A Deity became a Son of man. Now, sons of man may become Deities.
And theWordbecameflesh… I’m sonofafrica… Ford: fatherofautomobile…
Eve motherofusall… my mothertongue is… born-agains are blueblooded…
Africa myfatherland… God myfatherfigure… I’m nativetoeastcape…
Blood thickerthanwater… Jesus sonofgod… my goal: kindredspirittojesus…
If the above terms need no explanation why it is that one has difficulty in understanding why Jesus refers to himself as: Son of the man? How is one to interpret Gal 4:1-9, “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”?
The understanding will depend on the translation used. Were one’s home language Greek likelihood would be a better insight on matters such as the Holy Spirit, one’s own spirit and, the effect the insertion or, omission, of the definite article has. One must bear in mind that Paul is writing ‘born-again’ Gentiles who have been influenced by ‘false teaches’, of Jewish converts. These false teachers, although they had accepted Jesus as their saviour, insisted on the keeping of the Law; the rite of circumcision topping the list.
The reason why Paul so strongly opposed this practice, see chapter five, was: the circumcision was the ‘sealing’ of the covenant God made with Abram that, Gen 22:18, “In his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,” and Gal 3:15-, “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, ‘And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ’. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God, in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect… Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before (the) faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed… But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children (sons) of God by the faith in Christ Jesus… For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Under the Law, only certain circumcised men were allowed to serve.
If a Jewish father did not circumcise his eight day old son it was a sign that he did not believe that there would be ‘this promised Seed’. If, on the other hand, a ‘believer’ were to be circumcised it would be a sign that he was still expecting ‘the promised Seed’, Gal 5:1-, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the (a) yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the (a) law; ye are fallen from grace.” Baptism, in whatever mode, is not a covenant, it symbolises a death and resurrection; a ‘rebirth’.
Paul’s statement, Gal 4:3, “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world,” implies that all children Jew or Gentile are governed by certain basic morals; under the elements of the world. “But,” he adds, verse 4, “when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Believers, in Christ are no longer ‘children’ but, ‘sons’; no longer fleshly/worldly but, spiritual, Rom 8:9 But _you_ are not in flesh _but_ in Spirit, since a Spirit of God dwells in you; but if anyone does not have the (a) Spirit of Christ, this one is not His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness… For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the a Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the (a) spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the (a) Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
On the other hand in Jesus’ lineage Adam, being created by God, is said to be, Luk 3:38, ‘of God’. Jesus also accuses the scribes and Pharisees as having the Devil as father, Joh 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”
Jesus refers to himself as Son of man by reason of Gal 4:4, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” He was made of a woman, Heb 10:5, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” A third witness, Joh 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The above, somehow, does not relate to the Matthew and Luke witnesses by reason of the translators’ own understanding of the event, Mat 1:18-, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost… Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost… Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Isa 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel).” The Luke witness, 1:35, “And the angel answered and said unto her (Mary), The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
The underlined sections should have been translated: ‘…she was found to be pregnant (in the womb having) of/by a holy Spirit… for the thing in her conceived it is of a holy Spirit… the virgin will be with child… a holy Spirit will come upon you… a great power will overshadow you… shall be called a Son of God (of Deity). In plain English, 1Ti 3:-16, “…and, confessedly, great is the mystery of the worthy One; He was manifested in flesh, He was declared righteous in spirit, was seen by angels or, messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!”
Important, Php 2:5 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.” It was That ‘holy Spirit’, stripped of His Deity, that, ‘came upon Mary’ — settled in her womb, and ‘made man’, by the woman.
John writes, Joh 1:14-, “And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of the an only begotten of the a father, full of grace and truth”. Repeatedly Jesus made known that He was ‘from above’ and that He would ‘return’ from whence He came, verse 23, “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”
The quality of ‘life’ one possesses depends on the spirit of the one from which one has received ‘life’. That ‘holy Spirit’, in Mary’s womb, was, ‘the way, and the truth, and the life‘, Joh 14:6. There was no need of a ‘sperm’; the Word was ‘life’ incarnated, made flesh. The quality of the sperm fertilizing an egg, at the beginning of pregnancy, will determine the quality of life the offspring will receive. A careful reading of Isaiah verse ten demonstrates this principle, Isa 53:10, “But Jehovah (in this case God the Father) hath delighted to bruise him (Jesus), He hath made him sick, If his soul doth make an offering for guilt, He seeth seed–he prolongeth days, And the pleasure of Jehovah in his hand doth prosper.”
Of importance, too, to note is, ‘He hath made him sick’. It brings meaning to verse five, “And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace is on him, and by his bruise there is healing to us.” Adam was led astray and lost ‘life’; ‘death’ ruled. The ‘second Adam’ was not led astray, 1Pe 2:-21-, “Christ also did suffer for you, leaving to you an example, that ye may follow his steps, who did not commit sin, nor was guile found in his mouth, who being reviled–was not reviling again, suffering–was not threatening, and was committing himself to Him who is judging righteously, who our sins himself did bear in his body, upon the tree, that to the sins having died, to the righteousness we may live; by whose wound ye were healed, for ye were as sheep going astray, but ye turned back now to the shepherd and overseer of your souls”. This ‘healing’ has reference to the quality of ‘life’ one receives at ‘rebirth’.
The process that leads to rebirth, rebirth, itself, is not a process; it’s a happening, starts at the hearing of the good news concerning Jesus’ resurrection and what it contains. The process ends when the ‘believer’ calls out, ‘Where’s water that I, too, may be baptised?”
Baptism is a course of action. It leads to the dying of the old man and the rising of a new man in Christ, Rom 6:3-, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized
into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”.
This is a better quality life, because of the Giver of this life spirit. Having been baptised (been clothed, Gal 3 27, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”), into Christ and made to drink of his spirit, 1Co 12:-13-, “… for indeed in one Spirit we all into one body were baptized, whether Jews or Greeks, whether servants or freemen, and all one Spirit were made to drink,” one becomes a member of his body and as such made to ‘drink his blood’ as ‘life is in the blood’, Lev 17:11-, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
Also our Passover for us was sacrificed and must be ‘eaten’, Joh 6:51-, “I am the living bread which
came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world… Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” By faith one partakes of the Lord’s Supper, 1Co 11:26-, “For whenever you take the bread and the cup you give witness to the Lord’s death till he comes,” bearing in mind his commandment, Mat 5:-48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
It was only after Jesus’ glorification, Joh 7:39 (note that the definite article has been inserted), that Jesus could breathe on them and say, `Receive the a holy Spirit’,” Joh 20:22. Only fifty days after this event, on the day of Pentecost, did they receive the promised Holy Spirit.” Having received a holy Spirit at rebirth Peter writes, 1Pe 1:14-, “As obedient children, do not be shaped by the desires that you once had in your ignorance. For it is written, “You must be holy, because I am holy.” Only the blood of Christ, on account of Him having an eternal Spirit (the definite article has been added) could He offer himself, without spot, to God and purge our consciences from dead works to serve the living God, Heb 9:14. One’s understanding of the Gospel message is, more often than not, blurred by the inserting or, omitting of the definite article so, beware.
A typical example is Acts 19:1-. From the following translation the word in italics, indicate that they have been inserted. Paul asked them if they have been given a Holy Spirit after they believed, “And it happened, in the time Apollos was in Corinth, Paul was passing through the higher parts to come to Ephesus. And finding some disciples, he said to them, ‘Believing, did you receive the Holy Spirit?’ And they said to him, ‘We did not even hear whether the Holy Spirit is.’
“And he said to them, ‘Then to what were you baptized?’ And they said, ‘To the baptism of John.’ And Paul said, ‘John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe into the One coming after him, that is, into the Christ, Jesus.”