Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ
Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to the effect that the “Son”, the King of Israel is God.
But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the 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 gladness beyond your companions.”
Is the New Testament being faithful to the original intention of the Psalm? Derek Kidner says yes:
The Hebrew resists any softening here, and it is the New Testament, not the new versions, which does it justice when it uses it to prove the superiority of God’s Son to the very angels (Hebrews 1:8f). Added to this, verse 7 distinguishes between God, your God, and the king who has been addressed as “God” in verse 6.
This paradox is consistent with the incarnation, but mystifying in…