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Wonderful Counselor | Christmas Study

I thought for this year I’d like to spend some time looking at a few titles given to Christ in Isaiah 9:06.

(ESV) Isaiah 9:06, “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.”

For today, I would like to look at the title, “Wonderful Counselor.

The word “wonderful” can relate to something being hard to understand. (See Strong’s Hebrew 6382). Honestly, the Gospel message is hard to understand, especially regarding God’s grace toward us. We, as sinners, are under condemnation and we do not deserve anyone to pay off our debt of sin. Yet, the Lord in His grace and mercy died for us, while we were still sinners.

Jesus is Wonderful. The Bible knows how hard it is for the world to understand God. Scripture says the foolishness of God is wiser than men.

(ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
(ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:21, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”
(ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:25, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

How wonderful it is that we need our eyes to be open to the truth even before we can accept the truth. He is not only wonderful in what He has done on the cross and resurrecting, conquering death, but He is wonderful because He takes our relationship further than it could ever possibly go on our own.

Christ gives us the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Who points the world to sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come. (John 16:08) The Holy Spirit ministers to people the truth of Christ, even before indwelling in those who put their faith in Christ, which is so amazing! John 16:08 says the Holy Spirit points out the truth of Christ to a world, which did not know Him. How amazing and wonderful is that?!

Not only is He wonderful, but the Lord counsels, and this is the full title given to Christ in Isaiah 9:06, Wonderful Counselor.

To counsel anyone means wisdom is needed. Counseling can help reveal issues, things we haven’t realized before. Counseling can even help with reconciliation of families. A good counselor gives sound direction and guides us with solid instructions. A good counselor helps us understand what is hard to understand… wait a minute…

Wonderful means something difficult to understand…. and counselor is a person who helps us understand difficult things.

Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor.

Wow!

Those in Christ receive:

  • Forgiveness of sin
  • Imputation of Christ’s righteousness
  • Ability to repent
  • The Holy Spirit Who convicts, transforms, renews, and helps us with wisdom and understanding about Christ and His word.
  • Reconciliation to God the Father
  • Everlasting life
  • Peace of God
  • And so much more!

Christ is a Wonderful Counselor, indeed!

Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) Romans 5:08, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

*To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) 
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

Community Prayer December ’21

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Personal Blog: Peeking Beneath
Blog For Christian Women: UnAshamed Christian Housewife
Godly Men & Women I Recommend: Link To List
Resources For False Teaching: Recommended Websites For False Teachers/Teaching 
Video Playlist: Christian Questions, Topics, False Teachers, Insights 
Video Playlist: New Christian Believer 
Video Playlist: Understanding False Teachings
Video Playlist: Sermons To Grow From

Luke 11_39-40, _...so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside_

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