I’m going to make this post very short because it also serves as the basis for many hours of sermons. However, because there is a disconnect with the actual translation of the word, I felt that something needed to be written here if for no other reason but to springboard into a longer post later.
The word Christ occurs almost 540 times in the New Testament (see Strong’s 5547 [Greek]). If the New Testament uses the word that many times, then there must be a reason for it, right? Often it is used either with Jesus’ name or it may be frequently found alone. So what does this word mean then?
Many Christians see the word Christ as Jesus’ name. I also believed this for a long time, but when I learned the truth it completely changed how I read the scriptures.
Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah which literally means “The Anointed of God” or “The Anointed One”. It is not Jesus’ last name. It is His title and is the embodiment of what He came to earth to do and under what authority He did it.
If you are referring to “the Anointed One” then you have to also speak to His Anointing. I am not going to get into that too deeply in this post, but you can read about it in subsequent blogs for a more in-depth look at its application in scripture and to our lives. But you cannot be “the Anointed One” without having an “Anointing”.
If you are speaking of both “the Anointed One” and of “His Anointing”, then try substituting that phrase every time you encounter the word Christ.
Christ = “The Anointed One and His Anointing”
Now, in order for that to read any differently to you, then you need to understand what the Anointing is and what it means to us Christians, which is why I strongly recommend reading the extra blogs if you don’t know about it already.
Once you find out what the Anointing is and then begin to substitute this phrase for the word Christ, the New Testament takes on a completely different meaning in both depth and application to our lives. You can literally see it come alive while reading it.
So I encourage you to begin trying this approach and just see what the Holy Spirit is able to do for you in the process.