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Is Jesus God? Part 11: "Jesus was a prophet sent by God"

By: Shannon Abulnasr © 2017

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Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (See also John 11:41-42 )

God doesn’t ‘send’ himself.  He sends prophets/messengers, and God appointed him as a PROPHET.  Is God a prophet too?

John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.“

Jesus is clearly said to be a prophet.

John 5:30 “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (See also John 5:26-27 and John 6:27 )

Jesus is judging by only what he hears, and that he can’t do anything of his own, and that he is not pleasing himself, but only God.  If he is God, then it would be his own will and pleasing himself.  He explains and rejects that he has underived existence and denies that he possesses the Divine attribute of omnipotence. (See the contradiction to Colossians 1:19 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him”) Note: This contradicts the verses that say that Jesus is not omnipotent, or having omniscience, and all knowledge of all things, or ability to think or do on his own. (See the contradiction to Hebrews 5:7-9 )

John 5:36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish--the very works that I am doing--testify that the Father has sent me.”

He states to bear witness that things are not his own works, but the works of the God that sent him.

John 5:37 “And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form”

Jesus was sent by God. Does God send himself? Does God need to testify about himself to people? Does God need help? God has never been seen nor heard. Jesus was seen and heard.

John 6:14 “After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

Again, Jesus is clearly said to be a prophet.

John 7:40-43 “Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.” Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.”

This section in John is titled “The Division of People over Jesus”.  The title says it all.  Muslims believe Jesus is both, the Christ, and a prophet.

John 9:17 “Then they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened." The man replied, "He is a prophet."

He is stated to be a prophet.

John 10:9 “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

Jesus led people to God as a prophet, and by following him, they would enter heaven because they are obeying the prophet that God sent to them.

John 12:44 “Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.”

Jesus is saying that if you believe in him, you are by default believing in God, because God sent him as a prophet with the words of God.

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Again, Jesus led people to God as a prophet, and by following him, they would enter heaven because they are obeying the prophet that God sent to them.

John 14:24 “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

If Jesus was God, they would be his own words, but he differentiates himself from God, and says that God sent him (as a prophet to teach the message of God).

Luke 7:16 “They were all filled with awe and praised God.“A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."

Note: if you look at the various other translations linked to the verse, you will find that the wordings are very different between various Bible versions.  Some say God has come to help his people, and some say God looked upon his people, some say God has not forgotten his people.  To say he is a prophet in one sentence, then the next line to call him God is quite contradictory, so the other versions seem to fit better logically.

Luke 13:33 “In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day--for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”

Again, Jesus is clearly says he is a prophet.

Luke 24:19 “"What things?" he asked "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”

Again, Jesus is clearly said to be a prophet.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus is stating that claiming they believe in him (who was given the message of God), would enter heaven if they don’t follow the teachings.

Matthew 19:16-21 “And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Then he said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS; HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

Jesus as asked how to get eternal life, and he never said to “worship me”.  He stated to follow the commandments, and to “follow” him.  Mankind follows prophets of God, but worship God.

Matthew 21:11 “The crowds replied, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jesus is clearly said to be a prophet.

Matthew 21:46 “They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.”

Again, Jesus is clearly said to be a prophet.

Qur’an 2:87 “And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.”

Allah gave Mary a miracle, a son (of mankind), to be a messenger and prophet of God, that he gave his message to, for him to share it with the Children of Israel.

Qur’an 2:253 Those messengers - some of them We caused to exceed others. Among them were those to whom Allah spoke, and He raised some of them in degree. And We gave Jesus, the Son of Mary, clear proofs, and We supported him with the Pure Spirit. If Allah had willed, those [generations] succeeding them would not have fought each other after the clear proofs had come to them. But they differed, and some of them believed and some of them disbelieved. And if Allah had willed, they would not have fought each other, but Allah does what He intends.”

Allah sent messengers that he spoke to, a message and miracles and signs to share with others. All messengers are also prophets.

Qur’an 4:171 “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

Allah is not having a trinity, as he does not need help. Jesus was a messenger (given the word of God) and prophet.  Allah is one without partners, nor does he have a son. He can manage things by himself.

Qur’an 4:157 “And [for] their saying, "Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah." And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.”

Jesus was a messenger and prophet of God. He was not crucified, nor killed.

Qur’an 5:46 “And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.”

Jesus was SENT as a messenger and prophet, teaching the same message as the prophets and messengers before him.

Qur’an 5:75 The Messiah, son of Mary, was not but a messenger; [other] messengers have passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth. They both used to eat food. Look how We make clear to them the signs; then look how they are deluded.”

Jesus is the Messiah ((anointed one (blessed and chosen by God), which does not = God)), was only a messenger like others before him. Allah states Jesus ate food because God does not need food, to differentiate the idea that Jesus is part of a trinity as God.

Qur’an 6:106 “Follow, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you from your Lord - there is no deity except Him - and turn away from those who associate others with Allah.”

Allah tells Muhammad that there is no God but Allah, and not associate with those that worship anyone or anything else. Just as Jesus was a messenger and prophet sent by God, so was Muhammad.

Qur’an 19:19-21 “He said, "I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy." She said, "How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?" He said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.' "

The angel Gabril (Jibril) (the messenger angel) told Mary, that God was giving her a son, through a miracle, that he would be a sign for people to believe he was a messenger and prophet of God. (Jesus was not God because of this miracle virgin birth.)

Qur’an 19:29-30 “So she pointed to him. They said, "How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?" [Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.”

Allah (God) has told us that Jesus was indeed a servant of God, a messenger and prophet.

Qur’an 21:91 “And [mention] the one who guarded her chastity, so We blew into her [garment] through Our angel [Gabriel], and We made her and her son a sign for the worlds.”

Jesus was created by a command, and through the Spirit (Angel Gabriel/Jibril), she was given a son while a virgin to be a miracle for those that knew him, that he was a messenger and prophet sent by God.

Qur’an 43:57-59 “And when the son of Mary was presented as an example, immediately your people laughed aloud. And they said, "Are our gods better, or is he?" They did not present the comparison except for [mere] argument. But, [in fact], they are a people prone to dispute. Jesus was not but a servant upon whom We bestowed favor, and We made him an example for the Children of Israel.”

Allah is stating that Jesus was a servant that he anointed (chosen and blessed).

Qur’an 57:27 “Then We sent following their footsteps Our messengers and followed [them] with Jesus, the son of Mary, and gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy and monasticism, which they innovated; We did not prescribe it for them except [that they did so] seeking the approval of Allah. But they did not observe it with due observance. So We gave the ones who believed among them their reward, but many of them are defiantly disobedient.”

Allah states that he gave Jesus a message from him, but those followers of Jesus innovated things that were not from Allah.

Continue to the next Section – Part 12: "Jesus was God’s servant, chosen one, and beloved"

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