From Son of Man to Son of God

     Daniel the prophet has a night vision and introduces to us one of the most mysterious and powerful passages in Scripture: "I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13-14)  So many things we could consider ; "one like the Son of man", "coming with clouds", "The Ancient of Days", "all languages shall serve him","an everlasting dominion"  and finally "a kingdom which can never be destroyed". I' ve always been intrigued by the term, "Son of man". Some understanding comes when we realize Jesus relates Daniel's dream to himself. "But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power , and coming in the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:61-62)

     By this we can see it's safe to say, this is a prophesy which is fulfilled in Jesus, so when Jesus calls himself "son of man ", which he did over 80 times in the New Testament, the origin comes from the prophet Daniel. Jesus also prophesied; and declared a time when the Son of man would be transformed by the right hand of power and would be declared to be "The Son of God" :"And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (Rom.1:4)  In this season of resurrection, which is to remind us,Jesus is our "Passover Lamb" (!Cor.5:7) , we observe the greatest event ever documented in our History. You see, the resurrection of  Jesus not only ensured His total power and dominion, but represents the miraculous transformation from "Son of man" into the only begotten "Son of God".

     As the "Son of man" he was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, earning the title of "high priest" and also our "elder brother".  "Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." (Phil.2:6-7)  We all relate to this side of Jesus, we know he loved little children, loved his mother, and went about doing good things. This is the safe side of our savior, the scripture even teaches us along this avenue; "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither  in this world, neither in the world to come."(Matt.12:32)   " man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."(!Cor.12:3)  Maturity is God's focus on his remnant seed, we are to allow Jesus to become Lord of our life, and let the Holy Ghost (the incarnate spirit of the Son of God) to dwell inside us as the Captain of our souls!! The role of the "Son of man" has been completed and is Gone For Good !! "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;" (Phil.2:9-10) THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER!!

     The fact that Jesus was both "Son of man" and "Son of God" brings us to our closing thoughts. I have watched as these two entities sometimes overlap and confusion in teaching results. His humanity must never be mistaken for His Deity. Paul emphasis this in (II Cor.5:16): "Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more." You must realize, even by the wording, in this verse the wherefore and the henceforths,that emphasis is being made that a separation is mandatory. If we are to grow into our relationship as "sons of God" we must be led by the Spirit. We are to know no man (even Jesus) by the flesh, the flesh profiteth nothing. Paul goes on to say:"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." The "mind of Christ" is the mind of the new creature, our location is always "in Christ". The will of God is to "rightly divide" not only God's word, but also to discern what is carnal and what is spiritual;"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:for they are foolishness unto him:neither can he know them,because they are spiritually discerned."(ICor.2:14)

                                                                                                 "in-Christ" always Elmer Hart


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