April 26, 2012
In my final semester at Asbury Theological Seminary (Spring 2011), I took a course in New Testament Greek. It was a very enlightening class, and I learned much.
After graduating, I continued to study the language, and I even began the tough task of trying to translate Scripture verses from Greek to English. But I haven’t been as diligent to open my Greek Bible or study materials in the last ten months.
I have been sick (diverticulitis) this week, however, so I have been looking at the Scriptures in Greek again. It has been a blessing to delve into the original text that was written by the authors of the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
What I have learned, today, is that the Greek word for Christ “Christos” comes from the root word “chrio” which means “anoint.” Therefore, the literal translation for the word Christ is, “the Anointed One.” So whenever a person sees the word “Christ” in Scripture, “the Anointed One” is its meaning.
For example, Colossians 3:4 states, “When [Christos, the Anointed One], who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Also, Philippians 1:6, states, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of [Christos, the Anointed One] Jesus.” In addition, Ephesians 1:9 says, “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in[Christos, the Anointed One].” Lastly, Galatians 5:1 begins, “It is for freedom that [Christos, the Anointed One] has set us free.“
I haven’t had a great week, physically, but I’m thankful that I was able to get back into the study of God’s Word in the original text. Praise the Lord!
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