Friday, April 27, 2007

Is Jesus God? Part 6b

The author of Hebrews (not Paul cf. Hebrews 2:3) has so much to say about the deity of Jesus that it needed to be broken into two separate posts. Today's post is a continuation of yesterday's.

In case his readers still had any doubt, regarding the deity of Christ, the author gives them at least two more evidences in this first chapter that point to Christ’s deity. In Hebrews 1:6 the writer tells us that God (cf. 1:5) calls for the angels to worship Christ. We know from the canonical witness that only God is to be worshipped. Therefore we can assume that if Christ is to be worshipped, He must be God. The next piece of evidence that the author uses to affirm the deity of Christ is by taking an Old Testament quote—that referred to God—and applying it to Christ. Hebrews 1:10-12 is a quote from Psalm 102:25-27. In the Psalm it is clear that the author is praising God for his work in creation. The author of Hebrews takes this quote referring to God and directly applies it to Christ. The author wants his readers to know that Jesus Christ is the “eternal Lord of heaven and earth who created all things and will remain the same forever.” These affirmations place the writer to the Hebrews in agreement with Peter, Paul, and James regarding the deity of Christ.

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