For many generations, saints on earth have not fully explored the rich benefits of Biblical teaching on Jesus Christ our Lord as the “Son of God” and the “Son of man”. In most cases, Saints think that Jesus being the Son of God only means we should worship him as Lord and on the other hand do not understand what it means for Jesus to be the ‘Son of man’. Throughout the New Testament, especially the Gospels (Matthew – John), Jesus is presented as both the Son of God and the Son of man. In fact, He refers more to Himself as the Son of man than He does refer to Himself as the Son of God.
Before we get into the heart of this teaching, let us have a look at some scriptures:
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end… And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:32-33; 35 NKJV).
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (Matt 16:13 KJV).
Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man (John 5:25-27 KJV).
JESUS THE SON OF GOD
Jesus as the Son of God speaks of the deity of Jesus Christ – His splendor, glory, majesty and power as God (1 Tim 3:16). Jesus the Son of God speaks of Christ as the messiah; it also speaks of Jesus Christ as God’s heir. Had Jesus gone on the cross as only the Son of God, His death would not have been valid and legal. The sacrifice required was a sinless man who would lead the offspring of Adam out of slavery.
So what is the significance of His being the Son of God? Jesus as the Son of God means that He is God’s heir; all that His Father, the Almighty God has are His. The Scriptures make these known to us:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, WHOM HE HATH APPOINTED HEIR OF ALL THINGS, by whom also he made the worlds (Heb 1:1-2 KJV).
ALL THINGS THAT THE FATHER HATH ARE MINE: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:15 KJV).
In designing our redemption, God planned that His Son, who is the inheritor and possessor of all that God owns would bequeath His inheritance to us at His death and also share them with us in His resurrection. The Bible says, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, THAT BY MEANS OF DEATH, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, THEY WHICH ARE CALLED MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL INHERITANCE. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Where upon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood” (Heb. 9:15-18 KJV).
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together (Rom 8:16-17 KJV).
The Greek word translated joint-heirs here is “Sugkleronomos”, it mean a “co-inheritor”, it connotes one who is joined to an heir and therefore has legal rights to share in the heirs inheritance. Whatever Christ has is ours and we will share in His glory.
God in the redemption plan willed all that He has to us, but for us to have them, the One who had them must die. And that is Jesus Christ. When Jesus died and revived, the will of God, the New Testament, came into force. At this point we were allowed fellowship into the Divine Nature, (2 Pet. 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 1:3). What this means is that we became sharers in Christ’s righteousness, his holiness, power, authority and dominion. And when He comes to rule in His millennial reign, the Saints will reign with Him (Jude14; Rev. 20:4).
This is awesome! The thought of it alone, explodes the mind with revelations. Look at the order through which all that God gave our Lord Jesus became ours:
Therefore let no man glory in men. FOR ALL THINGS ARE YOURS; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; ALL ARE YOURS; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s (1 COR.3:21-23).
How did ALL THINGS BECOME OURS? The one who declared, “ALL THINGS THAT THE FATHER HATH ARE MINE” gave them to us in His vicarious death for us. In His death, He released all that He had to us that we might become all that he is and have all that he has (Heb. 9:15-18 KJV).
The scripture above shows us in possession of all things and then shows us who gave them to us, Christ and then progresses to who gave it to Christ, the Father. It starts from the result of the finished work of Christ and then goes up.
JESUS THE SON OF MAN
The validity and relevance of all that Christ Jesus accomplished in His vicarious death for humanity is anchored on His form as the Son of man. Through the identification of Christ as the Son of man, He became eternally joined to the human stock. The principle of redemption demanded that by man must the redemption of man come. At the event of the fall of man God himself hinted at this: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen 3:15 KJV). In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit unveils to us who the seed of the woman is, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, MADE OF A WOMAN, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal 4:4-7 KJV).
By bruising the head of the serpent, Jesus decimated the authority of the devil over man. The “head of the serpent” stands for the devil’s authority. We understand this from the scriptures when the Word of God says that Christ is the “Head” of the Church and a husband, the “head” of his wife, (Eph. 5:23). When the devil’s authority was rendered ineffective, it was not God doing it, was man (Christ Jesus) enabled by God.
From the scriptures we can see clearly that Jesus had a life before His entry into the earth, “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee… and now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS” (John 17:1; 5 KJV).
In His form as God, Christ Jesus could not go on the cross for us, He must become a man. A full blooded man must be slain for mankind hence the Incarnation: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 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: and being found in FASHION AS A MAN, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil 2:5-8KJV); see Rom. 1:3-4.
The wisdom of Christ Jesus becoming a man lies in the fact that God, in the New Covenant, credits to mankind (believers) all that Christ our Lord achieved as a man. In becoming a man, Christ Jesus was legally qualified to take the place of fallen human race and represent him in the redemption transaction. In Christ Jesus all humanity were judged, condemned, redeemed, forgiven, raised to life and justified! When God was dealing with Christ on the cross all of humanity were in him; everything God did on and in Him, He did to us.
We must understand the principle of sonship here; a son is what his father is. He is liable to the judgment against his father’s sins, his father’s debts are his, and whatever his father owns is his. Jesus did not say He was the son of Adam, but the Son of man. The legality of the vicarious death of Christ and its propitiatory power is based on the singular truth that he was the Son of man. God Himself had pronounced that the Messiah would be the seed of the woman (Gen 3:15). When God declared,
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: FOR I THE LORD THY GOD AM A JEALOUS GOD, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME; AND SHEWING MERCY UNTO THOUSANDS OF THEM THAT LOVE ME, AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS (Ex 20:5-6 KJV); He set into motion the principle by which we must be saved. In the above scripture generations bear the consequences of the sins of their fathers; and in the same manner generations are blessed for the righteous acts of their fathers. When Jesus took part in flesh and blood and pronounced Himself “the Son of man”, He became liable to the same judgment over man. On the basis of this, whatever Jesus was to do in the redemption plan would have direct powerful effect on the rest of mankind. His condemnation for our sins and obedience to God would wipe out all records of wrongs and condemnation against His kind – man.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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