Have you ever heard of Χριστιανός?
Oh yeah. It’s a Greek word. It is pronounced as Christianos. In simple words it means a Christian. Oh you knew it? That’s great.
Do you know what is the meaning of Christian? The answer is so simple. It means partisan with Christ. Also means a follower of Christ.
How many times?
How many places do we find the word Christian mentioned in the Holy Bible? I was surprised to know that the word Christian is mentioned only thrice in the new testament. (Acts11:26, 26:28; 1Peter4:16)
Why is it mentioned so less times? The answer is very simple. There was no necessity. The followers of Jesus Christ comfortably referred to themselves as disciples of Jesus Christ.
How many times the word disciples occurs in the Bible? The results are stunning. The word Disciples occurs 229 times in new testament!😲
Who coined the name?
It is believed that the disciples never called themselves as Christians and they were labelled as Christians by the unbelieving world around them.
The name Christian wasn’t given out of appreciation or recognition. The disciples were labelled Christians out of disliking. Just to differentiate them from others. It was meant to disregard the followers of Christ.
The Christian community liked this Idea and looks like they immediately adopted this new name.
Acts 11:26 NASBS
and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
This is the first instance when the disciples were called Christians.
Acts 26:28 NASBS
Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”
The king Agrippa knew about this group called as Christians. He understood that Paul’s discussion is going to persuade him to accept Christianity. The name Christian was quite popular, even kings knew about this faith.
1 Peter 4:16 NASBS
but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.
Apostle Peter said that if you are suffering because as a Christian then glorify God through this experience of suffering for being a Christian.
Whatever name we may prefer to call ourselves! The most important thing is to consider is, whom are we glorifying?
May God bless us all and get himself glorified through our individual lives.
Shalom 🕊️ from the Bible blogger 😇