Jesus Christ, The Son Of God
"Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also." 1st John 2:22-23 The first chapter in the Book of Hebrews finds God the Father speaking to Jesus his Son: "But to the Son he says: 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your Kingdom.'" Hebrews 1:8 Two great doctrines are shown in this one verse. 1. The fact that God the Father is speaking to Jesus establishes that they are two distinct persons. 2. When the Father says to him, "Your throne, O God," he establishes that Jesus is truly God. In verse 10 God confirms that Jesus himself is the Creator and sustainer of all that is: "You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands." Then he speaks of the commission given to Christ when he came to this earth: vs 3: "...WHEN HE HAD BY HIMSELF PURGED OUR SINS, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…" Jesus Christ is seated in heaven, having accomplished to the very end the work he came to this earth to accomplish namely, he "by himself purged our sins." He came to this earth to take upon himself the judgment due on the believer's sins, taking that judgment upon himself and suffering it in our place. Having finished the work, he returned to heaven, seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high. He is seated “at the right hand” showing again – two persons. He isn't seated at the right hand of himself. And then speaking to the hosts of heaven the Father says: vs 6: “Let all the angels of God worship him.” Throughout the Bible the fact is made clear that ONLY GOD is to receive worship. Mankind is told time and again that they must NOT bow before ANY other being, nor give worship to anyone other than God himself. So again in this verse, God establishes that Jesus is God, and that all the host of heaven are to worship him. When Jesus came to this earth, he came as a lamb born in a barn - because that's where lambs are born. He came to be the lamb sacrifice for the sins of all who would receive him. But when he returns to this earth he will not return as a lamb, he will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He will come in great glory and "every eye shall see him" as he comes from heaven. He will destroy all who have come to Armageddon to war against him. Then he will set up his Kingdom upon the earth and receive the praise and worship due him, which mankind refused to give him at his first coming. Jesus Christ will come to this earth as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Satan will no longer be "the god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4), his career will be over. Jesus Christ will set up HIS Kingdom, reigning over all the earth from the Throne of David in Jerusalem. And there will be peace, because the work is finished and the Prince of Peace has come! "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah 2:4 Even so, come Lord Jesus!