2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:2-7)
Today, we continue to examine Isaiah 9:6 which says, “6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Four descriptive and compound titles, or names, are given to the Son. Each describe His inner character.
Wonderful Counselor. In an absolute sense, this name means that the Son will be an outstanding and amazing source of wisdom and counsel.
Mighty God. In an absolute sense, this name means that the Son is also the one, true God of the universe who created it and sustains it, is powerful and strong.
Everlasting Father. In an absolute sense, this means that the Son is the head of His covenant people and will be eternally.
Prince of Peace. In an absolute sense, the Son is the commander and ruler of safeness, soundness and welfare for His people.
Dr. John MacArthur writes, “Wonderful Counselor. In contrast to Ahaz, this King will implement supernatural wisdom in discharging his office (cf. 2 Sam. 16:23; 1 Kings 3:28). Mighty God. As a powerful warrior, the Messiah will accomplish the military exploits mentioned in Isa. 9:3–5 (cf. 10:21; Deut. 10:17; Neh. 9:32). Everlasting Father. The Messiah will be a Father to his people eternally. As Davidic King, he will compassionately care for and discipline them (Isa. 40:11; 63:16; 64:8; Ps. 68:5–6; 103:13; Prov. 3:12). Prince of Peace. The government of Immanuel will procure and perpetuate peace among the nations of the world (Isa. 2:4; 11:6–9; Mic. 4:3).”
Soli deo Gloria!