Author: Ron Graham

Glossary Simplybible

Word Study: Christ

Word family: Christ, Christian

Synonyms: Messiah

Related ideas: Kingship (combined with priesthood), the church, prophecy, salvation

Definitions: “Christ” and “Christian” are proper names. Christian means one belonging to Christ and a follower of him. Christ means “Messiah” or “Anointed” (see Luke 4:18, Acts 4:27, Acts 10:38, Hebrews 1:8-9). This signifies a very special person, uniquely dedicated to God’s purpose, and given pre-eminent power and authority from God.

Greek References: Christos Christ 5547 (Strong) cf 5548 [Hebrew Messiah 4899 cf 4886], Christianos Christian 5546.


  Messiah (all occurrences)

  Christ (twelve typical statements)

  Christian (all occurrences)

Comment: The two titles, Messiah and Christ, are synonymous and interchangeable. “Messiah” is the Hebrew for which “Christ” is the Greek equivalent. The basic meaning of these titles is The Anointed One. The name Messiah is used only four times in the Bible —twice in Daniel, and twice in John. In contrast, the New Testament uses the name Christ over 500 times. The name Jesus Christ is not a combination of given name and surname such as we are used to. “Christ” is better regarded as a title identifying Jesus as the Anointed One sent from God as the prophets foretold.