Why does Scripture refer to Jesus as the Son of Man? People have written entire libraries on the Son of Man concept. The Son of Man context is important because the two-Adam Christology is what supports the ability to help people understand human rights and human rights violations. Genesis 1 and 2 show us what the created order is suppose to be and that the fall happened in a body.Since the fall happened in the first Adam the second Adam had to come in order to put the created order right.
It’s significant because the fall distorts and perverts the created order so that dominant cultures are over creatures and oftentimes marginalized people are placed right underneath. This is a perverted version of what it should have been. Because the fall happened in a body, it took a body for us to be redeemed. Therefore, since the fall happened in the first Adam, the second Adam had to come in order to put the created order right, so that we could have an alternative witness here on earth that shows this is what the ordered world looks like. I believe that’s one of the church’s primary functions: to display to the rest of the world what the beauty of the created order was supposed to be like and to foreshadow what it’s going to be like when we get to glory with Christ.
In the book of Romans, there is a beautiful, constant of going back and forth between being dead in Adam and alive in Christ. There are only two kinds of people in the world: dead in Adam and alive in Christ. This language captures these two worlds: the distorted order and the restored order. It captures the rest of the world and the church, and it creates that tension between the alternative witness and the distorted reality.
This tension is why the two-Adam Christology is one of the principles that I use to build on for helping people understand the origins of human rights and their violations. When we as Christians grasp that principle while also holding on to the picture of the created order, we can live out the restored order and fight against the violations of human rights.