Friday, June 15, 2012

Psalm 45, the King, and the Trinity

From today’s Psalms reading: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows” (Psalm 45:6,7).

In Hebrews 1:8,9, it is God the Father (see 1:5). Who speaks these words about another Person Whom He calls “God.” He identifies Himself as “God, Your God,” yet says He anoints another One called “God...with the oil of joy.” Who could this be?
Blooming soaptree yucca (New Mexico's
State flower) with Cookes Peak
in the background.

“Of the Son He says...” The writer of Hebrews tells us that God the Father is saying these words to God the Son. It is the Son the Father calls “God.” It is the Son Who is “anointed...with the oil of joy” by the Father. Both are called God. Yet both Old (Deuteronomy 4:35,39; 6:4; Isaiah 45:5,6,21,22; 46:9; Joel 2:27) and New (1 Corinthians 8:4,6; Galatians 3:20; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; James 2:19) Testaments affirm that there is only one true God. This is the most blessed treasure of the Church: the belief in the Scripture’s teaching of one eternal, true, living God our Creator and Savior Who is three Persons, blessed Trinity. These three are not three gods, but one God. The Father is not the Son or the Spirit. The Son is not the Father or the Spirit. The Spirit is not the Father or the Son. But these three are one.

I would suggest that the “oil of joy” is God the Holy Spirit. We know that joy is an aspect of this Person of the Trinity (Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22,23). We know that the Son’s anointing as Christ the King by the Father (“begotten” language is enthronement language – see Psalm 89:27) is marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16,17). In fact, the verb “anointed” is used of the Holy Spirit 3 times in the New Testament (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Corinthians 1:21).

Glory in the Trinity – the Father eternally anointing the righteousness-loving, iniquity-hating Son as absolute King with the joyful Holy Spirit.

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