why do they call jesus the son of man
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his sounds like some kind of contradiction at first glance, but in fact there is no contradiction. An examination of Scripture reveals that the phrase Б Б carries broad significance. First of all, even if the phrase БSon of ManБ is a reference to Jesus', it is not a denial of His deity. By becoming a man, Jesus did not cease being God. The of Christ did not involve the subtraction of deity, but the addition of humanity. Jesus clearly claimed to be God on many occasions ( ; ; ). But in addition to being divine, He was also human (see ). He had two natures (divine and human) conjoined in one person. Further, Scripture indicates that Jesus was not denying His deity by referring to Himself as the Son of Man.
In fact, it is highly revealing that the term БSon of ManБ is used in Scripture in contexts of Christ's deity. For example, the Bible says that only God can sins ( ; ). But as the БSon of Man,Б Jesus had the power to forgive sins ( ). Likewise, Christ will return to Earth as the БSon of ManБ in clouds of glory to reign on Earth ( ). In this passage, Jesus is citing where the is described as the , a phrase used to indicate His deity (cf. ). Further, when Jesus was asked by the whether He was the БSon of GodБ ( ), He responded affirmatively, declaring that He was the БSon of ManБ who would come in power and great glory (verse ).
This indicated that Jesus Himself used the phrase БSon of ManБ to indicate His deity as the Son of God. Finally, the phrase БSon of ManБ also emphasizes who Jesus is in relation to His and His work of. In the Old Testament (, ; ), the next of kin (one related by blood) always functioned as the Б Б of a family member who needed from jail. Jesus became related to us Бby bloodБ (that is, He became a man) so He could function as our Kinsman-Redeemer and rescue us from sin. Author: Dr. Ron Rhodes of Ministries.
Copyright, 1999, Ron Rhodes. ChristianAnswers. Net Marysville WA 98270-1167 Some people argue that JesusБ reference to himself as the БSon of Man,Б proves he didnБt claim deity. However, theologian J. I. Packer explains that the name БSon of ManБ referred to JesusБ role as Savior-King, fulfilling IsaiahБs depiction of the Messiah as both the suffering Saviorб and the coming King where he is called, БThe Mighty God,Б БThe Everlasting Father,Б The Prince of Peace. Бб During his trial before Caiaphas, the high priest, Jesus referred to himself as the БSon of ManБ foretold by the prophet Daniel. Caiaphas ordered Jesus, БI demand in the name of the living GodБtell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.
Б Jesus replied, БYou have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at GodБs right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven. Б Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, БBlasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. Бб Why was Jesus accused of blasphemy? It was because Caiaphas knew very well what the Scripture saidБthat the Son of Man will be given authority over mankind and receive worship. Five hundred years before Christ, the prophet Daniel wrote, БI looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.
He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. Б Caiaphas became incensed when Jesus said he is the Son of ManБthe one deserving of worship. б So who is this БSon of ManБ Daniel is referring to, and why is he being worshiped when God alone is to be worshiped? It was clear to Caiaphas that Jesus was claiming to be God. б Isaiah 53:3-12. б Matthew 26:63-65, NLT. Daniel 7:13, 14.
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