Dominion, glory and the kingdom of "One like the Son of Man" : an exegetical study of Daniel 7:13-14 / H. Ramantswana
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Daniel 7 has a twofold aim, on the one hand, it offers consolation of believers in the midst of their tribulations under foreign kingdoms an invitation to them to show courage and perseverance and on the other hand, giving them a future hope of an everlasting kingdom. Daniel 7 contributes in telling of the supernatural intervention into human affairs and furthermore verses 13-14 pictures an unusual phenomenon in the Old Testament by picturing a humanlike figure intervening in the heavenly affairs for the sake of people, with the heavenly realm becoming the center of events. The full realization of the everlasting kingdom will come through the One like the Son of Man. One like the Son of Man is regarded in the first place as a Representative Individual: as a Representative, One like the Son of Man represents the saints of the Most High (remnant of Israel) and as an Individual, One like the Son of Man is a heavenly king. As king One like the Son of Man represents his own kingdom. In the second place One like the Son of Man is regarded as the Most High. For to One like the Son of Man belongs dominion, glory and the kingdom: Dominion: ultimate supreme power; Glory: ultimate imperial honour; Kingdom: God's everlasting sovereignty. In the person of Jesus can be noted the progressive revelation regarding the kingdom, dominion and glory. In Jesus, the Son of Man, God fulfilled the core of the Old Testament expectation. The complete realization of these three aspects in the person of Jesus the Messiah is still in the future. Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of Man is the ultimate authority over all, whether on earth or in heaven. The Kingship of Jesus, the glorified king is present here and now, and yet its full realization is still to come.
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