What’s in a Name?

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I have heard that in the United States, over three-quarters of the population “claim” to be Christian. I decided to check online for some research and I picked out three sources out of more than I can count concerning the polling of people whole believe they are Christians.

From the early part of this new century until a poll in 2014, the number of people who claim a “religious” affiliation to Christianity has went from 83% to approximately 71% in 2014. It is true less and less people are claiming a “Christian” affiliation, but as you can see, the number is still close to three-quarters of the population.

Now, here is the thought I want you to consider; how many who claim to be or follow “Christianity,” think that the title of Christ is Jesus’ last name, or possibly even His first name? I’m not being silly or frivolous in asking this for I have a concern in mind when asking. All I ask of you is to look at the initial definition given above as found when inputting the question into the search engine, Bing; as to: the meaning of Christ.

Oxford Dictionaries, one of the most respected dictionaries in the world, tells you, what the scholarly world thinks; the title, but also treated as a name! Or this one; an oath used to express irritation, dismay, or surprise! If you pursue further in their origin of the word, you will find the Greek word “Christos” meaning “anointed” one, or “chosen” one. BUT, you have to search further for that in the dictionary.

How many who claim to be Christians, actually know that Christ is the title given to Jesus because He IS the Chosen One, the Anointed One? As stated above, “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “anointed” one or “chosen” one. This is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Mashiach, or “Messiah.” “Jesus” is the Lord’s human name given to Mary by the angel Gabriel, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.” — Luke 1:31. “Christ” is His title, signifying Jesus was sent from God to be a King and Deliverer (see Daniel 9:25; Isaiah 32:1). “Jesus Christ” means “Jesus the Messiah” or “Jesus the Anointed One.”

Now here is the thought I would challenge you to think about; since Jesus is the “Anointed One” and we are His followers, then doesn’t taking the name “Christian” also mean that we claim to be “anointed disciples” or “anointed followers?” Think about it! For centuries, the term Christian has been used to denote the followers of Christ Jesus, and according to Acts 11:26c, “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”

The followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ began under the teaching of the Apostles Paul and Barnabas, to be called “Christians” especially since Paul taught so heavily about Jesus as the Anointed One and Messiah. Using the title Christ, opened up the door for followers of Jesus Christ to be “tagged” as Christians. Remember, before this, most called the followers of Jesus a sect of the Nazarene.

How does modern man, know how to be a follower of Christ Jesus, if he doesn’t read or listen to the reading of the Bible and study for himself, the life Jesus laid out for an example AND the teachings of the Apostles and Disciples as written in the Epistles? Jesus gave us not just instruction in how to treat one another, but EXAMPLES of what He taught! In today’s vernacular it would be, “He practiced what He preached!” Jesus’ teaching focused on our walk as individuals empowered by the Spirit He would send to us. The disciples who taught based on what Jesus taught them individually, taught us how to walk not just as individuals, but as a Body united in the power of the Holy Spirit and that as individual MEMBERS we make up what is in actuality the true Church, the Bride of Christ in which Christ Jesus would return to take Home with Him.

Many today, believe they fulfill their obligations by being members of a church or a denomination and all their faith is gained by listening to the Word of God from the preacher, the leader of the congregation. But I ask you what I have hinted at time and time again, where is the “anointing” in that scenario? I am NOT saying it is not evident in SOME churches, but I am saying, the leaders of many congregations have deemed themselves the anointed and the people themselves will “rest” in the leaders anointing!

Is it any wonder, we do not see AGAPE Love expressed to the lost in the world today, but rather condemnation and disdain? Who was it that our example, Christ Jesus, confronted continually? Wasn’t it the “religious” leaders, the scribes and Pharisees that were leading the people astray? It was the “religious” that had disdain for the lost and condemned those caught in sin, yet when the King of Kings related to the public, it was with love, compassion, kindness and tenderness!

anointed-for-serviceIsn’t it time, that Jesus’ “Christian” followers go back to His example and start treating those lost and searching for truth with the same unconditional love, compassion, kindness and tenderness? Maybe REAL revival will return before Jesus Christ returns and it won’t be the circus so many have been used too through the years, but the true ANOINTING that followed the true believers of the Anointed One!

Just something I’ve been thinking and dreaming of and praying for!

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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