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    What’s In a Name? Prince of Peace

    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) In these turbulent times, the idea of peace seems almost idyllic. Yet, Isaiah prophesies that the coming Messiah, who is Jesus Christ, would be the Prince of Peace. In the history of the world since the Fall there has not ever been true peace among sinful men. From Cain and Abel, to whatever conflict is raging in the world today, men have been at war with one another for millennia.…

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    What’s In a Name? Eternal Father

    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) This title of Christ’s is fascinating and intriguing. Remember that this verse is describing the infant of Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. The titles provided by Isaiah in 9:6 are introduced as belong to the child who will be born, the son who will be given,…

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    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…

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    What’s In a Name? Wonderful Counselor

    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) A child will be born, a son will be given, and this One shall have upon His shoulders the government of all. Indeed, He alone is God’s perfect ruler. This reality is emphasized by the four-fold name given to Him in Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah packs more names for Christ into this one verse than is seen in any other single verse in Scripture. At the time of the Old Testament…

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    What’s In a Name? A Child Born, A Son Given

    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) Isaiah 9:6 contains more names of Messiah in a single verse than any other in the Bible. The names of Messiah presented in this verse cannot be fully appreciated, however, without an understanding of the broader context of the passage. As Isaiah prophesies, chapter 8 ends on a note of judgment: When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people…

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    What’s In a Name?

    Most tend to think of a name as merely an identifier. My name is Erin. Your name might be Susan, Joshua, Abigail, or something else. Names prevent us from having to refer to one another as “Hey, You.” Perhaps you named your child Julie simply because you liked the sound of the name and it blended well with your surname. You likely gave little if any consideration to the actual meaning of the name Julie, which in its French origin, means “downy.” Today, our names act as a label; a name is rarely chosen as a means of defining our individual character. In days long ago, however, names carried far…