“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
God says things to and of the Son of God, Jesus Christ that he does not say to anyone else. The writer of Hebrews asks and seems to answer his own question on the behalf of his readers, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Heb 1: 6). Angels are spirits, glorious beings for sure and he made thousands, myriads of them so they cannot be counted (Heb 12:22). BUT they are never to be worshipped or invoked in prayer (Rev 19:10). They are created beings doing the bidding of God’s will (Psa 103:21). The message is simple. Jesus is NOT an angel. He is NOT a created being. He is the Creator, God the Son, the second person of the Triune God.
The Father says to him and not to the angels, “Your throne O God is forever and ever.” Christ is eternal God, the true God and eternal life, “God blessed for ever.” (1 John 5:20; Rom 9:5). He is God with us (Isa 7:14; Matthew 1:23). God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16). He is the Deity, in the the one and only God the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible having the glory of the Father made visible (1 Tim. 5:14-16) HE IS THE FIRST meaning Preeminent and Sovereign. He is the Creator, Redeemer and Head of the Body of Christ the Church. First in Creation, First in Resurrection, First in the Church. All things lead up to him and he fills all things. All things were made by him and for him (Col 1:15-22).
It is a beautiful picture of the Father’s love for the Son. Christ was continually proclaiming the Father’s love from him (John 15:9) and that the Father loved him before the foundation of the world (John 17:24). The Father pours out on the Son the oil of gladness, a picture of the Holy Spirit, echoing the words in the gospels that declared Jesus Christ as God’s dearly loved and only Son resting in the “bosom of the Father” (see Matt 3:17; John 1:18) and as the Spirit descended and rested upon him (John 1:32). God the Father loves no one better or more than his Son (John 3:35; 5:20).
We see this because of the superior joy Christ’s has above all his friends and companions. Who are these companions of Christ? Enoch who walked with God (Gen 5:24), Noah who found favor with God (Gen 6:8), Abraham who was God’s friend (Isa 41:8), Moses who saw God face to face (Exodus 33:11), Elijah taken in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:12), David a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord (James 5:10), and Job whose patience God rewarded with his most tender mercies (James 5:11) and all his original disciples who obeyed him even to the giving of their lives for the Gospel (John 15:14-15). Oh God did anoint them with some oil of gladness.
But to the Son he reserved a special oil, a unique oil, superior to that of the high priest (Psa. 133:2) which flowed down his beard and robes. He is our Prophet (Luke 24:19), Priest (Heb 4:14) and King (Rev 19:16). Christ has all fullness, God Spirit is given to him without measure (John 3:34) and the exuberant joy he has is seen in a small measure when he made his glory known in the joyful dancing at the wedding of Cana when the wine was served that was once water (John 2:6-9). All was flavorless water compared to the intoxicating Gospel wine Jesus gives (John 2:10). The joy that was set before Christ was after his perfect obedience that led him to the cruel Cross. Now God the Father honors Christ in front of all his companions, the cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1-2) as part of the church triumphant that sit at the heavenly feast upon his return from heaven after his ascension. Oh what music still plays, oh what shouts of incessant still worship continue this day as that heavenly feast goes on and on as when the oil was poured on the head of the Father’s distinguished and very welcome Son with such full joy no one could ever understand it.
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