“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever”; God’s Supreme Revelation
October 21, 2019
For My Friend, Faustin Fack Kamuanya
This post is inspired by a very special Facebook friend of mine; I love it when an inquiring mind ask questions that many of us (young or old) will never give them a second thought. I pray in The Name of Christ Jesus that this will be more than adequate to inform, bless and comfort all who lay their eyes on this writing. The question is, “is there a difference between Jesus and God?” I’m certain he means God the Son, and God the Father. There are far too many Believers among us, who have similar questions floating around in the back of their minds, but for whatever reasons, they will not ask. Maybe the cat (Pastor) has their tongue.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. 7 “The more they increased, The more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.”
Prov. 1: 22 ““How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.”
Hebrews 1: 1 “ God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
The Son Exalted Above Angels
5 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”? 6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” 7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. And they will all grow old like a garment; 11 They will perish, but You remain; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
In Hebrews 1: 1, we see that God spoke to and through the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) mainly through the Prophets from Genesis to Malachi. All one would need to do is briefly leaf through each book of The Old Testament. You might note how often God the Father spoke through them to stubborn and/or obedient Kings and Queens alike. Many of these messages were directed to His people; the Children of Israel. Now, back to the question; “Is there a difference between God the Father, and God the Son.”
First, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Godhead; Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9) have always ad will always be the same in essence and power. They are co-equal in all things, even in the creations of all things in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth. Speaking of, every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus (Philp. 2:10). This is God the Fathers design because He has made Christ is His heir, and we are joint-heirs with Him (Rom. 8:17). God the Father is not His own heir; this is a substantial difference.
Secondly, read the entire prayer of Christ to His Father in John 17. The first three verses are “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.” It’s obvious that the LORD is not praying to Himself. He is asking something of the Father that He cannot do for Himself. He said, “the hour has come”. The first question that should come to the readers mind is; what hour is He talking about? The hour of His suffering, His death, burial (entombment), resurrection, and His ascension back to The Throne. To ask these things of Himself would be unnecessary. When I was a child, there were certain things I could not do for myself. I could not tie my own shoes, my brothers or my mother would do that for me. In addition, I certainly didn’t know how to bathe and dress myself. If I should live long enough, those days will come again. Do you remember what the LORD said to Peter after His resurrection?
John 21:18 “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” When Christ gave up His life for you and I, He gave Himself over to sin (yet He never sinned), sickness, poverty, and death; He rendered Himself helpless (Philp. 2:8-9; Heb. 2:9; 2:14). His blood was the price He paid for our redemption. God the Father raised Christ from the dead. I will close with these last few verses, but we are not done. I used these verses specifically so that you might see two things, the Godhead is the same in essence, and in power, however, they are perform different operations. They are one in purpose, but they are not all the same person.
Acts 2: 25 For David says concerning Him: ‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. 27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades (not Hell, the grave), Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’ 29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted [b]to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” To be continue…