The Gospels – The Gospel According to John
The Son of Man Who is in Heaven
John 3:9-15 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 ¶And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The interesting thing about this quotation is about the Son of Man Who is in Heaven. It has already been noted that Jesus’ disciples had a lot of problems understanding their Master and that most of the contradictions that we have today resulted from this lack of understanding. An example is the above. Jesus until this very day has been regarded as the Son of Man but there are many verses that see Him referring to this Son of Man in the third Person or as another person entirely. In verse 13 here he said “even the Son of Man Who is in Heaven” which can be taken to mean that He is not the Son of Man but that this Son of Man is in Heaven. He could not possibly be referring to Himself here as He was clearly on earth. Then we have the follow on to that in verse 14 when He was quoted as saying that “even so the Son of Man be lifted up” which apparently referred to Himself.
These are the misrepresentations and confusions that made many people assume that the Son of God might perhaps also be the Son of Man even though the Names are clearly different. This interchangeable use of the Son of Man and the Son of God has therefore caused great confusion. These are not the same persons as Jesus could not have been so illogical as to address Himself by the two Names. The fact that Jesus said that He had not come to judge and the fact that the Son of Man had been identified by Him as the Judge is one of the proofs that we can advance in support of two different Personalities.