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Re: Romans 9:5 - understanding the English AV text

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That is a key debate between the Oneness and Trinity positions. Both affirm that Jesus is being called God, but in what way? As the Father, or as God the Son?

This one has a little more depth to it, in that Paul is here quoting from Psalm 45:6.

In order to correctly understand Paul's use, it's important to see how the Psalm plays out:

Psalm 45:6-7 (ESV),

According to Paul in Hebrews, the owner of the throne is Jesus, the Son of God, and he uses Psalm 45:6 to support that view.

But look at Psalm 45:7:

Speaking prophetically to the Son per Hebrews 1:8, the psalmist writes (to the Son) "Therefore God, your God, has anointed you [that is, has anointed Jesus the Son of God]..."

So, if Jesus is the God of Psalm 45:6 and Hebrews 1:8, and there seems to be no other conclusion, then who is the God of this God in Psalm 45:7?

Is it not the Father?

And these questions are tangentially related to Romans 9:5, because Trinitarians who affirm Christ's deity and say Romans 9:5 calls Christ "God", additionally state that it must be a reference to His deity as God the Son, since the verse says He is over all, but recognize that in other writings, Paul insists that God the Father has not been put in subjection to the Son, therefore meaning Christ is over all with the exception of the Father:

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (ESV),
Trinitarians assume "Son" refers to a divine person known as God the Son without direct reference to the incarnation. So whenever the Son is addressed as God they immediately refer it to "the second divine person" rather than to the Man from Galilee.

Psalm 45:1-5 KJV
My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. [2] Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. [3] Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. [4] And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. [5] Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

The Psalm is essentially a wedding psalm for the king of Israel. Verse 2 says God has blessed the king unto the ages.

Psalm 45:6-7 KJV
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. [7] Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

The question is "What is verse 6 saying?" Is it an interruption, a benediction of praise to God inserted into the psalm? Possibly.

Or is it a declaration that the king is "God"? Yet not in the sense that the king is Jehovah, but elohim?

The word elohim, usually translated "God" or "god" is occasionally applied to mortal human rulers. For example, Ex 21:6 uses elohim to refer to the judges/rulers, and Gen 23:6 calls Abraham an "elohim prince" (elohim translated as mighty).

Which would mean the king is being styled "elohim" the same way Abraham and the rulers/judges were, as a term expressing one who has power and authority. In this case, verse 7 is a reference to Jehovah. Which is why it says "therefore God - even thy God..." etc.

And this would mean that the psalm 45 citation in Hebrews is not pointing specifically to the Son being incarnate Deity (that point being made elsewhere) but that the Son has been anointed and blessed "above all thy fellows", and that His throne (dominion or reign) is eternal.

Now it is quite possible that Psalm 45:6 is being used in a somewhat oblique manner to indicate the Son's divine nature, but we shouldn't take that in a trinitarian sense (second person of a trinity) because trinitarian thought had not developed, and therefore cannot possibly what the apostle was trying to say. Instead, like several other instances in Scripture, the ambiguity of the old testament language is used to suggest lines of thought that reveal Christological themes that would likely have been beyond the original author's intention. An example of this would be Matthew 2:15 quoting Hosea 11:1.

That the Son has a God is without any controversy, He affirmed it Himself repeatedly. But when trinitarian concepts of the Son being an eternal divine second person of a trinity are introduced, that's when problems develop. Why? Because such concepts render the Sonship independent of the human nature of Jesus. Biblically, the Son is ALWAYS including the human nature in view, it cannot be separated from His humanity.

The Son is God because the man is the human manifestation of Jehovah. The Son has a God because the man is indeed a man, who serves and obeys Jehovah.
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