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“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17).

 

The son of man is called the Christ meaning the Spirit of God, the Anointing. Christ is the Hebrew Messiah who is none other than God Himself; that is, having not only the office of a Prophet, but all offices of the Spirit. Son of man is the Apostle and High Priest of the profession of our faith. Christ is the Prophet that should come like unto Moses whom if the people did not believe would perish. Christ is the Great Shepherd or Pastor of the Sheep and a stranger they will not follow. Christ is the Rabbi or Great Teacher of the people. Christ is the revealed God in a body of flesh as a man who is eternal and will restore the kingdom back to Israel. Christ is the Holy Ghost that is now in all believers as the hope of glory; that is, Christ in you, the hope of glory. This is the mystery of God.  

 

The Son of man has nothing to do with flesh as Jesus was not the son of any man; the title referring only to the office or function of the kingdom of God, the Holy Ghost. Jesus spoke of the Son of man in the third person simply to refer to his body as being "ONE" with Him in the kingdom. The first time "Son of man" appears in the Word is Daniel 7:13; referring to the kingdom of God, the Holy Ghost, not flesh and blood. 

 

Some articles of faith in Oneness hold to the following: Jesus was divine on his Father's side being the Son of God; and was human on his mother's side being the Son of man; Son of man is NOT divine flesh; neither does the title Son of man have anything to do with flesh. Son of man is in truth the Spirit of God. 

Jesus is the second man, the Lord from above; "Man" not flesh and blood man but Spirit. God is a man in the Supreme sense. Son of man is not divine flesh or heavenly flesh. "No man has ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13). The man that came down from heaven is the LORD God. God was not Spirit and flesh working in the earth in redemption; he was a man working through the Spirit in order to fulfill the law; the Spirit of God in him being latent so that he could work salvation out as a man. To understand the semantics of this statement just made, one must understand that God “made Himself of no reputation”; that is, God emptied out of His glory in a self-imposed limitation and veiled Himself in flesh as a man. Consider the following verses of scripture to expound on who Jesus is and the semantics of how God worked salvation in and of Himself alone as a man of Adam.

 

To understand why Jesus as a man prayed, fasted, and always did the things that he saw of the Father sounds like Jesus was a separate person from the Father. “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28). If Jesus the man is the Father, then how can the Father be greater? “For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.” (Luke 22:37). Jesus states that the things concerning him have an end. God has no end. And as Jesus is God, how can He as the Son of God have an end? We will answer these questions as to how Jesus, who is God, worked as a man of Adam, made in under the law, who came in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. The answer to knowing how God became a man of flesh and blood to work out salvation as a man through the Spirit of God is explained in the following verses of scripture. Please pay attention to the “Made Himself of no reputation”.

 

"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God". (Philippians 2:6). Jesus was in the form (in Essence Spirit) for God is a Spirit. Jesus is the Spirit of God.

 

"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:" (Phillipians 2:7). "No reputation" is Greek "kenoo" or the "kenos' meaning "emptied out, to empty, make empty, to make void, deprive of force, render vain, useless, of none effect; to make void, cause a thing to be seen to be empty, hollow, false.”[1] Jesus as God in Essence and glory before His incarnation put a self-imposed limitation upon Himself as Spirit to hide his glory as God. The God of glory loves mankind so much that He as God will lay aside his glory in order to become a man. Jesus in the form of God (Spirit) put a "self-imposed limitation upon Himself as Spirit" took upon Him as Spirit another form, that being the form of a servant; made in the likeness of men. Jesus did not cease and desist from being God but emptied of glory to become a man. Jesus was made a man, the Word made flesh; not the flesh as the first Adam before the fall, but an Adam after the fall, in the likeness of sinful flesh. Jesus was numbered among the transgressors; however, he never sinned even though he was a Kinsman to all mankind. Being one of mankind, Jesus would be our Kinsman Redeemer since he was one of us. This is mind boggling; God who cannot sin came into the world in the likeness of sinful flesh and was numbered among the transgressors.

 

Who was made in the likeness of men? The Eternal Son was not made in the likeness of men, but God as Spirit was made in the likeness of men. Jesus then was not God robed in flesh; but become flesh in an inextricable union with man. Jesus was not "robed" in flesh, for anyone can put on a robe and then take it off at will. Jesus was in a hypostatic union with mankind. God became a man, the Word was made flesh; not "soma" just a robe of flesh being the epidermis or external skin of a man as a robe put on; but God was made flesh (sarx = human spirit, rational soul, and body of flesh and blood). God became a man by adding to Himself another form of a servant, made in the likeness of man (sarx).

 

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8). God was found in fashion as a man; and as a man died on the Cross which as Spirit could not do. 

 

Jesus did not work as God, but as a man for our salvation. Jesus did not change from one mind to another mind; from one will to another will; his one mind being both Spirit and man; for Jesus worked salvation as a man; for by one man's disobedience sin came into the world and death by sin; (Romans 5); even so by one man's (not God's) obedience shall many be made righteous. A man lost it; only a man can get it back. God had to become a man in order to work salvation in and of himself. 


Therefore Jesus, in the days of His flesh who is fully God emptied out of His glory to work only as a man. As He fasted, prayed, obeyed, etc. God as Spirit could work through the man as the flesh was crucified, Jesus as a man showing us the way to God by working as a man through the Spirit of God; by making Himself as Spirit of no reputation emptied out of glory to work as a man just like us; made in under the law, not above the law; coming in the likeness of sinful flesh, not sinless flesh so that Jesus as a man was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.


Jesus did not operate as man one minute and God another. Some Oneness believe that Jesus when he hungered and was weary with his journey revealed Jesus as a man, working only as a man; however, when He walked on the water, was God, working as God; thus, the God-man. God one minute and man another minute, changing at will from God to man and man to God. This is ludicrous. 

 

Jesus emptied out of his glory as Spirit and added to Himself another form as a man; being in union with man, becoming a man. As a man Jesus grew in favor with God and with man. We can see that Jesus as a man had a human will; but also had the Spirit without measure from the womb, not the tomb. Jesus is God, has always been God, and will always be God. However, in the days of his flesh to work salvation as a man, he emptied out of His glory working only as a man through the Spirit; Jesus putting a self-imposed limitation upon Himself as God to work as a man for our salvation. God veiled himself in a man.

 

The veil separating God from man when "making himself of no reputation" was the veil of flesh separating the will of God from the will of man; Jesus being a man working only as a man through His Spirit veiled by flesh. Jesus in the days of his flesh was God veiled in flesh as a man; a definite distinction between the Spirit as God and flesh as a man. When Jesus shed his last drop of blood upon the Cross saying it is finished having fulfilled all things, the veil rent; the will or self of the man Jesus and the will or self of the Father as Spirit become the same; the veil being rent from top to bottom. 

 

Jesus prayed in John 17:5; "Father glorify me with thine own self, with the glory that I had with you before the world was.” Jesus prayed to the Father, not to himself, for there was a self-imposed limitation for Jesus to work only as a man for our salvation who was emptied out of glory as God to work as a man. However, when he died on the Cross, Jesus took that same glory that he had put off to work as a man; He took the glory back as God; the man being glorified with God's own self. 


"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36). That same Jesus who was crucified as a man God has been made both Lord Jehovah God Almighty and Christ, the Holy Ghost; Jesus being glorified back to the glory that he before he emptied out of it to be a man for our salvation.


"I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:24). Jesus stated that except that a person believed that he the man was the Father, he would die in his sins. Jesus the man is the Father. "They understood not that he spake to them of the Father." (John 8:27).

 

Most do not believe it today that the man Jesus is the Father. Jesus put off his glory as God to become a man, work as a man, die as a man, shed his blood as a man; but after the work of redemption was completed, he took that glory back, being glorified with God's own self; all power in heaven and in earth given to him. 

 

God was in Christ reconciling the world back to himself; (2 Corinthians 5:17). Some believe that the man Christ Jesus is at this present time standing at the right hand of God as a man who still has God in him working as our mediator. They believe Jesus as a man even in his glorification, that the man is not God, but has God in him just as in the days of his flesh. In the days of his flesh, God was in Christ revealing his name Jesus; now after his glorification, God is Christ. 


Jesus Christ in his humiliation became a man of flesh and blood in order to work salvation in and of himself. In his glorification, Jesus has taken back the glory that he once emptied out to become a man. He is God in glory! Jesus is the Father! He is the Christ, the Holy Ghost! He is the only wise God and eternal life. The man Jesus now presently is God; was God, and will always be God. He had revealed his name in redemption, sanctification, and glorification as the only God and His name One; that is, JESUS. 

 

"Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:15,16). The last revelation of Jesus is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS on this side of heaven. Jesus is the only Potentate, the highest of all reigns. He only has immortality. We have immortality, but it is not ours; it does not belong to any of us. Immortality is His! Jesus Is! Jesus is Immortality; He only has immortality.

 

Catch this: "that no man has seen, nor can see". Jesus is not an ordinary man in glorification who has God in him; but is God himself, the man who came from God has gone back to God. The man Jesus "dwelling" or housing permanently in the light which no man; not Enoch, not Elijah, not Moses nor any other man can approach unto nor see. Jesus is the man who is God! Mankind is from the dust of the ground and to dust man shall return; but Jesus came from God and went back to God. Thus in his humiliation, Jesus is "God veiled", but in his glorification, Jesus is "God revealed"! 

 

Now we are looking for Jesus appearing without sin unto salvation. 
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ". (Titus 2:13).

 

Do not let any man turn you from the truth that Jesus is God; He only is God. Jesus is the Everlasting Father, the Eternal God of glory.

 

Dennis A Beard


 

[1] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance    Greek Dictionary of the New Testament  2758

 

 

 

    

 

 

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