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The Predictions of Jesus Christ the Messiah in the Bible and the Quran by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-minute read) Only Jesus is the Messiah in the New Testament! The common word used for Messiah in the New Testament, in the original Greek texts, is ‘ho Christos’. Twice it is said to be a translation of the word Messiahs (John 1.41, 4.25). Just as the Quran uses the definite article al to apply the title to Jesus alone, so in the Christian Scriptures he is constantly called ‘’ho Christos’’, that is, the Messiah. [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:07:22+02:00May 20th, 2021|Christology|0 Comments

The Purpose of Jesus Christ the Messiah in the Bible and the Quran by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-minute read) From both Messianic expectations, we can now look at the affirmations and differences between the Bible and the Quran. For the sake of time, I will look at the revelatory purpose and the redemptive purpose of Jesus in the Bible and the Quran. The purpose of the Messiah is to reveal the relationship of Father and Son to us. Without the emphatic self-revelation of God, we cannot know Him! The Apostle John writes; [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:08:02+02:00May 20th, 2021|Christology|0 Comments

A Divine Messiah by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5 Minute read) In a previous post, we have already mentioned the Messiah's sinlessness and virginal conception. In this post, I would like to look at the Messiah who embodies two radical perspectives; one of transcendent infinitude & one of immanent finitude. As Christians believe, He was indeed God and truly man. Question on the Hypostatic Union. The hypostatic union is the personal union of Jesus' two natures. Jesus has two complete natures—one fully human [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:08:45+02:00May 20th, 2021|Christology|0 Comments

The Pre-existing Lord by Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-minute reading) Prince of Preachers Charles Spurgeon writes: “The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ… Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity.”[1] Reading: John 17:1-5. “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. [...]

By |2021-04-30T20:22:56+02:00Mar 21st, 2020|Christology, Church History|2 Comments

Who do you say I am? Jesus through the eyes of the Gospel of Matthew by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(2 Minute Read). Biblical Scholar Bart D. Ehrman describes the Gospel of Matthew as; “one of the most highly treasured accounts of Jesus' life among the early Christians. This may explain why it was given pride of place as the first Gospel in the New Testament canon.”[1] Central to all the Gospels is the recorded life and memories of Jesus as the coming Jewish Messiah (Matthew), the Saviour of the World (Luke), Son of God [...]

By |2021-07-29T12:28:58+02:00Dec 17th, 2019|Christology, Spiritual formation|0 Comments

The Fading Isa of the Quran by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(15-minute read).  There are 36 references to Jesus in the Quran, compared with 69 for Abraham and 136 for Moses. The references to Jesus can be grouped under six main headings: Christ’s Birth; Christ’s Mission; Christ’s Miracles; Christ’s identity; Christ’s Prophethood; Christ’s future predictions. Because we are pressed for time, we will look at: Christ’s Virgin Birth. Christ’s exclusive sinlessness and then; Christ’s titles: Messiah/ Son of God/ Word of God. I have left the Prophethood [...]

How the Prophet Jesus (Isa) differentiates Yahweh and Allah by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

The person of Jesus Christ has a very central role in both Christianity and in Islam. Houlden (2005:404) writes that in Islam Jesus is a servant (‘abd) of God, a prophet (nabi), a sign (aya), an example (mathal), a witness (shahid), and a mercy (rahma) to all humanity. Jesus is eminent (wajih) and even brought near to God (min al-muqarrabin) and seen as one of the upright (min al-salihin) and he is blessed (Mubarak). The [...]

By |2020-03-13T17:19:20+02:00Jul 11th, 2019|Allah, Christology, Islam|0 Comments

Jesus the revealed Word: An Exegesis of John 1:1, 18 by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(3minute read) In this article, I would like to share a short synopsis on the First Chapter of John with a specific emphasis on verse 1 and 18. I believe that a concise reading of these passages will allow for us to see the clear intent of John the Beloved Disciple and his indication that Jesus was the expected fulfilled promise of the Messiah to come and the Lord ascended to His throne. John clearly [...]

By |2020-03-13T17:22:52+02:00Jul 11th, 2019|Christology|0 Comments

Jesus the ascended Lord: An exegesis of Mark 14:62-64 by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(2 Minute read) I have selected the Gospel of Mark 14:62-64 since it is the climax of the book where we finally have Christ accounting for who He is. It is also one of the first texts in the New Testament that emphatically situates the person of Jesus Christ in a place of clear pre-eminence and Old Testament fulfillment. It reads as follows: "And Jesus said, “I am, and you shall see the Son of [...]

By |2020-03-13T17:26:17+02:00Jul 11th, 2019|Christology, Yahweh|0 Comments

The One and Only Jesus Christ by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

10 minute read: In a recent conversation with a Muslim friend, he mentioned that Muhammad was the successor to Christ and that the Christian Scriptures clearly anticipated his arrival in the future (John 14:16 & 26). This led me to write this article just to explain very briefly to the Muslim that this is not what the Christian Scriptures teach. In fact, Jesus even mentions that anyone coming after Him that claims succession or pre-eminence [...]

By |2020-03-13T18:28:33+02:00Feb 21st, 2019|Christology, Islam|0 Comments