Conflating the Son of Man with the Son of God creates the debilitating cause of Christian Confusions. Misunderstanding Jesus, leading to His crucifixion, resulted in failure to perceive the difference between “Son of Man” and “Son of God terms.” The truly converted are guided to move away from this maze of confusion and embrace the Son of the living God.
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’
“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’
“Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ” (Matthew 16:13-20).
Three questions, needing clearance can be deduced, before proceeding. 1) What prompted Jesus to ask that question, only to His disciples? 2) Why was Jesus’s question not phrased as; “who do people say the Son of the living God is?” 3) Why did Jesus warn His disciples against telling anyone that He was the Christ?
Firstly, Jesus sought to reveal the mystery to His disciples. The entire world had not been aware of humans being sons of the living God, although prophecies had clearly pointed to Christ’s appearance. Jesus’s virgin birth miracle and the subsequent pronouncement by the Wise Men from the East were extraordinary.