Having grown up in a Christian home and led my life as a devout Christian, a day hasn’t passed when I haven’t heard, said, or read the word Christ. As a title used to refer to our Lord Jesus, the word Christ has become part and parcel of any Christian’s vocabulary. I traced the popularity of this word back to the Bible, which led me to wonder about one question: “How many times is Christ mentioned in the Bible?”
In this article, I’ll delve into what the Bible says about Christ, list some Bible verses that mention Christ, and answer whether Christ is a title or Jesus’ name and much more! Keep reading to learn more!
The Bible mentions Christ when specifically referring to Jesus, and it says the following about Him:
Christ is the savior
In John 14:6, Jesus Christ proclaimed that he was the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one could get to the Father except through him. This message is echoed in John 3:16–17, which says that God sent Jesus into the world not to condemn us but to save us through him. Also, Acts 4:12 says that salvation can only be found through Christ.
Christ is God in the flesh
In John 10:30–39, Jesus Christ declared that He and God are one, as God is in Him and He in God. When the Jews heard this, they tried to stone him, saying it was blasphemous for Jesus, a mere man, to claim to be God. The apostles Paul and Peter also refer to Jesus as God in Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1, respectively. Even God himself acknowledged Jesus as his equal when he called him “God” and said his throne would last forever (Hebrews 1:8; Psalms 45:6).
Also, the Bible gives Jesus Christ attributes that can only be associated with God:
- He is sinless (1 Peter 2:21–22; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- He forgives sins (Mark 2:7; Matthew 9:6)
- He performed miracles (Matthew 8:9–13; John 6; Luke 7:11–18)
- John 17:3: While praying before his crucifixion, Jesus asked God to glorify him so that all people could know him as the only true God, and know Jesus Christ, whom he had sent.
- Acts 2:38: Peter encouraged the early Christians to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that they could receive forgiveness for their sins.
- Acts 3:6: Peter healed a lame beggar in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Romans 1:1: Paul was a servant of Christ Jesus, and he was chosen to be an apostle to spread the gospel of God.
- Romans 3:25: The apostle Paul preached that Christ shed his blood at Calvary so that we could receive atonement for our sins.
- 1 Corinthians 1:4–6: The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that their gifts of speech and knowledge, which they had received through Jesus Christ because of God’s grace, showed that what Paul testified about Christ was true.
- 1 Corinthians 5:7: Paul encourages us to change our ways and seek righteousness, as Christ has already made the ultimate sacrifice.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10: Paul encourages us to lead holy lives even while we’re in our earthly bodies, for all our earthly actions will be judged before Christ.
- 2 Timothy 2:3: The apostle Paul invites Timothy to join him in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
- 1 John 3:16: John teaches us that we can show love to our brothers and sisters by laying down our lives for them the way Jesus Christ did for us.
Christ is first mentioned in different verses in different Bible versions. For example, the King James and English Standard Bibles first mention Christ in Matthew 1:1 when describing Jesus’ genealogy. On the other hand, the New International Version first mentions Christ in John 1:17, when John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus Christ.
Theologians agree that Christ is a title used when referring to Jesus, but it is not Jesus’ name. The word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “Christos,” which means “chosen one” or “anointed one.” The Hebrew variation of “Christos” is “Mashiach,” which is translated to “Messiah” in English.
In Luke 1:31, the angel Gabriel instructed Mary to name her son Jesus. “Christ” is the title that shows Jesus was chosen by God to be our savior and mediator (Matthew 3:16–17;Acts 10:38). Therefore, “Jesus Christ” means “Jesus the Chosen One” or “Jesus the Anointed One.”
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.