Literal Bible Topic #4 Book.

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Son of Man/Son of God Expanded

THE cover topic 4

Outline of the Literal Bible.         

  1. The Living God of the Living
  2. Righteousness of God and Man   
  3. The Composite Witness of the Bible   
  4. God, Man and the Son of Man
  5. The Resurrection
  6. Wisdom From God
  7. The Gospel
  8. Listening More Important Than Sacrifice
  9. What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen nation?
  10. The Salvation of God
  11. The New King of Israel
  12. The Living God Wants Others to Live

NOTE:  Below is only the introduction to the book–Literal Bible Topic 4– however you are welcome to free download the complete book at www.biblecombibleman.com/LiteralBibleTopic4.pdf or from sungrist.org/LiteralBibleTopic4.pdf . Shortly, on March 2, 2018 it will be published on Kindle of Amazon.com, the six year anniversary of death 6 times and mainly recovery by the grace, guidance, and graciousness of God, 3 times on the McLeland Tennis Court, next door to SWBTS, and 3 times in the ambulance on the way to John Peter Smith.  As the ER doctor said, “It was a medical miracle.”  Yes, but far from taking anything away the work of Jim’s CPR on the tennis court and the prayer group of fellow tennis players, not taking away from the ambulance medics, nor the ER doctor and surgeon and other care givers and rehab workers, primarily since we all know Who is in control of life and death–as my wife use to say about her time of death, “It is not up to me.”  The greater medical miracle happened in the first year when the blood glow increased beyond the need for a previously recommended defibrillator (ICD).  Glory to our God the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ who the first place gives the “grace of life”, also sends His angels to deal with death and life.  Why publish after 12 years of giving free downloads on hundreds and up to thousands of PDFs each week on the web sites listed above?  Two reasons:  (1) While the price set affords only pennies of personal profit, all means at all times are used to increase the distribution of the story of Jesus and the Bible, and (2) this is a good opportunity to leave a legacy for the great grandchildren, the first 5 of which are shown below in two photos.

the boys

3 of 5 great grandchildren

Son of God or Son of Man, which is the Lord Jesus Christ?  Both, but how can Jesus be both Son of God and Son of Man?  That is the miracle of the virgin birth, as God planted to seed in Mary and He was born and lived and died after 33 years in Palestine as both the Son of God and the Son of Man. You might say that there are 3 major doctrines from the Bible in the Scriptures of this topic:  (1) The Doctrine of Man, what God the Creator tells us about the Creature that He made; (2) the Doctrine of the Son of Man, which Jesus called Himself, having to do with Messiahship and also universal headship of humanity; and (3) the Doctrine of Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God, testified to often in the Old Testament Scriptures of Job and Psalms that are the basis of this Top Topic.  While “Son of Man” is exclusively a New Testament title, one Jesus often chose for Himself, and mentioned only in the Gospels, primarily John, except for Acts 7:56 and Revelation 1:13 and 14:14, the Old Testament favors the “Son of God” title for Jesus {of course in Isaiah as we will come to later “Messiah”, Hebrew for the Greed word “Christ”}, you will find many quotes of the OT in the NT where God Himself testifies that Jesus of Nazareth is His Son, “the Son of God”.

As you read the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, the most exhaustive by Jesus on the Second Coming, you realize how that “Son of Man” was a favorite description by Jesus of Himself.

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30)

It will be explained why and where it came from in the Old Testament in this Top Topic #4.  Already you suspect that since from Deuteronomy that Moses under the inspiration of God predicted another Prophet like himself, and one that the people of God must listen to for salvation; perhaps there is another one or more Prophets, say Isaiah, that predicted this Son of Man.  Although you have been introduced to how the Top 12 Topics are primarily a survey of all the OT quotes in the NT, only in the sequence of the OT; but you will see these organized in tabular form in this chapter under the heading of Tables on The Gospel Proclaimed (OT), Established (Matthew), Explained (Romans/Hebrews), Reinforced (Luke), and the Appendix (Mark).

Although this topic #4 per se is from Job and Psalms, the first part anyway since Psalms is a very long book, we will go back to Genesis and pick up all quotes for the purpose of continuity, summary, and tabulation.

NOTE:  The OT quotes are not always arranged in strict historical sequence, since the book of the Job is no doubt the oldest and we cover it here with the start of Psalms, since both the beginning of Psalms and the book of Job overlap on subject matter. Just by way of reference, this sequencing fully took place as the subject matter of the Old Testament quotes was listed, and then re-sequenced to fall into line with the major derived top topics of each of the 12 major Topics.  Don’t let this confuse you as you will understand it better as progress is made, especially in this chapter; as well as an increasing understanding above all of the Bible Itself!

  1. Some evident things about God in the Bible of Job and Psalms.

Even as Job is no doubt the oldest book in the Bible, so also the book of Psalms by King David  is perhaps the best known of all Old Testament books, and both like the rest of the Bible jump start our “gradual revelation of God which comes to an eternal climax in Christ.”  {It is important to had that these revelations were always initiated and grounded in real, personal encounters between God and man, like when Moses first learned and wrote about in the Pentateuch that God is a God of the Living, as God told him through the burning bush that “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”}

(1).  God can do everything and anything without any limitations to His power in heaven and on earth. (Job 42:1-6 and Mark 10:27)

NOTE:  Perhaps two of the most outstanding doctrinal teachings of the Bible: (1) the omnipotent power of God as God can do anything and everything, and (2) while men are stumped by how God can save men only by grace and provide a righteousness by faith, God can and does through the atonement of Christ provide salvation for the whole world.

(2).  God knows every thought and every action of every man on earth.

(3).  God tricks the wise men in their own methods of craftiness like an adult playing with toys and children.

(4).  God exalts the humble in His sight. They can be down and out and still though humble in the ways of the world not necessarily be humble in the sight of God, and it is even harder for the up and out to be humble in Gods sight for they trust in their own riches or financial security.

  1. Job 22:29 and James 4:10: God exalts the humble.
  2. Job 42:2 and Mark 10:27.

(1).  Job 42:2.

“Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”  (Job 42:1-6  KJV)

Sometimes this self-revelations by God are not so gradual as in this case, where Job actually sees God, relatively speaking sort of like Moses saw God when in reality both of them only heard the voice of God and saw some amazing side characteristics; and comes to the conclusion of Respect for God and humility in the sight of God that many with all the revelations and commentaries of today never come to!

NOTE:  TWO MOST IMPORTANT AND FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES OF ALL THE BIBLE ARE SET FORTH HERE:  (1)  THE POWER OF GOD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD; AND (2) WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED SINCE IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR A RELIGIOUS AND WELL ESTABLISHED LEADER IN SOCIETY TO BE SAVED?

“And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God. And the disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. {Why, because most of them unlike Job can not say, ‘Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.}  And they were even more astonished and said to Him, ‘Then who can be saved? Looking upon them, Jesus said, With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”  (Mark 10:23-27  NASV)

NOTE AGAIN: IF NO OTHER QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED IN THIS BOOK, THE ESSENTIAL AND MOST ESSENTIAL QUESTION THAT MUST BE ANSWERED IS THAT OF THE DISCIPLES TO JESUS, WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED?  AND WHERE WE START IN THE REST OF THIS BOOK TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION IS WITH THE IMMEDIATE REPLY OF JESUS, WITH THE POWER OF GOD TO WHOM NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

4-2:  God the Creator and Father looks at man, men, and then testifies to men.

NOTE:  Man is a generic name of male and female, man and women, in the Bible. See Genesis 1:27 where God created man, “created them”, male and female and in His own image.

  1. God the Creator notices that the Gentiles rage against Him and that the people of Israel imagine a vain thing and things about Him: Psalm 2:1,2 and Acts 4:24-26.

We still know many today in our secular world that rage and rave about and against the Almighty God of the Universe, and we can but sympathize for them in all the benefits they lose in this life and particularly in the life to come.

  1. God the Father has decreed and testified in the Bible as well as at the baptism of Jesus in the presence of many as the voice came from heaven that Jesus of Nazareth is, was, and still is His Son: Psalm 2:7 , Matthew 3:17 and 17:5, Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5, II Peter 1:17, and Mark 9:7.

(1).  Psalm 2:7.

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”  (Psalm 2:7  KJV)

NOTE:  More of this consistency and “Principle of Witnesses” which was the subject of Top Topic #3, here there are three witnesses about Jesus as the Son of God, first God Himself, then King David in the Psalms, and then the Apostle Matthew as he recorded like a faithful keeper of tax records, exactly what happened.

(2).  Matthew 3:17.

“And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  (Matt 3:16,17  NASV)

(3).  Matthew 17:5.

“And Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; hear Him!”  (Matthew 17:4,5 NASV)

NOTE:  What God adds in His own testimony to Jesus as compared to the transfiguration after a similar testimony at the baptism is HEAR HIM . Paul did not mean in Ephesians 4:20,21 that like Peter, James, and hundreds of others you had to be there physically as Jesus taught. What he meant was that through the help of the Spirit of God you must see and hear from yourself, personally.  This is the key to who can be saved! By listening to Jesus and His words of life!

(4).  Hebrews 1:5.

“For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten thee? And again, ‘I will be a father to Him, and He shall be a Son to Me?”   (Hebrews 1:5  NASV)

(5).  Hebrews 5:5.

“So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,‘Thou art my Son, Today I have begotten thee…”

NOTE:  This is the first time in this Bible study of the progressive revelations of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi that we have encountered Jesus as the great high priest.

“…just as He says also in another passage, ‘Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”  (Hebrews 5:5,6 NASV)

NOTE CONTINUED:  And we will come to this second quote in Hebrews 5:5,6 when we get into the progression to Psalm 110:6.

(6).  II Peter 1:17.

“Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance, For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him the holy mount.  (II Peter 1:15-18  KJV)

NOTE:  So that the Apostle Peter in writing for a permanent record adds his own testimony as a witness to Jesus with the witness of God the Father and that of Jesus Himself!

(7).  Mark 9:7.

“Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!’”   (Mark 9:7  NASV)

LISTEN TO HIM, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE BELOVED SON OF GOD!

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