​Words are symbols for things that cannot be fully described with words. 

Take, for example, the word women. The word is a symbol for a person who is so much more than ‘woman’ and is continually evolving into something even more than the word conveys. Another example is the word Bible, meaning ‘books’. It symbolizes something more than books, or even a collection of Christian Scriptures, which continue to evolve into something even greater than before. So, new words, or symbols, are contrived – such as ‘Holy Bible’ or ‘God’s Word’.

Consider the word Jesus. It is a symbol for a Jewish man who lived some 2000 years ago in a small village in Galilee called Nazareth. Many Jewish men in those days were given the name Jesus, so the word, or symbol, did not fully describe or differentiate one Jesus from another. Thus, this man became known as Jesus of Nazareth. His name continued to change as he evolved into something more than before. Both the man and his name have become renowned since it was believed he had revived his body after having been crucified.

Next, consider the word anoint. The word is a verb found in the Old Testament and conveyed the simplistic meaning: “to rub with oil”. Yet, it evolved into a word or symbol meaning “to consecrate”. When a Jewish person was selected for a special purpose, such as a king, he would be anointed by a prophet, i.e. consecrated by God. David comes to mind as a renowned warrior and king. Most people would not know, however, that King David had been christed (i.e. anointed). You see, the word was a verb – not a noun.

Much, much later, the word did transform into a noun. That is due to the fact that the word anoint -- as a symbol for something -- could not fully describe its unfolding character. At this juncture, the word anoint became a title for the consecrated person. Over time, Jewish prophets began to prophecize that God would send forth an anointed person -- a Christ -- to be their king and priest. Ultimately, several hundred years later, the man Jesus of Nazareth was depicted by his Christian followers as being the Jewish messiah, or christ, or anointed one.

Now, let us take the words Jesus Christ. Such has become the symbol or name for the man originally called Jesus of Nazareth. His title, Christ, has been added to his name, Jesus, to provide him with a new name, or identity. One might say the symbolic words Jesus of Nazareth had evolved into Jesus, the Christ, which had evolved into Jesus Christ. Many Christians are unaware that Christ was not his last name, but rather, a title. 

In Unity, our use of such words, or names, has evolved into an even greater, metaphysical understanding. Differentiating our human nature (or physical self), from our eternal nature (or spiritual Self), Unity teaches that Jesus, the human being, was the perfect expression of the Christ, his divine Self, i.e.: Jesus Christ. Your spiritual Self is also called Christ. “Christ in you – you’re hope of glory.”

Charles Fillmore in the Revealing Word writes, “Christ is the divine man. Jesus is the name that represents an individual expression of the Christ idea … Jesus is the Way-Shower. He came that we might have life more abundantly; that is, he came to awaken man to the possibilities of his own (spiritual) nature.”

Let these words abide in you and evolve through you … to generate something even greater than before … which cannot be fully described … with words.

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The Symbol of Jesus Christ
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel 
July 1, 2014
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