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How Do Muslims View Jesus Christ? (4 of 11)
ISLAM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
I John 2:22-23
If you'll notice on your outline we're looking at the subject "How Do Muslims View Christ?", and that is lesson four in the study of Islam: What You Need To Know Now. Now the first passage that you see on your outline is from I John 2:22-23. If you want to learn who Christ is, the nature of Christ, read the gospel of John and read John's letters, first, second and third John. These are the greatest statements about Christ along with Paul's word in Colossians and Philippians. John says "Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the Antichrist - he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." So the man who denies Christ is an Antichrist. The word Antichrist not only refers to a man, but it refers to a spirit. It refers in a larger sense to all those who do not accept Jesus as their Savior, as the diving Son of God. In that sense they are anti Christ, that is, they substitute something instead of Christ. The word anti can mean against or the word anti can mean instead of. So just keep that in mind when it says "such a man is the Antichrist - he denies the Father and the Son."
Now notice this - "no one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." Now what does this mean? It means that unless you accept Jesus as God you can't come to the Father. There are people in many religions who acknowledge Jesus was a prophet, but they don't acknowledge Jesus was God come to the earth in human flesh. Yet they claim they know God. But the New Testament clearly says here if you reject one then you reject the other. If you reject the Son then you reject the Father. If you claim to have the Father and don't have the Son then you have the spirit of Antichrist. So that's a very important statem ...
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