by Mike Ratliff
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
Isaiah 9:6 is part of a magnificent prophecy given to the prophet Isaiah about 800 years prior to the advent of our Lord being born of a virgin according to the will of God the Father in order to fulfill his eternal will and plan of redemption of his people. Of course there are those who scoff at this prophecy being about the Messiah or that the Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that prophecy. However, those who make those assertions, even if they call themselves Christians, are not of us and never have been of us (1 John 2:19). Some who do believe this prophecy is true, however, do not believe that it in any way is in effect at this time, but is for some time in the distant future. I counter that with Matthew 28:16-20…[But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”]
Notice that the passage I quoted above is what we call the “Great Commission.” What is the motivation for us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, et cetera?” It is that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to our Lord and he promises in v20 to always be with us to the end of the age. We do not make the Great Commission work. We do not save people from there sins. We do not provide the means of salvation to anyone. No, we obey what our Lord commands here and he his with is in the midst of it and it is him working through that that good works are done.
The spirit-filled believer is one whose life is submitted in all areas of their life in obedience to the will of the Lord. It is these people who are learning to know their Lord as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. What do these terms mean?
To know our Lord as Wonderful Counselor is to know him a the one who leads and controls our lives wisely and through that leadership amazing confessions of deliverance from the bondage of the flesh and the world are made by those who know him this way. These are people who learn to live their life by prayer, not putting God to test, but depending upon him and his provision while living by faith as everything is brought before him to the throne of grace. Those who know their Lord as Wonderful Counselor are not enslaved to the flesh or the world nor are they in love with the things of this world. I pray that his makes sense to you.
To know our Lord as Mighty God is to understand him in terms of his omnipotence. Those who know him this way never doubt his sovereignty nor his ability to control every situation and carry out his will. When they read of the magnificence of what awaits those in Christ in eternity and understand that what God sets out to do he always accomplishes then they do not doubt their salvation thinking that it hinges upon their own abilities or flimsy fallen will.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is our Eternal Father. That does not mean he is also God the Father. No, he is God the Son, however, to each of us who know him, he is our Eternal Father in that he is our benevolent protector. There is no end to this. Those in Christ will always be in Christ. There is no power or force or evil or person who can come between him and us.
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NASB)
Lastly we have our Lord as the Prince of Peace. What is this? Our Lord is the one who provided the one and only way for those the Father chose before the foundation of the world to have peace with him. It is through the propitiatory sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that those who believe the Gospel and are justified by the Father because of that can claim Jesus Christ as their Prince of Peace.
Now, in light of these truths we must conform our walk with an eternal focus, reflecting on who our Lord Jesus really is and if you have not been living out your faith in light of these truths then you are being short-changed in a big way I assure you. I know that many want to take credit away from our Lord in some of these areas and take it for themselves. In so doing they are actually living flesh-bound lives, not spirit-filled, humble lives before their Lord in obedience to him as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). It is as branches on the Vine (Christ) submitting to pruning by the vinedresser (The Father) that we are humbled and learn that without Christ we can do nothing according to the will of God (John 15).
I would like to close with my favorite Psalm (Psalm 37). Please meditate on this magnificent Psalm of David in light of what we just studied.
Security of Those Who Trust in the Lord, and Insecurity of the Wicked.
A Psalm of David.
1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11 But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
12 The wicked plots against the righteous
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow
To cast down the afflicted and the needy,
To slay those who are upright in conduct.
15 Their sword will enter their own heart,
And their bows will be broken.
16 Better is the little of the righteous
Than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
But the Lord sustains the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
And their inheritance will be forever.
19 They will not be ashamed in the time of evil,
And in the days of famine they will have abundance.
20 But the wicked will perish;
And the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures,
They vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back,
But the righteous is gracious and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him will inherit the land,
But those cursed by Him will be cut off.
23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
25 I have been young and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread.
26 All day long he is gracious and lends,
And his descendants are a blessing.
27 Depart from evil and do good,
So you will abide forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice
And does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
And dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
And his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
His steps do not slip.
32 The wicked spies upon the righteous
And seeks to kill him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand
Or let him be condemned when he is judged.
34 Wait for the Lord and keep His way,
And He will exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked, violent man
Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.
36 Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more;
I sought for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright;
For the man of peace will have a posterity.
38 But transgressors will be altogether destroyed;
The posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him. Psalms 37 (NASB)
Soli Deo Gloria!