October 7, 2005

I Cor. 16:9   “a wide door   for effective work has opened…and there are many adversaries.”

Maasai Work – We are hoping to buy 600 catechisms to take care of any needs in the LCEA, CLCEA
and ECLC.   At the Etago, Kenya CLC Maasai hymnals, catechisms and Bibles were distributed at the
preaching station at Olegumi.There are 12 attending there now.

Mission Bd. Chairman Naumann and member Hansen will be visiting our sister churches in Kenya,
Tanzania and Congo in October and November. Pray for a safe journey for them.


continuing on with the Islam series

Islam denies Christ’s death and resurrection.   Jesus is the key, the answer and the solution, but they
deny Him.   His death is the payment for our sin and His resurrection is the proof that we are saved.
Romans 4:25 He “was put to death for our trespasses and………….”

What the Quran says about Jesus’ Death and Resurrection?

Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive! (Sura 19:33)

(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto
Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those
who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection.   Then   unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between
you as to that wherein ye used to differ.   (Sura 3:55)

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – They slew
him not nor crucified, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in
doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not
for certain.   But Allah was ever Mighty, Wise.   (Sura 4:157-158)

The Quran’s testimony about Jesus’ death is contradictory.   Sura 19:33 plainly speaks about the
death and resurrection of Jesus.   But in Sura 4:157 it is completely denied.   In Muslim understanding,
Jesus was not crucified; Allah made someone to look like Jesus and that person was crucified in Jesus’
place.   But Allah took Jesus alive to himself.

So, to avoid Quran contradicting itself, all the passages in the Quran alluding to Jesus’ death or to
the possibility of his death are interpreted in the light of Sura 4:157-158.

The atoning death of Jesus on the cross for the sins of all human kind and His resurrection from the
dead has no meaning in a Muslim’s life.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.   No one comes to the Father
except through me.”   In the light of this Scripture Muslims are lost without the glorious hope that we
have in Jesus.   And they need to be saved.

**Taken from ‘Al-Bashir News’   March 2001


X. Of Christ’s Work and Office

WE BELIEVE (a) that Jesus Christ, true God and true man truly suffered, was crucified, died and was
buried, that He might reconcile us unto God and be our sacrifice not only for original guilt, but also for
all actual sins of men; (b) that He descended into hell and truly rose again the third day; (c) that
afterwards He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father and forever reign and have
dominion over all creatures, and, in particular, to gather, guide, and protect His Church on earth;
(d) and that the same Christ shall finally come again to judge the quick and the dead.

a) Gal. 4, 4. 5.   But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a
woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.

Is. 53, 4. 5.   Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken,
smitten of God and afflicted.   But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed.

I Pet. 2, 24.   Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness.

b) I Pet. 3, 18. 19.   For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also He went and
preached unto the spirits in prison.

Col. 2, 15.   And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphantly
over them in it.

Eph. 4, 9. 10.   (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts
of the earth?   He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might
fill all things). Cf. I Cor. 15, 17. 18: Rom. 4, 25.

c) Acts 1, 9.   And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud
received Him out of their sight.

Ps. 68, 18.   Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for
men: yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord might dwell among them.

Ps. 110, 1.   The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy
footstool.-Cf. also Eph. 1, 20-22, John 14, 16. 17; I Cor. 6, 11.

d) Acts 17, 31.   Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness,
by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised
Him from the dead.

2 Cor. 5, 10;   For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive
the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I Thess. 4, 16.   For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.–CF. also Matt. 25, 31-46:
2 Pet. 3, 10.


In Christ,
Pastor Koenig