Jesus, the Son of Man

In this brief clip from his teaching series Lessons from the Upper Room, Sinclair Ferguson explains what Jesus meant when He referred to Himself as the “Son of Man.”

Transcript

I remember as a youngster in Sunday school, perhaps this was true of you, that my Sunday School teachers taught me that Jesus was the Son of God and the “Son of Man.” That is to say, He was God’s Son, and He was also human. But when Jesus speaks about Himself as the “Son of Man,” He is not simply saying that He has a human nature as well as a divine nature. He is specifically drawing on a picture that He found in the seventh chapter of the book of Daniel, in which you may remember, Daniel has this vision in which he sees the “Son of Man” ascending to the throne of the Ancient of Days as a triumphant victor. And at the throne of the Ancient of Days, He is given the privilege of sharing His triumph with those who are called the “Saints of the Most High.”

So in Jesus’ mind, the picture of the “Son of Man” refers not just to his humanity, it refers also to His exultation at the right hand of the Father—His glory and then the expansion of his kingdom that will take place as He is exalted at the Father’s right hand. So when He says “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified,” He’s referring to that picture that we were given in the Book of Daniel—the way in which He is going to be exalted at the right hand of the Father. In other words, He is saying His death, His crucifixion is simply the way to His exaltation. We could put it this way, in terms of what we saw at the beginning of John chapter 13, that for Jesus, the way up to the throne of God is the way down to the humiliation of the Cross.

Knowledge without Zeal

Here’s an excerpt from Knowledge without Zeal, Joshua S. Buice’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

If you love to gain knowledge about God, but you lack a proper zeal to serve God, you must examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. We must remember the warning of James—faith without works is dead (James 2:17). Even demons are capable of possessing knowledge (v. 19). The torchlight of the gospel and the ongoing protest of the Reformation demand both knowledge and zeal for the glory of God (Rom. 12:11). Knowledge without zeal is no real knowledge at all.

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Social Media Highlights (9/17/17)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

How did the ideas of an obscure monk in Germany spread throughout the world? https://t.co/jjFlWQhdxu

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 13, 2017

Confessional Christianity isn’t a subset of Christian orthodoxy; it is the chronicling of Christian orthodoxy. https://t.co/8Pz9Yn17Pi

— Tabletalk Magazine (@Tabletalk) September 13, 2017

Is God too harsh in His punishment of sinners? Watch as @RCSproul shows how all of us have committed cosmic treason. https://t.co/4PrPbYGJY9

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 13, 2017

Sixty years ago, the Lord used Ecclesiastes 11:3 to awaken @RCSproul’s soul. pic.twitter.com/2UuVHdxOoC

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 13, 2017

Listen today as @RCSproul and Jeff Lippencott share hymns from their new collection of sacred music, Saints of Zion. https://t.co/u3GdiBSM6D

— Renewing Your Mind (@RYMRadio) September 14, 2017

Today, prospective students from around the country arrived for Preview Day, Convocation, and tomorrow’s Always Ready Youth Conference. pic.twitter.com/oowKZ8c7up

— RefBibleCollege (@RefBibleCollege) September 15, 2017

A good apologetic method is this: gain a hearing, then get out of the way of the gospel. —@DrSteveNichols #visitrbc pic.twitter.com/wspIUsRnzb

— RefBibleCollege (@RefBibleCollege) September 16, 2017

$5 Friday: Redemption, Assurance, & God’s Love

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as redemption, the atonement, God’s love, Scripture, ministry, assurance, Jesus, the Lord’s Prayer, John Calvin, and more.

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Winning One Another

Here’s an excerpt from Winning One Another, Carl Robbin’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

God the Holy Spirit turns wanderers back to Himself, but He ordinarily uses people to do so, just as He uses means to bring people to saving faith in the first place. Just as God will use our faithful prayers and proclamation of the gospel for the saving of His elect, He will use our faithful exhortations to backsliders to be the means of reclaiming them. That’s what the Lord did when King David wandered from the truth. The Lord sent Nathan to confront the king and call him to repentance (2 Sam. 12).

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R.C. Sproul’s Awakening to the Christian Faith

In September of 1957, the Lord used Ecclesiastes 11:3 to awaken R.C. Sproul’s soul. Sixty years later, watch as he recounts his conversion to the Christian faith.

“…if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.” (Ecclesiastes 11:3)

Transcript

I’m coming up on the 60th anniversary of my conversion to the Christian faith. It was in September of 1957. And I will never forget, I think I’m the only person in the history of the church to be converted by a particular verse that God used to open up my heart and my eyes to the truth of Christ. It came from the book of Ecclesiastes, where the author of Ecclesiastes describes, in metaphorical terms, a tree that falls in the forest and where it falls there it stays. And God awakened my soul by considering that passage, as I saw myself as a tree falling, and rotting, and decaying. And that was the description of my life. That’s where I was. Nobody had to tell me that I was a sinner, I knew that. It was abundantly clear to me.

But as I went to my bedroom that night and got on my knees, my experience was one of transcendent forgiveness. And I was overwhelmed by the tender mercy of God, the sweetness of His grace, and the awakening He gave me for my life. And I pray that any of you who have not yet experienced an awakening to the reality of Christ would have that experience in your life. That you would look carefully at the Scriptures and the Word of God, and that that Word may be used in power to quicken your soul and your spirit that you too may be awakened to the fullness of glory, and peace, and joy that is ours in Christ.

Wisdom New and Old

Here’s an excerpt from Wisdom New and Old, R.C. Sproul’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

Our calling as believers is to be thankful for the many technological and scientific advances that have come to us today, but at the same time we are not to be arrogant and think we have everything figured out whereas past generations were hopelessly lost. For God revealed Himself first to the ancients, and He has been working in history among His people to illumine their understanding of His truth. We ignore this wisdom at our peril when we run after what is “new” and ignore what is “old.”

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Social Media Highlights (9/10/17)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

The Reformers believed that authority belonged to Scripture alone. —@DrStevenJLawson https://t.co/vQR0DMdWHC

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 4, 2017

Listen today as @RCSproul explains the reasonableness of faith. https://t.co/ALzbwriKuQ

— Renewing Your Mind (@RYMRadio) September 5, 2017

The Trinity profoundly shaped John Owen’s theology. @Mike_Reeves explains this significant contribution to theology. https://t.co/2KPptObbNW

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 5, 2017

The September issue of @Tabletalk looks at the concept of soul winning. For a limited time, browse the issue free. https://t.co/XR9Nx0Bqak

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 5, 2017

Intuitively we know objections to Christianity are wrong, but do we know why or how to answer them? https://t.co/KBUqiU8xAe

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 6, 2017

In this brief clip, @RCSproul explains how the Latin translation of the Bible caused confusion surrounding the doctrine of justification. pic.twitter.com/S78lpwRRDh

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 6, 2017

You can now stream all of the messages from last month’s regional conference in Wittenberg for free. https://t.co/73bWsBGdbM #ligcon pic.twitter.com/GqwsUGP2xh

— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 8, 2017

2017 Regional Conference in Wittenberg: Audio and Video Now Available

You can now stream all of the messages from last month’s regional conference in Wittenberg, Germany for free on Ligonier.org, the Ligonier app, or YouTube. W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Matthias Lohmann, Steffen Mueller, Albert Mohler, and Stephen Nichols joined us as we considered the life of Martin Luther, the doctrines he and the other Reformers proclaimed, and the means by which the Reformation was sustained, drawing lessons for the church in the present. Watch each message below.

$5 Friday: Holiness, Grace, & Providence

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as grace, Jesus, Scripture, holiness, providence, Isaac Watts, the Trinity, Roman Catholicism, and more.

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