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Christ Jesus / Jesus Christ

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by wpe3bql, May 25, 2015.

  1. wpe3bql

    wpe3bql Member

    May 15, 2015
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    Throughout the NT one reads the expression of the Son of God as either "Christ Jesus" or "Jesus Christ."

    Is there any particular reason why these words are placed in the order in which they appear in God's Word?

    One explanation I've heard of states that the order in which they appear has something to do with either the immediate context of the book's author or the general context of that book.

    IOW, "Christ Jesus" is used when His Messianic Kingship is to be emphasized--similar to what you read in the latter part of Revelation 19.

    "Jesus Christ" is used when His role as Savior is to be emphasized--probably based on Matthew 1:21.

    What do you folks out there in BB Land believe about this?
  2. JonC

    JonC Lifelong Disciple

    Aug 28, 2001
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    Some have explained the ordering as an emphasis. The apostles who walked with Jesus may point to this by Jesus the Christ, while others like Paul may refer to the Christ, Jesus. I suppose one could be emphasizing one aspect (Jesus or HIs Messiahship) while also including the other.
  3. Greektim

    Greektim Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2010
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    I heard a decent grammatical reason for the switch here: http://new-testament-greek.org/2012/04/09/jesus-christ-or-christ-jesus/

    I am having trouble viewing the link, however. The site may be down. But it seems to be a reasonable explanation based more on the Greek article than a theological point.