Fun with Bible Words 3: Christ

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Jesus Christ. I used to think that was His name. Jesus, first name, Christ, middle name. Not sure about the last name…I guess if you’re Jesus and all your mail gets to you in a timely manner, you don’t need one. But as it turns out, Christ is actually a descriptive Greek word that is only left untranslated when used with Jesus for some unknown reason. Every other time, it’s translated as “anointed.” Hence, it should actually read Jesus Anointed if we are to keep things consistent. Also, sometimes the translators use the word “Messiah” for the Greek word Christ, which is also not accurate.

Check out some of these verses where the same exact Greek word, “Christos,” is used:

Matt. 1:1: The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah (Anointed), the son of David, the son of Abraham :

Matt. 16:16: Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ (Anointed), the Son of the living God.”

Matt. 24:5: “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ (Anointed),’ and will mislead many.

Lev. 4:5: Then the anointed priest is to take some of the blood of the bull and bring it to the tent of meeting,

Ps. 18:50: He gives great deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever.

1 Sam. 24:6: So [David] said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed [Saul], to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD’S anointed.”

Ps. 28:8–9: The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed. Save Your people and bless Your inheritance…

The only point here is that if translators would stay true to the Greek and Hebrew and translate consistently, we’d all have a much easier time understanding themes and what is going on. Plus, when you start doing back bends with the text, it sets you up for errors. Anyhow, I thought you might enjoy knowing what Christ actually means, and that no, it’s not His middle name.

Are you learning anything with me here?

Stay tuned for next time when the magic mistranslated word of the day is “soul.” Now that sounds interesting!

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  • Damian

    No takers. I think your readers are on to you, or maybe some serious study is going on. Let us hope so. i liked your Satan Blog. I never looked into that close. Thanks.

    • jferwerd

      hahaha…they're so stumped, they're speechless. Or they all left. :D

  • giea kennedy

    yes! loving the learning…keep up the detective work julie.

  • jferwerd

    Thanks Gieapet! I appreciate all your loving support and encouragement.

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    • jferwerd


    • jferwerd

      Be sure to send me the link!

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  • You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses.

  • Your post inspired this one today, Julie. Bless you and thanks! If you have an interest:

    Here's a short quote:

    Discovering the specific meaning of “Jesus” requires some dictionary digging. Jesus is the English spelling of the Greek Iesous, from the Hebrew Yeshua (English: Joshua) which means “the Lord is salvation” or simply “savior.” Christ—a title—is from the Greek word Christos from the Hebrew Mashiah (English: Messiah). It means “anointed” or “consecrated” and set apart for service.

    • jferwerd

      All good stuff…thanks for sharing with me. Also, did you realize that Yahweh in the Hebrew picture language means "hand revealed, nail revealed"? Cool huh? Very deep. You would really enjoy that book I promoted for awhile on my homepage: "Creation's Heartbeat: the Bible's entry code in Genesis 1:1." It's an entire book devoted to the hidden codes from the Hebrew language in this one verse and it's so rich and deep! If you read it, skip or scan the intro..he's really long winded.

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