This post will give you an explanation about the meaning of Christianity, origin and characteristics.
Meaning of Christ – Introduction
To understand the meaning of Christianity, we must first take into account that it derives from the Greek word “Christ” which means “Anointed”. Therefore, this word has its connotation in Judaism with the title of “Anointed of God”, the meaning of this word, implies being consecrated to God. The equivalent of Christ in Hebrew is “Messiah”.
Christianity is not a Religion
First, it must be very clear that Christianity “is not a religion”, since all “religion” is man’s effort to reach God. While Christianity is the result of God’s love for sinful humanity (Jn 3:16; Ro 5:8). In this way he sent his Son Jesus Christ, the Messiah promised in the Holy Scriptures, so that only through Christ can man be reconciled with God (1 Tim 2:5).
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim 2:5).
What is Christianity according to the Bible?
To understand what Christianity is in a deeper way, we need to know more about Christ.
Genesis 3:15, is the first prophetic word that describes us that the Christ would be a descendant of Adam and Eve. It also tells us that he would overcome the kingdom of sin and death. This word has its fulfillment in Luke 3: 23-38 and Luke 24: 6-7. But in the same way in many passages of the New Testament (Mt 28:5-6; Mr 16:6; 1 Co 15:55-57).
The Bible says in Genesis 22:18 “In your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed”. This word has its fulfillment on the day that Jesus Christ Abraham’s seed, exchange the blessing he deserved for being the only one to fulfill the whole Law (Deut 28:1-14), and he went to the cross to die for our sins, paying for this way, our debt to God (Is 53:12). Jesus Christ endured the punishment for our disobedience, iniquity and the curse of sin (Deut 27:26; Is 53:6), so that through his obedience and his consecrated life to God we are blessed.
Jesus Christ offered himself to the Father as our substitute, as a lamb went to the Cross to pay for our faults (Is 53:7; Mt 27:12; Mr 15:4-5; Jn 19:9), and all the wrath of God for our sins fell on Him (Is 53:5-6; 1 Peter 2:24). That is why the bible says that through sin comes death (Ro 5:12, 6:23). and only with shedding of blood there is remission of sins (He 9:22; Lev 17:11). But the Lord Jesus with his own Blood paid for our offenses against God (Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; 1 Pe 1:18-19; Rev 5:9). In this way he broke the curse that the sin expressed in the Mosaic Law brings (Deut 27:26), since anyone who broke only one of God’s commandments was under a curse. But whoever fulfilled them would be blessed in everything (Deut 28:1-14).
The Bible teaches us that there is no righteous man, not even one (Ro 3:10; Ps 14:3) and that we have all offended God. This because man could never fulfill the Law of God because of our human weakness, God sent His Only Begotten Son, so that in that same condition of man, he could live the life that none of us live. A life without sin and in complete obedience to the Father, so much so that, being the only one who deserves all the blessings, he gave his life for us, so that everyone who believed in Him would reach the Blessing of Abraham that is by faith (Acts 3:25-26; Rom 4:11; Ga 3:8, 16, 28; Col 3:11).
By last, Jesus on the third day resurrected. Because he was obedient to the Father and humiliated himself to the lowest, it pleased God to exalt him above all, giving him a name that is above every name, as the scripture says: “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:10-11).
What is the Origin of Christianity in the Bible?
Christianity has its origin in Judaism (Jn 4:22; Ge 49:10; Is 2:3; Lk 24:47). The Bible says that from the tribe of Judah and the offspring of David the Messiah would be born (Ge 49:10; He 7:14; Jer 23:5-6; Rev 5:5).
The origin of Christianity would be with blood (1 Pe 1:19; Eph 1:7; He 9:12-14; 1 Jn 1:7). In the same way that a mother gives birth to a child, so Christianity would be born, with precious Blood but an eternal covenant (Mt 26:28; Mr 14:24; He 13:20).
It was three days where the confused apostles, after walking with Jesus, seeing Him healing the sick, raising the dead, performing miracles and recognizing Him as Christ, were dismayed to see His master die on the cross and see all their hopes failed.
But one thing is what man thinks and another thing that God thinks (Is 55:8-9). Not everything would end there, because in such a way, like all birth, after suffering and pain, comes the joy of the mother to have her son in her arms (Jn 16:21). In this way came the joy for the first disciples, when they saw the empty tomb and The Lord Jesus appear to five hundred people and others. Thus it would be evident that the apostles were not the only ones who saw him, but that many were witnesses in Jerusalem (1 Co 15: 5-7; Acts 1:3; Mt 28:8-10; Mk 16:12-14; Jn 20:19-20).
With the resurrection of Jesus, Christianity would begin to expand not only in Jerusalem, but also in Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Only in Jerusalem, at the preaching of Peter, three thousand believed in Jesus and were baptized (Acts 2:41).
The gospel was expanding more and more outside the boundaries of Jerusalem. The disciples preached the word of God, but also in the name of Jesus, they healed the sick, freed the tormented by evil spirits and performed many miracles in different places (Acts 3:6-7, 5:14-16, 16:18, 19:11-12). Many repented of their sins and when they saw the power of God they were converted to Christ (Acts 8:36-38, 19:4-6, 18-19).
The word of God spread throughout many territories of the Roman Empire (Acts 11:19-20, 13:4-5, 14:1, 25, 16:11-12, 17:1-3, 16-18, 18:1, 24). So much so was this truth, that none of his disciples recanted what he said, and preferred to die crucified, beheaded, stoned or eaten by lions, but all kept firm the truth they had known (Acts 7:59-60, 12:1-2).
But if you want to know the origin of Christianity in a broader way, the book of the Acts of the Apostles records the birth of the Christian Church and of the first believers.
Main Characteristics of Christianity in the Bible
- New birth (Jn 3:5).
- A growth (2 Pe 3:18).
- A new dress (Is 61:10).
- A radiant life (Mt 5:16).
- A strengthening of character (Mt 7:24).
- A fellowship (Lk 24:32).
- An adoption (Jn 1:12).
- An education (Jn 8:31-32).
- A service (1 Tim 6:18).
- A sacrifice (Ro 12:1).
- A battle (1 Tim 6:12).
- A walk (Col 2: 6).
- A career (He 12:1).
- A victory (1 Jn 5:4).
- A security of immortality (Jn 17:3).
In conclusion, Christianity comes from the word Christ and refers to Salvation through Jesus Christ. Because man can not justify himself before God (Ro 3:24; Ga 3:11; Eph 2:8-10). Only the only way to God the Father is called Jesus (Jn 14:6)