13 December 2016

What's In a Name? Mighty God


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)

His name shall be called Mighty God. Mighty. God. El Gibor. God, the mighty One.

This name of the blessed Messiah very clearly highlights His divine nature while also emphasizing His power.

Just how great is His strength? Well, even the wind and the waves obey Him.
When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:23-27)
Just how mighty is He? Even the demons tremble in His presence.
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (James 2:19)
Above all, this Savior has strength to sustain, protect, and preserve His own.
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13)
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)
Says John Calvin of this title, Mighty God:
With good reason does he call him strong or mighty, because our contest is with the devil, death, and sin (Ephesians 6:12), enemies too powerful and strong, by whom we would be immediately vanquished, if the strength of Christ had not rendered us invincible. Thus we learn from this title that there is in Christ abundance of protection for defending our salvation, so that we desire nothing beyond him; for he is God, who is pleased to show himself strong on our behalf.1
Say the Scriptures,
Who is the King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle. (Psalm 24:8)
What a privilege it is to be saved by and to serve this Mighty One! What a grace that such a king would condescend to bring salvation to sinful men.

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1. Calvin, John. Commentary on Isaiah, Volume 1.

1 comment:

  1. Love the verse, we used it as the Lead on our Christmas card. Posted a link to your commentary.

    http://justwalkingtogether.blogspot.com/2016/12/isaiah-96-for-unto-us.html

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