? Shall  we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May  it never be! 16 Do you not know  that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves  for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin  resulting  in death, or of obedience resulting  in righteousness?

So, we are slaves to sin, our nature can not help but, to sin. In OT times if a person was in debt and owed more than they could pay they would sell themselves into slavery for a period of time that they would agree covered what was owed, but if a family member had the money that family member could become the “kinsmen redeemer”. This person had to meet certian familial and financial requirements.  Leviticus 25 has a lot to say about this.  Here is where Jesus comes in – we are Spiritually poor, unable to get to God. No man can pay our debt of sin because man is sinful, the debt must be paid by someone who has known no sin. God’s plan was to come to earth as a child, thereby making us family as we all descend from Adam and Eve. his outer appearance was that of a man, he was 100% man- but, his inner Spirit was God. He was 100% God. He became our kinsmen redeemer and paid the price of death for our sin. The law has been fulfilled. He paid a debt that I could not and that He did not not owe, because he loves us, and wants to know us.

So, to you my muslim brother, we both descend from Adam and we are family. may you know all of God’s greatest blessings. I live not in fear but peace because I know that my redeemer lives and loves me.

Questions from a Muslim man

I was recently asked about how the old testiment laws given directly from God could be over ridden now. He asked how everything seemed to be worthy of ” death, death, death…” It  was and is. Our sin is deserving a death.  romans 6:23 says ” for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life” . In those old testiment days the jews were instructed to regularly put thier sins onto a perfect animal, often a sheep, and then sacrifice that animal before the Lord. it comes down to the spiritual laws. God has a plan for our lives, but we can not know it because we are sinful.  You may have noticed that no one sacrifices lambs anymore. It is because the lamb of god offered a final sacrifice that covers our sins. Jesus, God with skin on, offered himself the as the ultimate sacrifice for sin. So, in this there are a few things that we need to address.

1.  Jesus was more than a man or a prophet he was God.  John 1 tells us

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 In  the beginning was the  Word, and the Word was with  God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All  things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the  Light of men. 5 The  Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend  it.

The Witness John

6 There came  a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so  that all might believe through him. 8 He  was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9 There was the true Light which,  coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the  world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,  and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children  of God, even to  those who believe in His name, 13 who  were born,  not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word became  flesh, and dwelt among us, and we  saw His glory, glory as of the  only begotten from the Father, full of grace  and truth.  15 John testified  about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, `He who comes after me has  a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ ” 16 For of His fullness  we  have all received, and grace  upon grace. 17 For the  Law was given through Moses; grace and truth  were  realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No  one has seen God at any time; the  only begotten God who is in  the bosom of the Father, He  has explained Him.

We are deeply loved by God, so much so, that he sent his son to earth to pay the price for our sin, so that he can know us.  When we accept the gift of forgiveness, we are presented to God as though we are worthy of knowing Him. He has become our propitiation, or covering, and he offers us freedom to live for him, apart from the law. the New Covenant goes above the law, and lifts us to personal relationship with God Himself.