What is the significance of Stephen’s dying vision of Jesus as Son of Man, standing at the right hand of the Father? Consider both elements in your answer: the designation (Son of Man) and the posture (standing, rather than sitting, at the Father’s side). Use the Bible, Ger, and one additional scholarly source to research this and to present your position.
In Acts 7:56 KJV we have Stephen’s testimony that he sees Jesus as the Son of Man standing at the right hand of the Father. There is significance in both what Stephen saw and the language that he used to convey his vision to his murderers. Stephen’s use of the title “Son of Man” (Acts 7:56 KJV) is for the purpose of confirming to the Sanhedrin that Jesus who they crucified was now in heaven at the right hand of the Father. The Jews had heard Christ refer to himself using the title “Son of Man” many times. Ger (2018) writes: “His use of this term for Himself is studded throughout the gospels” (p 107). Perhaps the most interesting verse in which Christ identifies himself as the “Son of Man” is found in the Gospel of Matthew for there Jesus says: “Ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power” (Matthew 26:64 KJV. Stephen helps them to recall these words of Christ by using the title “Son of man.” Stephen’s vision was also a confirmation for the faith of Christ disciples. Some think that Stephen’s vision of Christ standing instead of sitting at the Father’s right hand was a demonstration of Christ’s concern and support of Stephen in his moment of martyrdom. Henry (1994) wrote: “Here is a proof of the exaltation of Christ to the Father’s right hand;” (p. 2094).

2.Cornelius is described in Acts 10 as devout, fearing God, and prayerful. Indeed, God took note of his good works and heard his prayers. Why was it necessary for Peter to preach the gospel to him? Use the Bible, Ger, and one additional scholarly source to research this and to present your position.

In the case of Cornelius, the Scripture declares that he was a man of prayer and good works (Acts 10:2 KJV). But even though Cornelius was a good, and pious man he had not heard the Gospel yet from the mouth of an eyewitness to Jesus’ life. His faith needed to rest in more than mere rumor. Henry (1994) writes; “Peter declares to them his resurrection from the dead, and the proofs of it, that they might not think that when he was slain there was an end of him” (p. 2110). Ger (2018) wrote: “The resurrected Christ was not revealed universally to everyone… but only to those who were… chosen beforehand” (p. 157). Therefore, only one of the eyewitnesses to the Resurrected Christ could establish such a fact for Cornelius beyond all doubt.
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Textbook: Steven Ger, The book of Acts, Witnesses to the World