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His Name is Mighty God   Isaiah 9:6

 

This Christmas season we are considering the birth announcement God sent out for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The announcement came 700 years before Christ was born in Bethlehem through Isaiah the prophet. We observed the coming Messiah would be both human and divine. Isaiah wrote, “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.”

We learned in the first place that the Messiah would be the “wonderful counselor.” He is the one who does things that only God can do, things beyond human comprehension, and included in these things are the great plans and decrees of God. The unfolding drama of redemption throughout history is His great plan. He would also be the “mighty God.”

His name shall be called “mighty God.” God the Father made it absolutely clear that the Messiah would be God Himself and God incarnate in human flesh. Some folks who deny the deity of our Lord Jesus try to find support for their position in this phrase of Isaiah 9:6.

They say, because Isaiah wrote “mighty God” and not “almighty God” he was asserting Christ was not actually God. This assertion is not true in any way. We know this because, first, the two terms, “mighty God”, and “almighty God.” are not related at all. The word translated “almighty” in such passages as Genesis 17:1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.’” is a Hebrew word which most likely denotes God as the all sufficient God. The word translated “mighty” as in “mighty God,” speaks of valor, might, and victory in war. The Messiah will be the warrior God who wins all of His battles.

The second reason we know Christ was God is because the phrase “mighty God” is used only four other places in the Old Testament beside here in Isaiah 9:6. Every time it refers unequivocally to the God of the Universe. One of those references is found in Isaiah 10:20-21 “And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.” A second example is found in Jeremiah 32.18. “You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them; the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts.” Clearly the prophet Isaiah, who wrote also wrote Isaiah 9:6, and Jeremiah the prophet both used the title “mighty God” as a title for the true and living God Himself. It was always used for God alone.

Messiah was God in human flesh. The Jewish scribes before Jesus came did not know what to do with this description of a Messiah who was obviously divine.

What is the practical benefit of knowing our Savior as the “mighty God?” First, we can know that no matter what we face in life, we can face it because Christ is the mighty God in human flesh who ever lives to help us. Do you remember when God told Jeremiah who was in prison to buy the property from his kinsman? Jeremiah did not understand what God was doing. So, he prayed, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” (Jeremiah 32:17) When the LORD answered Jeremiah’s prayer He said. “Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, “‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?’” (Jeremiah 32:26–27) The LORD’s replied to Jeremiah with Jeremiah’s very words. Perhaps He was asking Jeremiah, “Do you really believe nothing is too hard for me?”

Because He is the mighty God, nothing is ever too hard for Him to do. This is also true for us today. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” This is a great passage to recite to God in praise in our prayer to Him. It reminds us of His infinity. Paul wrote that our God is able to do more than we could ask for or even think about Him doing. Then Paul began adding superlatives to his description. God can do much more than we can ask or think. That is still not enough. Our infinite God can do exceedingly much more than we could ask or think. In fact, He can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Paul is not just writng hyperbole, rather he is trying to put God’s infinity in human terms. The Lord Jesus Christ who saved us is able to do much, much more than we could ask or even think.

Third, we must think about the point Paul made in Philippians 4:12-13. “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” If we can have victory over our own spirits through the power of Christ given to us, can we not conquer anything through Him? Without Him we can do nothing, together with Him we can do anything He asks of us.

Finally, we will see Him as the warrior God in the end of history. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:22-25, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.” The Lord Jesus will rule until He has put all things under His feet. He will be victorious in the end. We must not be discouraged. If we belong to Him, we are on the victory side.

The Lord Jesus Christ who was born at Bethlehem was God of very God. He was no created being. He was the great eternal word who was with God and was God and became flesh and walked among us, died on a cross, was buried, rose again, and is now seated on the right hand of the Father on high.

He is the conquering Savior and Lord who will someday rule over all the earth. Do we recognize that Our Savior was born to be the conqueror and king? Have you put your trust in Him alone to save you?

9 Responses to Blog

  1. Paul Tuttle says:

    Don, I am sharing your blogs. It is quite refreshing to read something that actually contains the word of God. Most of what we read today is nothing more than slop. Keep them coming. BTW. I do like how you emphasized using God’s own word in our prayers. He likes that.

  2. Paul Tuttle says:

    Don, the eyesight might be a bit hampered, but I can still read the word. Thank the Lord, you did a great job on Joshua 4 and reminded me once again to take a good look at the rock pile of my life. It is good reading your thoughts once again. I am still keeping you in my prayers.

  3. Paul tuttle says:

    Don, Heb. 6: 18-19 is one of my favorites. Because Christ (the forerunner) has entered the harbour so too can we who trust in Him. The forerunner was the little anchor boat that insured safe harbour for those in the ship. We are in that ship. Good message Pastor.

  4. gsteiger@aol.com says:

    Pastor Don, I really enjoy reading your Blogs!

  5. Josh says:

    I miss your sermons, I wish I kept all the handouts you gave!!!

  6. Dawn says:

    Really great devotional to read this morning! I always remember my grandma saying, “If the good Lords a willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you tomorrow!” She never seemed to fear death.

  7. Marie Combs says:

    Don, I wish I had all the sermon outlines, etc from way back when! Your teaching was always tops! Just learned about your blog and plan to read them often for the encouragement. Blessings to you and all the family. Marie Combs

  8. Judy Carole Johnson says:

    Seconded Marie’s comment. Marie emailed me and I found your blog. I am forwarding to our guys.

  9. Bruce E. Felt says:

    Don – Hans Bayer has noted that discipleship dynamics are reciprocal in nature. We learn together in dependence upon Christ what it means to grow as his disciples. It means mutually living under his true lordship, finding God as the actual center of our individual and corporate lives and learning to see ourselves with God-centered peripheral vision. Keep up the good work. – Bruce

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