Christ as the Son of Man

July 15, 2014

Matthew 26:64—“Jesus said to him, You have said rightly. Nevertheless I say to you, From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Note 1 on Son of Man: “The high priest asked the Lord if He was the Son of God, but He answered with ‘the Son of Man.’ In His temptation He had answered the devil in the same way (4:4 and note 2). The Lord was the Son of Man on the earth before His crucifixion, has been the Son of Man in the heavens at the right hand of God since His resurrection (Acts 7:56), and will be the Son of Man even at His coming back on the clouds. To accomplish God’s purpose and to establish the kingdom of the heavens, the Lord had to be a man. Without man, God’s purpose could not be carried out on earth, nor could the kingdom of the heavens be constituted on earth.”

Cross-reference “b” on Son of Man directs us to one related verse:

Acts 7:56—“And he said, Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

The verse, note, and cross-reference are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles for America gives away the New Testament Recovery Version for free. You can order your free copy on our order page.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  • Larry Daley says:

    I totally agree that he is the Son of Man. My problem is even though I am a born again, bible reading, praying and church going believer I still fail often to see the “Son of Man” in front of me in all areas of my life. I so desire to give it “all” to him. I have thrown myself before God so many times because I know that I am incapable of living life without him. I still lose focus.

    • Sometimes, we may read the Bible, pray so much, or attend so many meetings, but the question is, are you really open to Him? If you are then that’s good. However you have to let Him enter into your every corner. For example, in a house, you can let someone come inside it, but you don’t allow him to enter your master bedroom. The same goes w our Lord. If you limit Him only in your “living room”, not allowing Him into your “master bedroom” then the Lord cannot fully work Himself within you. You also have to take Him into your “boat” – married life, family life, etc. :)

    • Bob Gunn says:

      What you are experiencing, Larry, is common to most of us who are in the body of Christ. The apostle Paul writes about this in Romans 7:14-25. Although we are made alive spiritually through faith in Jesus Christ, we still battle the flesh in which sin dwells. This is not an excuse to sin, but we must practice to overcome the temptations of the flesh (Satan’s goal to make us ineffective). Personally, I believe God gives us the power to avoid sin, but we must choose to do so. As He said to Cain in Genesis 4:7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” We can be forever grateful for Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Remember, when Christ died for our sins He died for all sins, past, present, and future. God sees you as fully cleansed, guiltless. Find a ministry to participate in, and be accountable to someone you can trust. Accountability goes a long way in helping to avoid sin. God bless.

    • Bibles for America says:

      Hi Larry,

      It’s not uncommon for believers to lose focus in their Christian walk in spite of faithfully reading the Bible, praying, and going to church. Sometimes it’s a matter of how we see ourselves as Christians and of understanding how we can live a life in Christ.

      Watchman Nee points out in his introduction to The Normal Christian Life that the only one who can live the Christian life is Christ Himself. Referring to Galatians 2:20, Nee says, “Herein lies the secret. It is Christ living the Christian life in us. When we were regenerated, Christ as the Spirit came to indwell our spirit. Now we simply need to live in one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17).”

      Not only you, Larry, but actually each one of us is incapable of living the Christian life. The only person who ever lived the Christian life was Christ. In ourselves, we are all failures. But the wonderful counterpoint to this is that Christ has come to live in each of us. When we were born again, we received Him as life into our spirit. Now He lives in us. But many things can distract us from Him. Negative things, such as sinfulness and worldly pleasures certainly can, but so can things like our daily lives, our loved ones, our jobs. Even pursuits like gaining Bible knowledge can distract us from the Christ living in our spirit.

      While we are here on earth, our flesh will always be our flesh, and the Lord knows this. In fact, He even points it out to us here in John 3:6. However, the failures we experience through our flesh and our corrupted soul don’t have to discourage us. In fact, our failures can even serve as reminders to us to turn to the Lord and to seek Him more earnestly. If we never failed, where would be our motivation to seek the Lord more deeply? Whenever we fail, we can simply turn to the Lord and confess, “Yes, Lord, I did that thing. Forgive me, Lord. Thank You.” And we can be reminded to turn to Him in our spirit throughout the day, whether in our drive to work, our dish washing, or our Bible reading.

      Some related blog posts you might find helpful are How to Experience Christ Every Day, 7 Ways to Have a New Beginning with the Lord, and Letting the Word of God Dwell in You Richly—the Pattern of Stephen.

      Also, if you’ve never read The Normal Christian Life, we encourage you toorder it free from our site. This book, and The Economy of God which it’s paired with, are immensely helpful for our normal, everyday lives as believers.

      We hope this is helpful and that you will feel free to comment whenever the Lord leads you.
  • Francis J. Connelly (frank) says:

    Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the Word of God by whom the Holy Spirit
    carries out the Divine will. It was God’s plan that Jesus became man, the incarnate Son of God, born of the blessed virgin,Mary. For three years Jesus ministered to us as a man, suffering the pains, sorrows and rejections common to the human condition. As a man he suffered terribly on the cross of Calvary; He died as a man, and was buried as a man. He paid the full price as a man for our sins. But in accordance with the scriptures, He rose again in glory, fully God and fully man. God loves us more than is humanly possible.

  • Nancy Northrup says:

    The cross reference reminds me of Gen. 28, where Jacob saw the gate of heaven (the heavens opened up) and Jehovah spoke to him. In Acts, Steven saw Jesus (Jehovah Savior), the Son of Man.

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