What Should Believers In The Messiah Call Themselves?

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Where did the word “Christ” come from? 

In the Septuagint version of the Hebrew Bible, the word Christ was used to translate into Greek the Hebrew Mashiach (messiah) (H4899), meaning “anointed.” Christós (G5547 – Root G5548) in classical Greek usage could mean covered in oil, or anointed, and is thus a literal translation of messiah.

When was the word “Christian” first used, and how?
The term “Christian” was used to describe a follower of Messiah from the world’s point of view. The pagans at Antioch called the apostles “Christians” first (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28) and used it derogatorily because the apostles did not follow the commercial world of the pagans. “Christian” is an adjective, not a noun. Mashiach Yahusha never called himself a Christian, and He never called his followers Christians. The apostles never called each other Christians. Mashiach Yahusha never used an adjective to describe himself.

So how are we to identify ourselves?
The disciples called each other brethren, brothers, sisters, disciples, apostles, servants, believers, followers, the faithful, the elect, and the called. You will not find groups of people being called Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal, etc.

What does 1 Peter 4:16 mean?
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (King James Version)
But if one suffers being Messianic, let him not be ashamed, but let him esteem Elohim in this matter. (The Scriptures Version)
 וכי־יענה כאחד המשיחיים אל־יבוש כי אם־יודה לאלהים על־הדבר הזה (HNT Version)
If you go into the Hebrew, you will see that it means “follower of the Mashiach” and not “christian.”

 

Why do people call themselves followers of someone they don’t imitate?

Follower – an adherent or devotee of a particular person, cause, or activity.

It’s due to lack of knowledge and actually following others (i.e. pastors, family members, etc.) and not learning of Mashiach and who He really is.

Mashiach kept the Feast Days found in Leviticus 23 and never worshiped idols and their festivals.

Mashiach wore tzitziyot (tassels) found in Numbers 15:38.

Mashiach worshiped the Father only and taught others to worship the Father only found on Matthew 4:10.

Mashiach is a sacrificial gift from the Father Yahuah (Leviticus 17:11). We pray to the Father only in the Name of Mashiach Yahusha.

Mashiach nor his disciples ate unclean animals (pork, shellfish, etc.). You will not find it in scripture anywhere. Acts 10:14 shows that Peter never ate unclean (the vision was not for him to start eating unclean but to witness to the gentile Cornelius – Acts 10:17).

 

Why do the gentiles rage, And the peoples meditate emptiness? The sovereigns of the earth take their stand, And the rulers take counsel together, Against Yahuah and against His Messiah, and say, “Let us tear apart Their bonds, And throw away Their ropes from us.” He who is sitting in the heavens laughs, Yahuah mocks at them. Then He speaks to them in His wrath, And troubles them in His rage, saying, “But I, I have set My Sovereign on Tsiyon, My set-apart mountain.” “I inscribe for a law: Yahuah has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have brought You forth. ‘Ask of Me, and I make the gentiles Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth Your possession. ‘Break them with a rod of iron, Dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” And now, be wise, O sovereigns; Be instructed, you rulers of the earth. Serve Yahuah with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be enraged, And you perish in the way, For soon His wrath is to be kindled. Blessed are all those taking refuge in Him. (Psalms 2:1-12)

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