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ATS Bible Dictionary

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• Nave's Topical Bible
» Christ
» Divinity of christ
» Jesus, the christ
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
» Boats; available for Christ
» Christ smitten
• Torrey's Topical Textbook
» Ascension of Christ, The
» Christ is God
» Christ, Character of
» Christ, the Head of the Church
» Christ, the High Priest
» Christ, the King
» Christ, the Mediator
» Christ, the Prophet
» Christ, the Shepherd
» Compassion and Sympathy of Christ, The
» Confessing Christ
» Death of Christ, The
» Denial of Christ
» Example of Christ, The
» Excellency and Glory of Christ, The
» Hatred to Christ
» Human Nature of Christ, The
» Humility of Christ, The
» Love of Christ, The
» Love to Christ
» Miracles of Christ, The
» Power of Christ, The
» Preciousness of Christ
» Prophecies Respecting Christ
» Resurrection of Christ, The
» Second Coming of Christ, The
» Titles and Names of Christ
» Types of Christ
» Union With Christ
• Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
» Ascension of Jesus Christ
» Body of Christ
» Christ Messiah
» Christ as King
» Christ as Priest
» Christ as Prophet
» Christ, Christology
» Day of Christ
» Day of the Lord, God, Christ, the
» Death of Christ
» In Christ
» Jesus Christ
» Jesus Christ, Name and Titles of
» Judgment Seat of Christ
» King, Christ as
» Law of Christ
» Passion of Christ
» Priest, Christ as
» Prophet, Christ as
» Return of Christ
» Second Coming of Christ
» Union with Christ
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
» Baptism of Christ
» Christ
» Coming of Christ
» Humiliation of Christ
» Intercession of Christ
» Kingly office of Christ
» Nativity of Christ
» Resurrection of Christ
» Revelation of Christ
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
» Genealogy of Jesus Christ
» Jesus Christ
» Jesus Christ, Genealogy of
» Jesus Christ, The Arrest and Trial of
• Hitchcock's Bible Names
» Christ
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
» Christ
» Genealogy of Jesus Christ
» Jesus Christ
• Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia
» The Kingdom or Church of Christ
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
» Christ As King, Priest, Prophet
» Christ, Humanity of
» Christ, Intercession of
» Christ, Jesus
» Christ, Offices of
» Christ, Person of
» Christ, Temptation of
» Christ, the Exaltation of
» Coming of Christ
» Condescension, of Christ
» Day of Christ
» Exaltation of Christ, the
» Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the
» Humiliation of Christ
» Intercession of Christ
» Jesus Christ, 1 Outline
» Jesus Christ, 2
» Jesus Christ, 3
» Jesus Christ, 4a
» Jesus Christ, 4b
» Jesus Christ, 4c1
» Jesus Christ, 4c2
» Jesus Christ, 4d
» Jesus Christ, 4e1
» Jesus Christ, 4e2
» Jesus Christ, 4f
» Jesus Christ, 5
» Jesus Christ, the Arrest and Trial of
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» Obedience of Christ
» Offices of Christ
» Person of Christ, 1-3
» Person of Christ, 4-5
» Person of Christ, 4-8
» Prayers of Christ
» Priest, Christ As
» Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the
» Temptation of Christ
Greek - Christ, Christ's
Greek - Lamb i.e. Christ
Greek - gospel of Christ
Greek - false Christ, false Christs

Anointed, a Greek word, answering to the Hebrew MESSIAH, the consecrated or anointed one, and given preeminently to our blessed Lord and Savior. See MESSIAH and JESUS.

The ancient Hebrews, being instructed by the prophets, had clear notions of the Messiah; but these became gradually depraved, so that when Jesus appeared in Judea, the Jews entertained a false conception of the Messiah, expecting a temporal monarch and conqueror, who should remove the Roman yoke and subject the whole world. Hence they were scandalized at the outward appearance, the humility, and seeming weakness of our Savior. The modern Jews, including still greater mistakes, form to themselves ideas of the Messiah utterly unknown to their forefathers.

The ancient prophets had foretold that the Messiah should be God, and man; exalted, and abased; master, and servant; priest, and victim; prince, and subject; involved in death, yet victor over death; rich, and poor; a king, a conqueror, glorious-and a man of grief, exposed to infirmities, unknown, in a state of abjection and humiliation. All these contrarieties were to be reconciled in the person of the Messiah; as they really were in the person of Jesus.

It is not recorded that Christ ever received any external official unction. The unction that the prophets and the apostles speak of is the spiritual and internal unction of grace and of the Holy Ghost, of which kings, priests, and prophets were anciently anointed, was but the figure and symbol.

The name CHRIST is the official title of the Redeemer; and is not to be regarded as a mere appellative, to distinguish our Lord from other persons named Jesus. The force of many passages of Scripture is greatly weakened by overlooking this. We may get the true sense of such passages by substituting for "Christ," "the Anointed," and where Jews were addressed, "THE MESSIAH." Thus in Matthew 2:4, Herod "demanded of them," the priests and scribes, "where Christ should be born," that is, the Old Testament Messiah. Peter confessed, "thou art the Messiah," Matthew 16:16. The devils did the same, Luke 4:41. In later times the name JESUS was comparatively disused; and CHRIST, as a proper name, was used instead of JESUS.

When we consider the relation of Christ’s person, as God and man, to his official work as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and to his states of humiliation and glory; when we consider how God is in and with him-how all the perfections of God are displayed, and all the truths of God exemplified in him; when we consider his various relations to the purposes, covenants, word, and ordinances of God, and to the privileges, duties, and services of saints, in time and to eternity, we have a delightful view of him as ALL and IN ALL, Colossians 3:11.

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'CHRIST'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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