“But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, oh God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” Hebrews 1:8
We need to be clear about something. The historically orthodox teaching about Jesus Christ has really been quite clear over the past twenty centuries. Jesus is more than a carpenter, more than a Rabbi, more than a prophet, more than a moral teacher, and he is not reducible to a mere political insurrectionist of the first century. Jesus of Nazareth happened to be the divine messianic King foretold among the prophets throughout centuries of old. The author of Hebrews, in a very terse fashion, encapsulates in Hebrews 1:8 what has been believed by Christians from the beginning, nearly two millennia ago.
“But of the son he says...” Notice the author’s intention at the beginning of this passage is to ascribe an aspect, a reality, a characteristic, or a propositional truth claim about Jesus, when the author writes, “But of the son he says…” Clarity is always important, and it is no less important here. The “Son” identified in this passage is Jesus. One only has to read the first chapter of Hebrews for this to become apparent. An integral question arises: of whom is “he” the son? Again, the context is clear: He (Jesus) is the Son of God the Father. The author of Hebrews wants us to know the father is denoting something of great importance about His Son, Jesus.
Jesus, the Messiah, is a Divine King. In quoting Psalm 45:6-7, the author simultaneously ascribes to Jesus both divinity and royalty. It was long foretold there would be a King from the line of David whose rule would know no end (Daniel 7:14). But in the first century it was not commonly held that the Forever-King of David would be divine. The passage is quite clear, “Your throne, O God…” divinity is clearly being ascribed to Jesus. Furthermore, “righteousness will be the scepter” of Jesus’ Kingdom, for He truly is the embodiment of righteousness. Because Jesus is divine, His rule can easily be an everlasting rule without end, for He is eternal. And the nature of His Rule—as King—can be none other than a Righteous Rule. This is one of the clearest passages in the New Testament laying out the clear teaching of the Church, namely, that Jesus of Nazareth is the divine, royal Messiah who alone can bring deliverance and establish an everlasting, Righteous Rule. All hail King Jesus!
Word for the Way:
Jesus of Nazareth is the divine, Messianic King.