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150 Titles of Christ from the Scriptures

May 23, 2012

There are many, many titles of Christ in both the New and Old Testaments. As one prays and studies them, they amount to a mini-Catechesis of the Lord Jesus.

Presented below are over 150 titles of Christ. I have also presented “hot-links” to the Scriptures from which they are drawn for your further study. The list is compiled from various sources, but most come from The Catholic Source Book, compiled and edited by Fr. Peter Klein. I have also placed this article in PDF Format here: The Titles of Jesus Christ in Scripture, if you’d like to print or save the material for later reference.

I would also ask your help. The list needs to grow. There are other titles of Christ that you may know that can and should be added. If perchance you would like to use the comments section to add titles you see missing here, I will be grateful.If you know the scriptural reference and want to include it that is great. Otherwise I can probably search for it.

When considering an addition please consider if it is a true title or just an adjective. For example, “kind” is an adjective, and is true of Jesus, but it is not a title, per se. Nouns show usually show better promise as titles of Christ. But even nouns do not always amount to a title. For example “walker” is a noun, and surely an accurate description of Christ who did a lot of walking, but again, it is not a title per se.

Titles of Jesus Christ in Scripture:

Advocate – 1 John 2:1
Alpha and Omega – Revelation 1:8; 22:13
The Almighty – Revelation 1:8
Amen – Revelation 3:14
Apostle and High Priest of our Confession – Hebrews 3:1
Author and Finisher of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2
Beloved – Matthew 12:18
Beloved Son – Colossians 1:13
Bread of God – John 6:33; 50
Bread of life – John 6:35
Living Bread – John 6:51
Bridegroom – John 3:29
Brother – Matthew 12:50
Captain of our Salvation – Hebrews 2:10
Carpenter – Mark 6:3
Carpenter’s Son – Matthew 13:55
Chief Shepherd – 1 Peter 5:4
Chosen One – Luke 23:35
Christ – Matthew 16:20
Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 1:15; Colossians 1:1
Christ of God – Luke 9:20
Christ the Lord – Luke 2:11
Christ who is above all – Romans 9:5
Consolation of Israel – Luke 2:25
Chief Cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6
Dayspring – Luke 1:78
Deliverer – Romans 11:26
Deliverer from the wrath to come – 1 Thessalonians 1:10
Eldest of many brothers – Romans 8:29
Emmanuel – Matthew 1:23
Faithful and True Witness – Revelation 1:5; 3:14
Father Forever – Isaiah 9:6
First and Last – Revelation 1:17; 2:8
Firstborn among many brothers – Romans 8:29
First born from the dead – Revelation 1:5
Firstborn of all creation – Colossians 1:15
First Fruits – 1 Corinthians 15:20
Friend of tax collectors and sinners – Matthew 11:19
Gate of the sheepfold – John 10:7
Glory – Luke 2:32
Good Shepherd – John 10:11; 14
Grain of Wheat – John 12:24
Great Shepherd of the sheep – Hebrews 13:20
Head – Ephesians 4:15
Head of the Church – Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22
Hidden Manna – Revelation 2:17
High Priest – Hebrews 3:1; 4:14; 7:26
He Who Holds of the Keys of David – Revelation 3:7
He who is coming amid the clouds – Revelation 1:7
Holy One – Acts 2:27
Holy One of God – Mark 1:24
Holy Servant  – Acts 4:27
Hope – 1 Timothy 1:1
Horn of Salvation – Luke 1:69
I Am – John 8:58
Image of God – 2 Corithinians 4:4; Colossians 1:15
Indescribable Gift – 2 Corinthians 9:15
Intercessor – Hebrews 7:25
Jesus – Matthew 1:21
Jesus the Nazarene – John 18:5
Judge of the World – 2 Timothy 4:1; Acts 10:42
Just One – Acts 7:52
Just Judge – 2 Timothy 4:8
King – Matthew 21:5
King of Israel – John 1:49
King of Kings – Revelation 17:14; 19:16; 1 Timothy 6:15
King of Nations – Revelation 15:3
King of the Jews – Matthew 2:2
Lamb of God – John 1:29
Last Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:45
Leader – Matthew 2:6; Hebrews 2:10
Leader and Perfecter of Faith – Hebrews 12:2
Leader and Savior – Acts 5:31
Life – John 14:6; Colossians 3:4
Light – John 1:9; John 12:35
Light of all – Luke 2:32; John 1:4
Light of the world – John 8:12
Lion of the tribe of Judah – Revelation 5:5
Lord – Luke 1:25
One Lord – Ephesians 4:5
My Lord my God – John 20:28
Lord both of the dead and the living – Romans 14:9
Lord God Almighty – Revelation 15:3
Lord Jesus – Acts 7:59
Jesus is Lord – 1 Corinthians 12:3
Lord Jesus Christ – Acts 15:11
Lord of all – Acts 10:36
Lord of Glory – 1 Corinthians 2:8
Lord of lords – 1 Timothy 6:15
Lord of Peace – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
The Man – John 19:5
Master – Luke 5:5
Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5
Messiah – John 1:41; 4:25
Mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
Morning Star – 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 2:28; Revelation 22:16
Nazarene – Matthew 2:23
Passover – 1 Corinthians 5:7
Power and wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:24
Power for salvation – Luke 1:69
Priest forever – Hebrews 5:6
Prince of Life – Acts 3:15
Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
Rabboni – John 20:16
Ransom – 1 Timothy 2:6
Redeemer – Isaiah 59:20
Rescuer from this Present Evil Age – Galatians 1:4
Radiance of God’s Glory – Hebrews 1:3
Resurrection and Life – John 11:25
Rising Sun – Luke 1:78
Root of David – Revelation 5:5
Root of David’s line – Revelation 22:16
Root of Jesse – Isaiah 11:10
Ruler – Matthew 2:6
Ruler of the kings of the earth – Revelation 1:5
Ruler and Savior – Acts 5:31
Savior – 2 Peter 2:20; 3:18
Savior of the world – 1 John 4:14; John 4:42
Second Adam – Romans 5:14
Servant of the Jews – Romans 15:8
Shepherd and Guardian of our souls – 1 Peter 2:25
Slave – Philippians 2:7
Son – Galatians 4:4
Beloved Son – Colossians 1:13
Firstborn Son – Luke 2:7
Son of Abraham – Matthew 1:1
Son of David – Matthew 1:1
Son of God – Luke 1:35
Son of Joseph – John 1:45
Son of Man – John 5:27
Son of Mary – Mark 6:3
Son of the Blessed One – Mark 14:61
Son of the Father – 2 John 1:3
Son of the Living God – Matthew 16:16
Son of the Most High – Luke 1:32
Son of the Most High God – Mark 5:7
Only Son of the Father – John 1:14
Source of God’s creation – Revelation 3:14
Spiritual Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4
Living Stone – 1 Peter 2:4
Stone rejected by the builders – Matthew 21:42; 1 Peter 2:8
Stumbling Stone – 1 Peter 2:8
Teacher – Matthew 8:19; Matthew 23:10
Testator of the New Covenant – Hebrews 9:16
True God – 1 John 5:20
True Vine – John 15:1
The Way the Truth and the Life – John 14:6
The One who is, is was, and who is to come – Revelation 3:7
Wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:24
Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
Word – John 1:1; 14
Word of God – Revelation 19:13
Word of Life – 1 John 1:1

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  1. Larry Violette says:

    This man

    Acts 5:28

    saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”

  2. Rouxfus says:

    The Franciscan monk M.C.ing this Eucharistic flash mob in the U.K. rattles off a litany of titles for Jesus, citing the books from which they were derived, but I haven’t cross checked the list against yours, which is pretty amazing!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ5aYoSr3Hg

  3. Rouxfus says:

    The Samaritan woman at the well declares “I can see you are a prophet.” [John 4:19]

    • Rouxfus says:

      The blind from birth man also declares Jesus to be a prophet in John 9:17

  4. Rouxfus says:

    “teacher who has come from God” [John 3:2]

  5. Rouxfus says:

    While not all are strictly Biblical (nor is the Deposit of Faith, for that matter), the traditional “Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus” contains a ton of titles for our Lord:

    Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus
    http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/incab3c.htm

  6. Bender says:

    Logos (Jn 1:1 et seq.), a Sign of Contradiction (Lk 2:34), Hosanna in the Highest (Mt 21-9), Kingdom of God, Good News, Physician.

    However, for a while now, I have been pondering just exactly what is meant by this “title” (which is already on the list), it being quite mysterious. But if I have it figured out right — there is really only One title.

    He is not “the words” or “all words,” rather, He is the Word. A singular outward sign, yet all-inclusive and transcendent, encompassing all of reality, visible and that which is not visible.

  7. Rouxfus says:

    Manna – Psalm 78:24 “he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.”

  8. Rouxfus says:

    God’s victim – Genesis 22:8 “And Abraham said: God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son.”

  9. Bob says:

    In knowing who He is we know who we are. He the vine we the branches, he the shepherd we the sheep, he the creator we the creature, he the master we the slave, he the father we the children of God, he the saviour we the sinner, he the redeemer we the redeemed, he the teacher we the student, he the king we the subject, brother and friend. So just as important it is that we know who he is, it’s just as important that we know who we are.

  10. Jonathan says:

    The Glory of the Lord (Isaiah 40:5)

    The Lord of Hosts (Psalm 24:7-10)

    Offspring of the Woman (Genesis 3:15)

    Kinsman Redeemer (Ruth chapters 1-4)

    Messenger of the Covenant (Malachi 3:1)

    Refiner’s Fire and Launderer’s Soap (Malachi 3:2-3)

    Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)

    The Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys (Song of Songs 2:1)

    My Beloved (Song of Songs 2:8)

    Him Whom My Soul Loves (Song of Songs 3:1)

    The Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7)

    The Servant of the Lord (Isaiah 52:13)

    The Arm of the Lord (Isaiah 53:1)

    The Branch (Zecharish 3:8)

    The Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)

    One from the Days of Eternity (Micah 5:2)

  11. Jonathan says:

    Husband of the Church (Ephesians 5:32)

  12. Michael says:

    Man of Sorrows, Isaiah 53 – though not sure is this a title as you describe it..

  13. Polycarp says:

    Man of Sorrows –Isaiah 53:3 Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not.

  14. Meriam says:

    Temple not made by human hands

  15. Meriam says:

    Acts 17:23- for the Athenians, “the Unknown God”

  16. Polycarp says:

    Heir of all things –Hebrews 1:2 In these days, hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world.

  17. Tom L says:

    Suffering Servant, Servant of Yahweh – Is 42:1, 49:3, 52:13, 53:11
    Light to the Gentiles – Is 49:6, Lk 2:32
    Man of Sorrows – Is 53:3
    Righteous One – Is 53:11

  18. Nick says:

    From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    advocate, 519
    amen, 1065
    Anointed One, 453
    bishop, 858
    bread of life, 1338, 1406, 2837
    center of the angelic world, 331, 333, 351
    center of Christian life, 1618
    center of Scripture, 112, 117, 122, 124, 126, 129, 133-34, 139, 158
    Christ, 436-40, 453, 486, 629, 690, 695, 727, 745, 783, 1289
    example, 564, 896, 1477, 2740, 2825, 2862
    example of love, 782, 1616, 1825
    example of purity, 2345, 2348, 2394
    first-born of humanity, 381, 2790
    friend of mankind, 2665
    fulfillment of the Father’s will, 2824
    fulfillment of the Scriptures, 2763
    head of die People of God, Head of the Body, 747, 753, 782, 792-95, 807, 947, 1698
    heart of catechesis, 426-29
    intercessor, mediator, way to God, 51, 65-67, 257, 294, 2574, 2634
    Jesus, 430-35, 452, 2666
    judge, 1051, 1059
    King, 783, 786, 908, 2105
    Lamb of God, 608
    liberator of man from sin, 360, 420-21, 549, 976, 981-82, 987, 2637
    life, 2697
    light of nations and of men, 280, 748, 1243
    living, 625-26, 640, 662
    Lord, 202, 209, 446-51, 455, 668-69
    master of prayer, 2601, 2607-15, 2621, 2674, 2707, 2722, 2759, 2765-66, 2773, 2775
    master who teaches, 108, 561
    messenger of the Kingdom, 567, 865
    Messiah, 440, 453, 547
    mystery of salvation, 774
    new Adam, 359, 411, 504
    the one and only Mediator, 65-67, 480, 667, 771, 846
    the only Word of Sacred Scripture, 101-04
    our peace, 2305
    physician of souls and bodies, 1421, 1458, 1484, 1503-05, 1509
    Priest, 783, 1141
    prophet, 783, 904
    purpose of the Law, 1953, 1965, 1977
    reconciliation of God with the world, 433, 620, 1449, 2795, 2839
    Redeemer, 401, 616, 622, 679, 1026, 1069, 1235, 1476, 1992
    Resurrection and life, 994
    Revelation of the Father, 73, 221, 238-42, 2798
    Revelation of God, 50, 53, 151, 240, 272, 385, 2583, 2812
    Sanctification of men, 2813
    Savior, 389, 846, 1019, 1359, 1507, 1584, 1741, 1846
    sent by God, 422, 437
    Servant, 565, 608, 623
    shepherd of men, 160, 754
    Son of David, 439, 559
    Son of God, 423-24, 441-45, 454, 1286, 2783
    Son of man, 440, 460
    Son of the Virgin, 2665
    source of evangelization and of preaching, 49, 74-76
    source of grace, 1642
    source of hope, 1820
    temple of God, 1197
    truth, 2466
    vine, 755, 2074
    the way that leads to the Faith, 2609
    Word, 241, 456-60

  19. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Ancient of Days Daniel 7:22

  20. Polycarp says:

    As an aid to praying with the titles of Jesus, some time ago I collected them by association with a Rosary mystery. There is a practice of adding a phrase pertaining to the mystery after the name of Jesus in the Hail Mary and then continuing with the second half “Holy Mary…” For each mystery there are a few options. I have completed this for all twenty mysteries, but lest I take up too much space, here is just the Joyful Mysteries

    Titles of Jesus arranged for the Holy Rosary
    e.g. “. . . thy womb, Jesus, the Author of Life, Holy Mary . . .”

    First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

    the Author of Life (Acts 3:15)
    the Root and the Offspring of David,
    the Bright and morning star
    the Son of the Most High
    Son of God – Luke 1:35

    Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

    Son of Abraham
    God with us.
    the Horn of Salvation: (Luke 1:69)
    my Lord: (Luke 1:69)

    Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Our Lord

    Emmanuel – Matthew 1:23
    the Prince of Peace
    Holy Child
    the Son of David
    Lion of the tribe of Judah

    Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Our Lord

    Firstborn Son – Luke 2:7
    Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)
    Light of the Nations
    Desire of the Nations

    Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple

    Wonderful Counselor
    the Wisdom of God
    the Nazarene

  21. Cathy says:

    Logos (Word) John 1:1, 14. Ego eimi (I am) John 8:58; cf. Exodus 3:14. The “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah, passage #4, 52:13-53:12.

  22. Jose Navez says:

    bread from heaven Jn. 6:41

  23. RichardC says:

    I think He is called The Name in Acts.

  24. James says:

    Thank you for all the time, energy, work and prayer that went into this, I appreciate it very much. We are called to Give praise to our God, these titles will be a most beneficial way to fulfill that call and it is a gift to be able to Praise Him with the Inspired Word of God. Thank you.

  25. Charles says:

    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you. For him hath God, the Father, sealed. 28 They said therefore unto him: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore to him:

    From the above I derived two titles and here they are:

    THE SEAL OF GOD

    THE WORK OF GOD

  26. Anne Marie says:

    “He is with us always.” Mathew 28:20.

  27. Peter Wolczuk says:

    I notice that, in the main article, all the names come from the New Testament – except for the ones in Isaiah 9:6. Upon occasion I encounter someone saying that the predictions of His name that were given in the Book of Isaiah didn’t come true because they weren’t in the New Testament.
    Well, maybe truth it is that they weren’t in the NT but it’s not specified in Isaiah where the names would be used. These names have been used in historical and general discussion many times in the period of almost two thousand years of the result of His mission.

  28. Russ F says:

    The True Light (John 1:1-9)

  29. Suzanne says:

    Not on list:
    Lily, Rose of Sharon – Song of Solomon 2:1
    Bright morning star – revelation 22:16
    Gift – John 3:36
    Cup – Mark 14:23-24

    Additional scriptures for names already on your list:
    Light John 1:5
    Shepherd John 10:11
    Life John 1:4
    Please do not post my email or add me to a list.

  30. love this study on the internet says:

    love this thank you for it hope that there is more to come

  31. Ellen Vento says:

    Above all names given to him there is one that touches my soul completely, I name him “Trusted and unwavering friend,”

  32. Alexis says:

    Yes HE CAN & HE WILL Michele…Blessings…this has always been one of my fvtiroaes that helps me know that HE WILL MAKE A WAY when all else seems impossible…Thank you for sharing and making this song count!The scriptures are perfect and encouraging to have around for such a time as this!…You & your family have certainly been through the Trials in life! May God lead you through and give you rest as He carries the burdens! May HE HOLD US CLOSER by HIS SIDE!He works in ways we cannot see…