Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hebrews 1 And The Divinity of Jesus Christ

[Hebrews] 1:5-13 The author's use of the OT will appear audacious, or even arbitrary, to anyone which does not share his convictions that: (a) the whole OT is the voice of God; (b) Jesus Christ is very God; (c) the whole OT testifies to Him. (Cf. Introduction, pars. 12 and 13; Jn 5:39; Acts 10:43; 2 Co 1:19-20; 2 Ti 3:15)

1:5a Ps 2:7, where God addresses the king on David's throne in words whose full meaning becomes real and apparent in the Son of David, the Son of God.

1:5b 2 Sm 7:14. God's promise to David (through the prophet Nathan) concerning David's successors, a promise fully fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

1:6 Words which in their original settings (Dt 32:43) called upon the angels to worship the Lord God of Israel as the Avenger and Savior of His people are here applied to the incarnate Son of God, "that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father" (Jn 5:23). The OT is quoted according to the Septuagint (an ancient Greek translation of the OT), which differs from the one reproduced in English versions. Recent discoveries indicate that this reading may well be the original one.

1:7 Ps 104:4 God's angels ("messengers") appear in various forms, fulfill their service, and vanish. God's Son endures unchanged. (1:8-10)

1:8-9 In Ps 45:6-7 the anointed king of God's people is, as God's vice-regent and executor of His righteousness on earth, called God (or his reign is marked as divine, cf. RSV note a): being under the favor of God, his reign is destined to endure. This ancient promise found its final Yes in Jesus Christ. (2 Co 1:20)

1:10 Ps 102:25-27. Ps 102 is entitled "A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaints before the LORD." The psalmist, his existence shattered, can find grounds for hope only in the God who endures when all else passes away. He will arise and have pity on His people, so that all "nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth" will bow before His glory (Ps 102:12-15). In Jesus Christ God did arise and lead all peoples to worship Him; and the words of Ps 102 are fitly applied to the Son.

1:13 Ps 110:1. God addresses His anointed king. It was with the words of this psalm that Jesus Himself had stated that His Messianic claim most powerfully. (Cf. Mt 22:41-46 note)

Martin Franzmann and Walter H. Roehrs, Concordia Self-study Commentary [commentary on Hebrews], p. 238


  1. Hey Jesse, I just wanted to let you know that I updated my Easter article again. I apologize for showing information which may not be factually accurate. It turns out that the pagan goddess Ishtar may not be related to semiramis. It turns out that Simiramus wasn't married to Nimrod according to one of my links nor did they sacrifice babies (at least not usually) to Ishtar. It's still an ancient pagan festival as recorded in acts 12 that witches even celebrate today with bunnies and eggs and whatnot. It's just that supposed history about Ishtar/semiramis being related to it doesn't have much historical evidence for it... sorry again bro. Don't worry I inform my readers in the opening paragraph to read to the end because I refute or at least question that info in the origins of easter section.

  2. I decided to change it because my sister in law brought up the fact that the Semiramis/Nimrod story has little or no real historical backing. We still don't observe Easter because it still has pagan roots though.

    1. Justin,
      Easter does NOT have pagan roots. Where did you find this claim? It is usually found among KJVO's who get the idea from Jack Chick or Alexander Hislop's false diatribe book against Romanism.

    2. I withdrew my comment in order to edit it because i said the scripture tells us not to remember his resurrection which was an error see 1cor 15:2-8 I meant to say that the scripture tells us to commemorate his death, not his Resurrection. There is no passage which tells us to commemorate the resurrection on a specific day or by using specific customs such as decorating eggs. I was going to just repaste most of my comment but alas the internet went out and like an idiot i restarted the computer making that option unavailable. My point is I am aware the Semiramis being Ishtar story could be false but that doesn't change the fact that Easter is the worship of the fertility moon goddess Ostarte/Eostre which any wiccan will tell you this. It's one of their sacred days. It's celebrated with bunnies and eggs. Why would any sane christian choose to worship Jesus the same way devil worshipers worship their gods? The bible tells us to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers 2Cor 6:14-18, and not be conformed to the world Rom 12:2. I may not be quoting these verses exactly but; That which is highly esteemed among man is abomination in the sight of God! There is a way which seemeth to be right unto a man but the end thereof is death. Virtually Everybody celebrates Easter glenn, choose the narrow path (Mat 7). I appreciate the time you took to discuss this with me though Glenn, I pray for your well being.

    3. Justin,

      I wonder if you even read my comment.

      No one has ever claimed that bunnies and eggs have anything to do with the Christian celebration of Easter. Your attacking that as part of celebrating the resurrection is a straw man. We agree that it is no more Christian than is the use of Santa Claus for Christmas. But the fact that people celebrate a Christian holiday with pagan practices does not negate the facts of the Christian celebrations.

      Easter was not/is not the about the worship of any goddess. That idea came directly from Alexander Hislop and became propagated by legalists who think Easter came from Catholicism adopting pagan practices, and promulgated by ignorant KJV onlyers who accept everything false teacher Jack Chick teaches and sells.

      The FACT of the origin of the word "Easter" is that it has nothing to do with Ostarte or Eostre as claimed by Hislop. Similarity of spelling does not make similarity of definition or origin. As I noted in my other comment, the English word Easter is from the old German "erstehen" which means "resurrection."

      Christians celebrate Easter because we celebrate the Resurrection. The fact that people play the bunny and egg thing on the same day does not negate the Christian celebration.

      By the way, the bunny and egg thing was originally about celebrating Spring. The mixture of spring celebrations with the celebration of the resurrection does not therefore mean that the one is the same as the other.

      Try opening your mind and learning something rather than continue to accept KJVO cultic teachings built on the lies of Alexander Hislop.

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    1. Just because some people do things on Easter, that doesn't make the day pagan.

      Christ didn't raise from the dead on Passover

      The word "easter" does not have the origin you and other legalists claim -- that nonsense came from Alexander Hislop and his book has been proven to be a bunch of garbage. Our word "Easter" comes from the old German "erstehen" which means "resurrection." It has nothing to do with any pagan name or celebration.

      Christians were celebrating Easter (by whatever name they used in their own language-- remembering that English has a lot of Anglo-Saxon words and word derivatives) long before the days of making it about the Easter Bunny. Just like Christians were celebrating the birth of Christ long before anyone put Santa Claus in the mix.

      Don't judge a Christian celebration by what pagans do on the same day.

      By the way, we remember his death by the Lord's Supper, and although there is no command to remember his resurrection, we remember it because without it we'd still be dead in our sins because His resurrection proved his sacrifice was accepted.

      And about 90% of what Hislop had in his book (I threw mine away years ago) was false, and was all made up to attack the Papist church.

  4. Interested readers may want to view my article addressing Easter: