What is Christ?

This was Originally posted 5/31/2010

 

According to Merriam-Webster:

1 : messiah
2 : jesus
3 : an ideal type of humanity
4 Christian Science : the ideal truth that comes as a divine manifestation of God to destroy incarnate error

In the KJV and the NKJ, the word “Christ” does not appear in the Old Testament. It appears 500 times in the New Testament alone. The Greek word for Christ is “Christŏs”, which means “anointed”, “the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus”, “Christ”.

What is Messiah?

 

According to Merriam-Webster:

1 capitalized a : the expected king and deliverer of the Jews b : jesus 1
2 : a professed or accepted leader of some hope or cause

The word appears twice in the OT, and doesn’t appear at all in the NT, in the KJV. The Hebrew word is “mâshîyach”, which means “anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint)”, “Messiah”. The word “Messias” is the word used in the two places in the NT that refer to Messiah. It’s the Greek word “Mĕssias”, which means “Messias” or “Christ”.

So, what does this mean?

 

I got a revelation about this the other day. Then, I had a dream the following night that not only confirmed it, but in a sense showed it revealed.

First, let us consider what we typically associate with the word “Christ”. We closely associate it with Jesus. Some people believe that it is Jesus’ last name. I find that humorous, but I actually thought that a long time ago. Some regard it as a title fit only for Jesus, like Messiah, or Immanuel, which means “God with us”.

Let’s first look at scripture.

John 14:12“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Jesus is talking to His disciples here. Most people explain everything that Jesus did by His divinity. Granted, He is the Son of God. But, in a sense, that alienates Him from us, for we totally rule out thinking that He was actually human, which He is. Traditionally, we think that Jesus is God and that is why He could do everything that He did, and that we could never strive to be like Him because we aren’t divine. I personally think that’s a scapegoat mentality, effectively taking away our own responsibility to the Kingdom of God.

Luke 10:19Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

There are many significant things about this verse. First, Jesus granted people authority. This takes away the misconception that Jesus was the only one that could do what He did. Combined with John 14:12, we have no excuse preventing us from repeating all He did, and even accomplishing more than Him. Second, He’s not talking to just His twelve apostles, so we can’t use the excuse that only apostles could do what He did. He was talking to the seventy that He sent out after the twelve left and returned. These were not senior pastors with doctorate degrees in theology—these were commoners whose only qualification was faith and humble obedience.

So, what gave Jesus the ability to do what He did, if it wasn’t simply the fact that He is the Son of God?

Luke 3:22And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

The answer is the Holy Spirit. This event—His baptism—sparked Jesus’ earthly ministry. He did not attempt to operate in the miraculous until He received power from on high. This is why He tells us the same thing.

Luke 24:49Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

In this passage, Jesus is about to leave to go to the Father. He tells His disciples to terry in the upper room. What happens when they get there?

Acts 2:2-42 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Like Jesus before He started His earthly ministry, the disciples received the Holy Spirit. This was a necessity for the anointing in which Jesus walked and operated. The same power that Jesus used to heal the sick, cure the blind, and raise the dead—the Holy Spirit—now resides in us. He promised that greater things we would do. Why aren’t we doing them? I think it’s because we don’t know who we are.

Romans 12:4-54 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2712 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Ephesians 4:15 – 1615 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

This we’ve probably heard all our entire church lives. We are familiar with the concept that we are the body of Christ and that Jesus is the Head of the Body, but do we really understand that? I don’t think we do. Think about it. It doesn’t say we are the Body of Jesus—is says we are the Body of Christ. Jesus is a person—Christ is a title of anointed authority. We are the Body of Christ, which means we are a part of Christ. The anointing of Christ is in us and we are in it.

We need to understand that the anointing Jesus operating under was the anointing entitled “Christ”. We not only have that same anointing, it is what gives us identity in the Kingdom of God. We don’t do what Jesus did because we think only Jesus is the Christ. Jesus is the Head of Christ, but we are the Body of Christ.

Since Jesus is no longer here physically, we are Christ on this earth.

This is why He told us in John 14 that we would do greater things—because He was going to the Father and leaving it in our hands. We cannot live off of yesterday’s miracles. We cannot exalt the past when His anointing—the Christ anointing—rests on us to tackle the present and the future. We are called and mandated to operate in conjunction with Jesus to be the completed and operating Christ in this world.

Having read that, go back and reread the definition of Christ according to Merriam-Webster.

Seriously, go ahead. I’ll wait.

Consider definition 3 — an ideal type of humanity. That’s pretty accurate, I think. For it is how Jesus would have us live—under the Christ anointing. He called us to be the Body of Christ, with Himself as the Head, so He could lead us to live in victory as He demonstrated could be done while He was here.

Jesus was the Christ. Jesus is the Head of the Body of Christ. We are the Body of Christ.

I believe the Christ anointing is a specific anointing designated for earth. This is why Jesus received it while on earth as opposed to carrying it with Him from heaven. And this is why He gave it to us when He left. He didn’t need it anymore—we do. But we haven’t grasped a hold of the fact that we are the Christ because we think it’s a title for the divine only.

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