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Historical Jesus: Implications of being the 'Christ'

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What does Christ mean and how does it relate to the Historical views of Jesus? Or, does it? Who referred to Jesus as the Christ and did everyone think of Him this way? What did the title of being called the "Christ" imply? Provide biblical evidence and include all references please.

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This solution explains the meaning of the "Christ" and the implications as it relates to Jesus and the perceptions of the people. The implications of the Historical Jesus being the Christ are illustrated through Biblical evidence.

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1. What does Christ mean?

The term "Christ" means that Jesus was anointed [the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered "Messiah" (q.v.)] and was the official title of our Lord.

The word Christ occurs five hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament. It denotes that Jesus was anointed or set apart for his great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people.

This name denotes that Jesus was divinely appointed, commissioned, and accredited as the Saviour of men (Heb_5:4; Isaiah_11:2-4; Isaiah_49:6; John_5:37; Acts_2:22).

2. Who referred to Jesus as the Christ and did everyone think of Him this way?

In the New Testament, He is referred to Jesus the Christ (Acts_17:3; Acts_18:5; Matt_22:42), the ...

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