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When Jesus Became Christ— Part VI

Many names have been attached to Jesus,  but nobody knows if calling the title a name or the name is natural. So, for example, if my name is Bishop Joseph, M.D., my name is not M.D.; even Bishop is not my name because it is just a title attached to it.

In Isaiah, he stated, “For to us a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6-7. These things may be needed to pray that something may have happened on the way to the printing press.

As we know literally, Jesus is the Son, and the prince of peace means “to tie up loose ends together into the whole.” Therefore, Jesus as a peacemaker will weave together all differences of those living in faith to achieve unity of all lives to make Christians one happy family as a whole group, not divided, since different denominations’ mission is to compete and divide.

Christians, through generations, attached Christ to Jesus’ name. Both name and title, Christians use it in any form. Jesus is called many names, such as Christ Jesus, Messiah Jesus, the Chosen One, the Christ, and the most popular throughout the world, the name Jesus Christ but it should be Yeshua.

Khri·stosʹ is equivalent to the Hebrew Ma·shiʹach, “Messiah, Anointed. The strongest supporters of the Chosen One are the extreme believers, which others call fundamentalists or bookish believers who don’t see anything and hear nothing. If it is not in the Bible, they do not want to talk about it; neither do they go out and shop around to find more of the truth.

When a congregation leader doesn’t have the answer to any crucial question, either they will say that the Bible is silent about it. Now the blame is on the Bible for being silent or either will accept that the passage exists in the Bible and have no choice but to accept the existence of such Scriptures. The  best reason I heard, though, and may not be acceptable to me, is when they say, “they do not practice such Scriptures!”

Jesus was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. Many Christians do not even want to accept this truth because they know Jesus already as the Christ, the Son of God.   That was how they received their faith from generation to generation, from preachers of the ancient past to the present. They even made Paul a saint when during that time, Paul competed with the Apostles of Jesus Christ and proclaimed himself the super apostle and apostle of the Gentiles. He also told the Gentiles “not to listen to other Jesus that they preach but to the Jesus that he preaches” 2 Corinthians 11:4. Thus, given the reason why Gentiles became Christians embracing Paul’s teachings.

I cannot accept that I became a Christian because of lies and ignorance that took advantage of my youthful mind without using my freedom of will. Even God, who owns it, will not interfere with our decisions, and whatever the outcome of that decision will not be charged to us but remains our responsibility—Genesis 11.

 The Free Will we receive upon birth given to us by the Father Almighty is our authority to enjoy. When the time comes, it is an excellent weapon to use against deceivers, but we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit before we can rebuke someone and correct their crooked work. Sometimes it feels better to go outside the Protestant Bible, in particular, where you can find the missing links. There are many manuscripts written almost simultaneously when the Protestant Bible makes it to the publishing house. Before the reformation movement and even long before,  there existed the changing of the contents of the Bible; if it didn’t suit their likeness, they took some verses out or replaced them.

There are books worth reading called the Apocrypha, a group not canonized but included in Septuagint and the Vulgate as part of the Old Testament. Protestants omitted most of these writings even the books in the Catholic Bible were omitted for some reason, perhaps because it is Catholic and the work of other Christian writers. If Jesus had visited these denominations that flooded and divided Christianity,  he would have been disappointed to find out that it had ruined the church that he built, not the building but the congregation of the believers and the truth of his teachings.

How did Jesus become Christ?

Not many Jews believed that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. However,  the growing number of believers in many parts of the world proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God, and there are many Jews that are turning ways to him. It is believed that through Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection, God offered an open arm to human salvation that “whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life” John 3:16. Jesus died for our sins, and that made us free of sin and made way for reconciliation with God.

Part V The Chosen

Part VI Jesus Became Christ

Part VII Acceptance as Christ

Part VIII Jesus became God

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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