Who else is on the throne?
Let me quote C.H. Spurgeon:
To me Calvinism means the placing of the eternal God at the head of all things.This is all well. But we must go beyond this. God has also put a man on the throne as the head of all things. That man is Jesus Christ.
He is exalted above all. Those who are in Christ positionally share in His glory. In Him, they have a title to the government of the universe. If they overcome the world and serve their Lord faithfully, they may enjoy that privilege, sharing in the sovereign rule of God over all things.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 who 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;
4 being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
8 But unto the Son he saith,
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee
with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Hebrews 2Calvinism is weak in its anthropology because of its lack of a doctrine of deification. The Calvinists may deride the idea of free-will as the enthronment of man, but this is in actuallity the glorious truth of the Word of God! The goal of the Christian should be to be lifted up onto the throne of God and to share in His sovereign rule over all things.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying,
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels;
thou crownedst him with glory and honor,
and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet.
For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 ¶ For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,