"THE SON OF MAN," let us remember, sitteth upon the glorious high throne of God his Father, thus highly exalted far above all kings and all lords or rulers, having supreme dominion over them, as we have seen in the ten chapters of this work. To the deeply humbled Man of Bethlehem, the city of David, the Father Almighty gave this supreme and universal authority, power and dominion, to thus reign as Head over all things to his body, the church, until he shall have put down all rule and opposing power, and subdued all things under him. When this is done, then the triumphant reign in righteousness of our exalted King and glorified Brother, the Man that was made in all things like unto us, his brethren, shall cease, and he shall be one with us, and we shall be like him and with him, his joint-heirs.
We shall never forget the time of Christ's deepest humiliation and sufferings in the flesh for us, and for our redemption and glorification in the presence of God in heaven. This was prefigured by those ten typical men, who foretold the coming and sufferings of Christ, and the glory which should follow, when he should be crowned King of glory at the right hand of God, where he now reigns as the Lord God omnipotent.
It is well that we briefly notice in closing, the necessity that the WORD should be made flesh, in the likeness of men, and become obedient unto the death of the cross. Paul forcibly tells why the holy Son of God must also be the Son of man, saying, "For since by man came death, by MAN came also the resurrection of the dead For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." All in Adam die now in time, because they are in him, even so in Christ shall all be made alive at his coming, because they fall asleep in him. By the first man sin and death entered into the world, carrying all in him down into death with him, because he was their earthly head and natural life. So likewise, by the last Man, who died unto sin for the sins of his people, then rose again out of the grave for their justification, sin and death were ended and destroyed, and Christ, who is the resurrection and the life of his people, will raise them up out of the graves at the last day in the likeness of his resurrection, because he is their heavenly Head and spiritual life.
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Therefore, equity and justice require that, since the first man, through disobedience, brought the just penalty of suffering and death upon all men whom he represented, even so, by the obedience of suffering unto death, the second Man, who is the Lord from heaven, redeemed from death all men whom he represented, and will resurrect them unto glory and immortality and eternal life.
It was for this righteous cause that Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, and came to his people in their flesh, that their sins might be righteously imputed to him, as one with them under the law, and that, fulfilling the righteousness of the law for them, and in them, his righteousness shall likewise be imputed to them, and justify them unto holiness and life evermore. "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
While thus with his disciples, Jesus said to them, "If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." He said this as a man, and the Brother of the children of men. As God's righteous servant, Christ came into the world, not to be ministered unto as an earthly king, but to minister unto his many people, and to give his life a ransom for them. In this humbled state the blessed Redeemer said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will, For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him. * * * Verily, verily, I say unto you,. The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. * * * Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. * * * But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given, me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me." This the Father did at the baptism of his Son, and again at his transfiguration on the holy mount, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him."
Now, this wonderful testimony of Jesus himself clearly shows us for what holy and glorious purpose God the Father gave all this omnipotent and supreme authority and power and divine honor to his Son, the meek and lowly Son of man in the flesh. The full execution of this righteous judgment and work, which God committed unto his obedient Son, will be completed when "all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth."
Paul therefore testifies that "God * * * hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that MAN whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." Thus the resurrection of the buried Son of man from the dead, wherein he was declared to be the Son of God with power, is the absolute assurance of God unto all men, that all that he hath spoken by his Son, he shall so fulfill. It was unto this end that Paul said of Christ, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
This testimony proves most surely that all creatures, in heaven and earth and under the earth, shall be put down or subdued unto God under the Lordship of the MAN who reigns upon the throne of the Highest, and that in all this absolute dominion and universal conquest, God shall be glorified in his Son.
Paul was inspired to write when all this shall be accomplished, and the time of the end, saying, "But every man in his own order; Christ the First-fruits; afterwards they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted" (God is excepted), "which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
This shall be thus gloriously consummated at Christ's coming. Of this the word of truth says, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
This will be the all-glorious end of the Mediatorial work and reign of our Crowned King of Glory upon his Father's throne on high; and then shall his triple work of Prophet and High Priest and King be fulfilled, and holy heaven shall be filled with songs of praise to God and the Lamb. "For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters."
"He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied." "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
"I heard a great voice of much people in heaven saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God." "And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new."
"Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. AMEN."
Elder David Bartley
"The Christ-Man in Type"