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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

4) The Messenger Of Allah (رسول الله)

This glorious title for Christ appears, clearly, five times in the Qur'an. We also read his name frequently in Qur'anic lists of other messengers of Allah.

A prophet proclaims the revelation of his Lord, but the messenger of Allah receives the revelation and implements it with power and authority. Moses was the guiding example of a messenger for the Semite peoples, for he was both the spiritual and political leader of his nation.

Christ carried God's message with power and authority to all nations. He prayed, "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3) The Son of Mary did not establish an earthly kingdom with taxes, weapons and wars, but opened for us the door into the heavenly kingdom of God. He overcame sin and death; and gives his followers eternal life. His dominion is spiritual and not earthly.

Qur'anic references to Christ as the messenger (rasul) of Allah: Suras Al 'Imran 3:49; -- al-Nisa 4:157, 171; -- al-Ma'ida 5:75; -- al-Saff 61:6. See also: Suras al-Baqara 2:87, 253; -- al-Hadid 57:27; etc.

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