Jesus was referred to as Son of God 45 times in the gospels and but only five references of His calling Himself Son of Man and they all were in the book of John. 85 times throughout the other three gospels Jesus referred to Himself as Son of Man. As Son of Man His work of miracles was only while He was here on earth. As Son of God He is at the right hand of God and His work was the forgiveness of our sins. Now that He is sitting at the right Hand of God making intercession for us, our work is to fulfill His ministry of teaching about the kingdom of heaven and if filled with the Holy Spirit that He sent to us, we too can work in that same power.
Hebrews 10:12-13, “12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.”
In the New Testament Jesus is referred to as the Son of God and the Son of Man. Here is a few interesting points about both true statements. The Devil challenged Jesus in the wilderness and said, if He was the Son of God. His Disciples declared that He was truly the Son of God when He stilled the stormy waters while in the boat. The Pharisees accused Him of claiming to be the Son of God. When He died on the cross and the earth shook the centurions realized and declared that Jesus was the Son of God. Mark and Luke both declared Jesus to be the Son of God and when the demons saw Him and spoke, they called Him Son of God. When Jesus referenced His spiritual authority to forgive sins, or in healing the sick He called Himself Son of God as found in John 3:18, 5:25, 9:35, 10:36, and 11:4. However, eighty five times when Jesus spoke of His life and His actions here on earth He called Himself son of Man. Because He was born of a woman by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was spiritually Son of God. We know by John 1:1-3, 14, and 1 Timothy 3:16 that in fact Jesus was God in Spirit while in the form of Man. Where we need to focus our attention on is His reference to Himself as Son of Man. He was establishing the truth that He was a Man born under the Law and therefore had to live His life perfect as a Man under the Law, otherwise the grave could have held Him. As Son of Man, His ministry while here on earth was teaching the kingdom of heaven was at hand. As Son of Man His death paid for our sins because He went to the cross on our behalf.
Why is this so important to emphasis the difference between the two descriptions of Jesus? As Son of Man His work was only while He was here on earth, and according to Romans 8:11 and Ephesians 1:19-20 it was the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave. As Son of God He now sits at the right hand of God making intercession for us and waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool. The only enemy against man that remains to be under Christ’s feet is our natural death. The day will come when the enemy of death will also be under His feet. In the meantime Jesus’ work is done here on earth.
If you look at His work here on earth it all started when He was filled with the Holy Spirit. His life of perfection which prevented death and the grave from holding Him was because He was God in the flesh; the Son of God. His power to do miracles as Son of Man while here on earth was through the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul tells us in Romans 8:11 that if the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave is in you He will quicken your mortal body. The Greek word for quicken means to produce spiritual power to arouse and invigorate life, this is more than just our being spiritually raised from the dead. This spiritual power is the Holy Spirit and His purpose is to help us live our lives to the fullest, and complete the ministry Jesus started while He was here on earth. All sin has been taken out of the way and the only two things keeping us from moving in the same power Jesus moved in when He was here on earth, is our receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit and our belief and confidence of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.
Today's Daily Devotional come directly from thirty plus years of Dr. David Jones' personal study notes.
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