son of man
This term is used in 3 different ways in the Scripture.
Son of man—meaning MANKIND (descendants of Adam)
This is a title was probably to remind him of his human weakness.
“Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!’ As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me. …Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel…’” —Ezekiel 2:1-3 NASB
“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people…” —Ezekiel 33:1-4 NASB
“…His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord” —Romans 1:1-5 NASB
In the Old Testament this application is used only in 2 verses (below). It denotes the TRUE HUMANITY of our Lord. He had a true body (Hebrews 2:14; Luke 24:39) and a rational soul. He was perfect man.
“Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.” —Psalm 80:17 NASB
- Is Jesus Christ a man, or is he God? Answer
- If Jesus is God, how could he die? If Jesus died on the cross, then how can he be alive today? Answer
- If Jesus was the Son of God, why did He call Himself the Son of Man? Answer