7764 - Eternal Throne


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As the writer of Hebrews is telling about the superiority of the Son of God to various beings, he speaks about the throne of the Son, which will last forever.

Let’s consider Hebrews 1, verses 8 & 9 today.

But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."

Notice that in this passage Father God is speaking to God-the-Son, so the Father is authenticating that the throne of your kingdom will last forever.

Since the Father & the Son predate all created things, the throne of the Son was established before the heavens & the earth were created. That means that as we look back we never see a time when the throne of the Son did not exist. It is obvious that the term throne here denotes the rule or kingdom of the Son.

This statement also looks forward forever; therefore, past the end of time. This means the rule of Christ over his kingdom always has been and always will be.

The comparison being made in this greater passage is the enduring nature of the rule of the Son, whereas the angels have a limited expectation.

The writer also states that righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. A scepter is an ornamented staff or rod associated with the authority of a ruler. It is the symbol of sovereign office and power.

In dealing with the throne of the Son the quality of “righteousness” is the scepter of the Son’s kingdom. This is the one way of saying that the Son of God has a true and right standing with Father God. There is no small character flaw, none at all, which stands between Father God and the Son of God. In view that his kingdom is infinite in scope, we could interpret that the truth of his righteousness has always been in place and will continue to be in place until the end of infinity.

In verse 9, the Father acknowledges that the Son has loved righteousness and hated wickedness. This has always been true.

Then the Father openly states that this enduring scepter of righteousness is the very reason the Father was free to set the Son above all others.

All believers should keep in mind that the Trinity relationship within the Godhead has always existed – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This was not altered in any manner by the Son humbling himself and taking upon himself human flesh. Nor did his life, death or resurrection alter the relationship of the Godhead.

In a mysterious manner Jesus is looked upon as being lower than the angels while in human flesh, but this was voluntary and not imposed. Jesus willingly accepted this temporary assignment on earth, knowing that he would return to his heavenly glory, power and office.

The anointing with the oil of joy is explained as being on the occasion of the Son’s baptism in the Jordan River at the beginning of his ministry. Acts (10:38) explains: “...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and ... he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” The ‘oil of joy’ is a reference to the Holy Spirit.

While Jesus was in the flesh he relied totally upon the Father and the Holy Spirit to accomplish every act in life. Remember, he had emptied himself of the use of his divine power while on earth, so he could demonstrate to every Christian how we must depend upon the indwelling Trinity God to accomplish his good purpose in our life.

Of course, after Jesus fully accomplished his mission of redemption on earth, then the Father received the Son back at his right hand, with all his eternal power and identity. In the eyes of men & his companions, Jesus received even more esteem, dignity and glory than he received prior to incarnation.