But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. (Hebrews 1:8)
One of Satan’s most common tactics is a direct assault on the deity of Christ. Not only has he deceived the Jews and Muslims into believing that He was just another man, a prophet and a great teacher, but he has also blinded a variety of cults that masquerade as Christian, such as the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. But the opening chapter of the book of Hebrews immediately confronts that attack with the declaration that the “Son whom [God] hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he made the worlds; Who (i.e., Jesus) 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 on the right hand of the majesty on high” (vv. 2-3).
The first verse of the Bible tells us that “In the beginning God created” (Genesis 1:1), yet these opening verses in Hebrews attribute creation to the Son. This assertion is repeated elsewhere: “All things were made by him” (the Word, John 1:1-3); “For by him (Jesus) were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). Jesus is the Creator God.
The writer of the book of Hebrews begins his apologetic by demonstrating Christ’s superiority to the created angels. At His birth “when [God the Father] bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” (v. 6). Only God is worthy of worship, and so the angels are instructed to worship Him. Then God the Father addresses the Son: “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom” (v. 8). The Father calls the Son “God.”
Our Savior is the everlasting God. He has created all things. “They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail” (vv. 11-12). No wonder Jesus admonishes, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20) for “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:17) in the presence of our everlasting Lord.