Bible basic Teachings

Hebrews 1:8-9 Explained: “Thy throne O God”

Heb 1:8-9 KJV 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore *God, even thy God*, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

This verse cannot be used to support trinity which claims that Jesus is coequal with God because verse 9 is clear enough that the almighty God is the God of Jesus.

However it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Jesus is here called Elohim or Theos/God when translated. This is actually a quotation from the Hebrew scriptures in Psalm 45:6,7 where Elohim is originally used.

Now to understand this, the word Elohim or God as translated is not an exclusive name/title for the *almighty* God.

For example in Psalm 82:6, we learn that humans were called Elohim or God.
This is exactly what Jesus tried to teach the Jews:

“34 Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? (Theos/Elohim or God).

35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken),

36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?”Joh 10:34-36 NET

Also we see the angels referred to as Elohim/God.

For example, after Jacob wrestled with the angel, he said:

Gen 32:30 NET So Jacob named the place Peniel, explaining, “Certainly I have seen God face to face and have survived.”.

This angel couldn’t have been God because no flesh can or has ever seen God.

“He alone possesses immortality and lives in unapproachable light, whom no human has ever seen or is able to see. To him be honor and eternal power! Amen.” 1Ti 6:16 NET

Elohim is also used for idols in hundreds of verses in Bible as in Genesis 35:2.

Now, using the logic of our Lord Jesus Christ, if humans and even idols were called Elohim, why would anyone think that the son of God is not more rightly entitled to be called God?

Jesus is rightly called God and YHWH because God has placed His hand in him by giving him a name above every other name and it is not out of place for us to even worship him but to the glory of the Father.

“9 As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth –

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Phi 2:9-11 NET

Does this now mean that Jesus is coequal with God as the erroneous trinity theory claims?

Although God has placed everything and everyone under Jesus Christ, God Himself is still the God that Jesus worships and therefore far superior to Jesus as the Father is to the son.

“27 For he has put everything in subjection under his feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the one who put everything in subjection to him.

28 And when all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.” 1Co 15:27-28 NET

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