Listen:  124.6

That is an excellent question, for every believer has indeed put their trust in Christ, the Son of man, and we possess the gift of eternal life because of our faith in what He did for us on the cross of Calvary.  John 3:14-16 confirms this precious truth.  That says, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Let’s read Psalm 146:3-5, “Put not your trust in princes, in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” In this Psalm we have the nation of Israel praising the Lord and realizing how foolish it is to trust in a mere man, even if he is a prince of noble birth. In Psalm 39:5, 7 David expressed similar words, “Behold, Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah…And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in Thee.”  He echoed those same sentiments in Psalm 118:8-9, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” In seems clear that in these three passages the word “man” is referring to all men (men and women) that were born of Adam.  In fact, the word for “man” in these verses is the Hebrew word ‘adamah’ or ‘adam’, so the words “son of man” refer to a “son of Adam.” In these verses we are sadly reminded of the fact that all men born of Adam die; they will “return to the earth” because of their being born in sin. Consider these solemn words from Genesis 2:17 and 3:19, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die…In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground: for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”  This was true of Adam, and it is equally true of all men born into a fallen race, of which Adam is the head. In light of this solemn truth, how foolish for any of us to put our trust in a man (human being) who was born in sin and who will eventually reap the consequences of sin in death.

The inquirer rightfully referred to the Lord Jesus as the “Son of man.” He took this title because He was indeed born of a woman and became a true man, but He was NOT part of the fallen race of men just referred to. He was born of a virgin as Isaiah predicted in Isaiah 7:14, “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” While Mary was pregnant with the Lord Jesus she was told in Luke 1:35, “…that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”  As the virgin-born Son of God, He did NOT inherit a sinful nature; He was absolutely holy, meaning He was and is incapable of sinning.  Praise God, for in the Lord Jesus we have a Perfect Man (Who is also God!), one Who was qualified to be our Savior by dying in our place on the cross of Calvary. He is the true “Son of man,” for He alone is the man who glorified God in everything He did and said. He alone is the Man that we can put our trust in!  (124.6)  (DO)