The Son Of Man

While on earth, Christ identified with us so greatly that He referred to Himself as the Son of man.

In, or about, 1978 a TV mini-series was shown on American TV called “Jesus of Nazareth”.  Being moderately interested in biblical themed subjects at the time, I watched. It made a deep impression on me on many levels, but none so much as witnessing Jesus refer to Himself repeatedly as “the Son of man”. That self-referral bore into me each time he said it. Why? I couldn’t explain it at the time, I didn’t have the words. But I buried it in my heart and turned it over in my mind many times from then forward. I didn’t know what was in the bible then, and I had never heard the Son of God referred to as the “Son of man” ever before. I accepted He was the Son of God by faith, but didn’t know what my faith rested on. I didn’t even fully know what “Son of God” meant. So I investigated the gospels for myself, and sure enough there it was printed in the bible – Jesus referring to Himself as the “Son of man” many times – over and over. He refers to Himself by this term over 30 times in Matt., Mark 15 times, Luke 25 times and John 12 times. But what does this mean? It sounded so personal to me.

Was He speaking to me personally? Yes! But not to me only. To all who bend their knee before Him and confess Him as LORD of Lords and King of kings.

I now understand the theological multi-level meaning in calling Himself the Son of man. And wrapped in the center of that meaning is a very personal application which should be gleaned. In a very real sense He gave expression that He cares about our, mine and your, relationship with Him as He cares about His relationship with God the Father, and God’s for Him and us, you and me.

And it gave expression to His sense of connection with all mankind in sympathy, fortunes and destiny. He felt Himself to be identified with us as our elder brother, our fellow-sufferer, our representative and champion; and, in some respects, the deepest word He ever spoke was,

“For the Son of man also came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 parallel).

When we suffer in life’s many experiences we have a God Who can say, “I know exactly how you feel, because I experienced it too.” When we experience happiness or fear, joy or sorrow He experiences it with us. We can be assured of it. He declared Himself the Son of man, being the Son of God.

How could anybody love a God who comes to his own creation, taking on the form of that creature, to experience what that creature experiences, first-hand, good and bad, for the sake of loving same creature? The question is how could that creature NOT love such a God?

-GW

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  1. THEY BELIEVE THE BIBLE…..? BY STEVE FINNELL

    THE QUESTION: Do you believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God?

    THE ANSWER: Far too many believers in Christ say they believe the Bible is God’s word, however, they believe parts of it have been mistranslated and they assert that there any many contradictions and errors.

    WHAT PARTS OF THE BIBLE DO THEY BELIEVE?

    THEY BELIEVE: God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That God is smart enough to guide men to accurately translate the Bible.

    THEY BELIEVE: The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. (John14)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: The Word when He said, “Has been baptized shall be saved.” (Mark 16:16)

    THEY BELIEVE: Naaman had his leprosy washed away by dipping in the water of the Jordan river, seven times. (2Kings 5:1-14)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That Saul had his sins washed away by being baptized in water, one time. (Acts 22:16)

    THEY BELIEVE: That Jesus walked on water. (Mark 6:45-48)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That Jesus washed the church using water and the word, sanctifying , cleansing her, making her holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

    THE BELIEVE: That God destroyed all flesh on the earth with the waters of the great flood; except for Noah and his family. (Genesis Chapters 7&8)

    THE DON’T BELIEVE: That God saves men with the waters of baptism. (1Peter 3:20-21)

    THEY BELIEVE: That God made an axe head of iron float in water. (2 Kings 6:1-7)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That being baptized into Christ refers to water baptism. (Galatians 3:26-27)

    THEY BELIEVE : That the Lord parted the waters of the sea so the sons of Israel could cross on dry land. (Exodus 14:21-22)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That believers were crucified with Christ when they were buried in the watery grave of baptism. They don’t believe that the body of sin was done away with at the point of water baptism. (Roman 6:3-11)

    THEY BELIEVE: That Jesus performed a miracle by turning the water into wine. (John 2:1-11)

    THEY DON’BELIEVE: Jesus when He spoke of water baptism as being part of the new birth. (John3:5)

    THEY BELIEVE: God gave the power to Moses to strike the rock at Horeb to make water flow from the rock. (Exodus 17:1-6)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: Being buried with Christ in water baptism results in forgiveness of all transgressions. (Colossians 2:12-13)

    THEY BELIEVE: That God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out and Samson could drink. (Judges 15:16-19)

    THEY DON’BELIEVE: That three thousand, on the Day of Pentecost, were baptized in water in order to have their sins forgiven. (Acts 2:37-38)

    THE BELIEVE: That the Lord provided water without rain for Jehoshaphat. (1 Kings 3:16-17)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That God uses water for the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5)

    THEY BELIEVE: That all Scripture is inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That God’s word endures forever as recorded in the Bible. (1 Peter 1:23-25)

    THEY BELIEVE: That man shall live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

    THEY DON’T BELIEVE: That man should live by every word in the Bible because it is filled with errors, contradictions, and has been corrupted by man’s biases in various translations.

    You can either trust God to provide an inerrant translation of His word or you can trust none of the Bible.

    THE BIBLE IS NOT A THEOLOGICAL BUFFET FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE THE DOCTRINES THAT SUPPORT YOUR OPINIONS!

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG.

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