For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6(ISV)
The Saviour of the world was to be undiminished deity, eternally united with full humanity in one Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and this astonishing prophecy in Isaiah confirms this fact in a few short words.
As a member of the human race, the Saviour was the firstBORN baby of the virgin Mary: "A Child is born," for He shall save His people from their sins. As the second member of the triune Godhead, the Saviour was the only begotten Son of God: "A Son is given," for God so loved the world that he GAVE the beloved Son of His love, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer.
And every name and every attribute that is ascribed to this unique Person has the seal of the eternal Trinity etched into its very fabric. No one else but God can qualify to be called 'Wonderful' for we read in the Bible that His name is Wonderful. And God alone is the perfect Counsellor, for in Christ dwelt all the wisdom of the Godhead bodily. And the Spirit of the LORD rested upon Him; the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and reverence for the Lord. Christ Jesus is indeed our "Wonderful Counsellor."
God alone is omnipotent, and He alone has the authority to call Himself the "Mighty God." God alone is eternal and so He alone can be entitled "Everlasting Father." And God alone, in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, shed His lifeblood so that all who believe on His name would have peace with God - that perfect peace of God that passes all understanding. Oh Christ alone has the right to be called the "Prince of Peace."
The Wonderful, Eternal, Almighty, God of Peace, the second Person of the Triune Godhead, set aside His glory to take on the form of a man and be BORN into the race that He created - the Son of Man. He was GIVEN by the Father as the Son of God, a gift of grace from God to a lost world so that all who believe on His name would be saved.
The Lord Jesus Christ is that Child that was BORN and He is that Son that was GIVEN. No surprise that His name shall be called: "Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Loving Lord, no matter how many times I read of the wonder of Your incarnation as the Word made flesh, it fills me with wonder and praise. Lord, I worship You in the beauty of holiness, and I bow down before Your throne of grace in wonderment, for holy is Your name. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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