Book of Mormon Scripture Journal Reading; Day #1
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October 23, 2017 11:01 AM
I’ve decided to re-read the Book of Mormon today. I already finished it several months ago, and have been reading random passages here and there as I went on in my studies. I think that it’s about time I re-read it again, and re-learn some basic principles. I also consider today a new point in my life- one that I find my whole life has turned around for the better, with brighter hope and goals in mind.
First of all, I see how much conviction Mormon had when he wrote that first Title Page. He had no question in his mind that these books in the Book of Mormon were the word of God, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the Book of Mormon was Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Upon further research and dying curiosity, I discovered that “Christ” means “the anointed”. I always wondered what the word “Christ” actually meant because I’d heard people say or even read instances in the scriptures where they said, “Jesus the Christ” instead of “Jesus Christ” as if “Christ” was an adjective- a word to describe Him rather than be Him. Like the name I knew Him by.
The word “Christ” is actually a Greek equivalent to “Messiah”. “Messiah” is an Aramaic word that also means “the anointed”. (Aramaic is the language that eventually replaced Hebrew for the Jews, meaning this is the language that Jesus spoke Himself) Looking further into the definition of “anoint”, I found that this word is of similar meaning to “consecrate” or “sanctify”, all words used in similarity in the Church.
If you look at the definition of “sanctify”, you’ll find that it means “to make holy”. In conclusion, I’ve decided that “Christ” or “Messiah” mean to make holy. And you see this when throughout the scriptures and throughout prophecy of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the scriptures. He made all things holy. He created His Atonement, to help us be sanctified and clean. To help us be holy one day.