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Submitted: 11/8/2010
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Question: My response to the question about Son of Man: The presupposition you employ is that “Son of Man” would automatically imply “Son of Dust (Adam)”. In my opinion, a careful analysis of the relevant Bible passages reveals that such an inference would be unwarranted. Firstly, Jesus used “Son of Man” as a title to cover His true identity in the beginning of His ministry. He commanded devils that He had cast out not to make Him known (Mark 3:11-12, Luke 4:41, Mark 1:24-25). Even His disciples were told not to reveal His fullness until after the resurrection (Matt 17:5-9). The title “Son of Man” allowed Jesus to preach and go around without drawing too much negative attention from the Jews. Careful listeners however would know that Daniel used the same terminology to refer to the Messiah (Dan 7:13). Secondly, let’s look at the Hebrew. In the Bible, God is sometimes called a Man. But the Hebrew word that is used is of importance to us. Adamah, like Enosh, usually refers to dust-man, or weak man (human). On the other hand, when God or the God-Man is referred to, the word “Iysh” (Strong’s 376) is used, and not Adamah or Enosh. Iysh means strong Man, Husband-Man or heavenly Man. For instance, in the following verses Jesus is called a strong-Man (Iysh) and not Adamah: Isa 59:16 And he saw that there was no man (Iysh), and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man (Iysh) among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Hos 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man (Adamah) in our image, after our likeness (...) The last verse warns us that in the future God will eternally dwell with His creation in paradise. The dust-Adam will have to undergo a fundamental change however before he can enter into the rest (“unless you are born again”...). This radical change is putting on the Iysh, Christ, the heavenly Man, the Word made flesh. It is putting off Adam (by circumcision without hands, i.e. burial by water baptism in Jesus Name) and is putting on Christ (the Man from heaven, John 8:23) for the day of resurrection. What would be the point of putting on Christ if He is also an Adamah? The Bible admonishes us many times to 'put off the old man (Adam)' and put on Christ (Efe 4:22, Col 3:9, Gal 3:27), because by one man (Adam) came sin, and by One Man (Christ) came forgiveness of sins). Without the incorrupt covering of the Son, the weak and sinful Adam (human) cannot enter heaven (“flesh and blood cannot enter into the Kingdom”). This covering for sin is not the flesh of Mary (we are not baptized in the name of Mary), David or Abraham, but the eternal Word-seed made flesh, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten (monogenous) Son of God. Jesus bless, Br. Johannes from Den Haag

Answer: Your second paragraph seems to be suggesting that Jesus was hiding behind a common Hebrew idiom which He knew did not accurately describe His true nature. The reason Daniel called the Messiah the Son of Man was to emphasize the fact that He would be a human being just like those He was coming to save. In the very next chapter Gabriel called Daniel 'son of man,' which confirms that this is not an exclusively messianic title. It is a descriptive title that literally means 'one from the ground' (i.e. human being). I therefore conclude from your statements that Jesus was indeed being deceptive, a contention I cannot accept.

You state, 'Iysh means strong Man, Husband-Man or heavenly Man.' I can see why you would say this, being necessary to support your contention. But this is a complete fabrication on your part. Iysh is the most common Hebrew word for 'man.' It does not in and of itself imply strength or heavenly. It simply means 'man' whereas iyshah means woman, for she was taken from the iysh.

You asked, 'What would be the point of putting on Christ if He is also an Adamah?' You seem to be attaching some kind of mystical meaning to the idea of 'putting on Christ.' It is true that we mystically enter into Jesus Christ and His body when we are baptized into the name of Jesus, but this has to do with entering into a union with Him through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through the new birth, our spirit is joined with God's Spirit and we become one with Him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Once a person is born again, Paul's admonitions to 'put on Christ' or 'put on the new man' are metaphorical expressions meaning that we should put into practice the behaviors the Bible commands of all believers. He treats the decision to stop acting in certain ways and to begin acting in other ways as being like taking off an old coat and putting on a new one. There is nothing mystical about this at all. We are clothed with Christ by acting like Christ, just as we are 'clothed with humility' by actually being humble (1 Peter 5:5).