Kicking off our weekly (or thereabouts) series A Greek Word You Need to Know, I felt the only appropriate place to begin is with Χριστός. I promised these posts would be “short and sweet,” and so these are only meant to build interest so that you can go home and do further research for yourself. I hope you enjoy!
1. Χριστός – Christos. You pronounce it “khris-tos,” where the “k” and “h” are sort of morphed into one sound. You definitely need to use your throat on this one! The word itself means “Anointed One,” parallel to the Hebrew word for “Messiah.”
2. Obviously, Χριστός is found all throughout the New Testament. But here are a few important passages for you to check out: Matthew 1:16; 16:16; Rom 3:24; 5:1; 1 Cor 15:3.
3. Why should you know this word? Perhaps I should say that it’s NOT because “Christ” is Jesus’ last name. Rather, Χριστός is the title, if you will, of the long-expected person who God would send to redeem and renew all things. Of course, as Christians we believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Χριστός , the son of the living God–shown to be so by his resurrection from the dead (Rom 1:4).