My Beloved

My beloved is mine and I am his! (Song of Solomon 2:16, Amplified)

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine… (Song of Solomon 6:3, KJV)

In Webster’s 1828 Dictionary the word my is defined as “belonging to me”. I belong to Him and He belongs to me. 

…because ye belong to Christ… (Mark 9:41, KJV)

Belong is “usually best rendered… by the verb ‘to be'” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary).

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28, KJV)

You were bought with a  price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. (1 Corinthians 6:20, Amplified)

He chose us to be His own.

Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4, Amplified)

And He chose to be mine.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3:16, KJV)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, KJV)

…He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened  Him, for] it is by grace… that you are saved… (Ephesians 2:5, KJV)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, KJV)

…Christ in you, the hope of glory… (Colossians 1:27, KJV)

He is mine and I am His. The King of the Universe is mine and I am His. I live in Him and He lives in me.

Christ

In the past few years there has been much talk and many grassroots campaigns to “keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas”. I say amen to that as I am sure many others do as well. But I wonder if people really know the true weight of that word “Christ”. For many it may simply be a part of Jesus’ Name. But what does this word Christ truly mean?

Christ is a Greek word that means ‘anointed’. Jesus was the Anointed One. And what was He anointed with?

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound… (Isaiah 61:1, KJV)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38, KJV)

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (Matthew 11:2-5, KJV)

It wasn’t His last name. It was Who He was and What He carried… the Anointed One and His anointing.

So what does this mean in our lives? Well, with the knowledge of the true meaning of the word ‘Christ’, how much more truth and power is revealed to us in Philippians 4:13?

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me… (Amplified)

This Anointing, this strength in Jesus healed the sick, fed the multitudes and raised the dead.

Yes, let’s keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas, but let’s also see to it that we keep Christ in every day of our lives and change this world to the Glory of God!