Originally posted by madmanacrosswater
Jesus often stated he was the "Son of Man". While most claim he was the one and "only" son of GOD what was it that Jesus meant? Why did he use
He definitely was the only 'Begotten' Son of God--but to say He was the only son is to deny one's own promised future, IMO.
Perhaps Jesus, himself, was a co-conspirator with GOD using this expression in hopes that mankind would eventually understand what he meant
when he used this term.
I think that's what it is...what a sweet way to state such a thing.
It reminds me of the verse from Isaiah
(64:4); which was then later quoted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:9:
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
that love him.
However, does or did the meaning of this term have a more underlying theme? Something that Jesus wanted mankind to figure out and understand
for a better understanding of man's relationship with GOD?
in the Greek, is
only born - only begotten child.
: (remaining, sole or single, alone, only, by themselves)
: to cause to be (“gen” -erate), to become (come into being),
And, in Hebrew, it is
to bear young; specifically to show lineage, declare pedigrees, be the son of, woman in travail , woman that travaileth.
It is spelled 'yod-lamed-dalet'
yod meaning 'right hand/arm,'
lamed is the 'ox-goad' symbolizing 'teaching/learning,'
and dalet meaning 'door/way.'
Also--the designation of 'son' has always been representative of a 'builder of the family name.'
We all know what many nuances this brings
to our minds in relation to human fathers and sons (inherit the family business, walk in father's footsteps, carry on the family name). Stop and
think about it for a moment--this is exactly what it means on the other side, as well. When we read that we were made in God's image, we often
don't let that fully soak in....
Everything we are, God is, too--although He is perfect in His ways, yet the ideas are the same. Such as being family-oriented, wanting to share both
knowledge and understanding, seeking the joy that comes from passing the time with loved-ones. God the Father doesn't have emotions, since He's
pure spirit--emotions are physical things--but love, anger, joy, sadness--these are manifested as emotions in our lives, yet their root is not
emotion. Emotion is connected with reactions, impulsive actions, and clouded judgment. God's love is perfect for it is not marred with the
emotional trappings inherent to being human (yet He sought to experience these human traits, anyway--yet remained pure.)
Adam had two sons before Seth, but of neither do we read as being 'begotten' nor are they after Adam's 'image' or 'likeness.' Adam was made in
God's image, after His likeness, and then Adam's first 'begotten' son came along third--and we read:
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
The angels were also 'sons of God'--yet they were not 'begotten' because evidently they were not made after God's 'image', nor were they born
to be heirs to God's 'Estate.'
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;
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself
purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall
be to me a Son?
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
And the Son of God came to be as a man--in order to bring all things together, both above and below (IOW--He overcame the duality of spiritual and
material opposition to demonstrate it as possible, inevitable, and necessary.)
First as the Son of God, then as the Son of Man--after whom would follow 'sons of man'--those elected before history began to be the 'builders of
the family name' here on Earth. And those born as future 'sons of man' would afterward become sons of God. Thus He meets us in the middle, at the
place of crossing over to life--which we call 'death'--but it is just a door.
(Rom 8:29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.
(1Co 15:49) And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
(2Co 3:18) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even
as by the Spirit of the Lord.
(Col 1:15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
(Col 3:10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that
And so there was a plan and great significance behind the designation of 'Son of Man'--having to do with 'image', 'likeness', 'right hand of
God,' 'teaching and learning', and finally the 'door/way.' (Remember what was written about the 'sheep door'--and of course, He is the 'way'
through that door leading back to the fold.)
[edit on 10/30/2005 by queenannie38]