3.4.6.3 Son of Man

In Daniel 7: 13-14, the term "Son of Man" is used to denote a heavenly being who is not part of the human race.

At the time of Jesus, devout Jews awaited the coming of the "Son of Man", to whom God was to commit dominion over the world. According to John 3: 13, the Lord revealed Himself as the Son of Man: "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man." As such, He has the authority to forgive sins (Matthew 9: 6), is Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12: 8), and has come "to seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 19: 10).

Finally, the Lord announced the suffering (Matthew 17: 12), sacrificial death (Matthew 12: 40; 20: 28), and resurrection of the Son of Man (Matthew 17: 9). Whenever Jesus spoke about the Son of Man, He was referring to Himself.

Stephen also attested to the divinity of the Son of Man: "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" (Acts 7: 56). Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, is now back in the place from which He came (John 16: 28).

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