Introduction: The context and the double fulfillment; the now and the not yet, of Isaiah 9:1-7
1. “Counselor” defined (v. 6; Isaiah 11:2; Isaiah 46:9-11)
2. “Wonderful” defined (v. 6: Ephesians 1:11)
3. The Wonderful Counselor is the LORD Incarnate; the Eternal Son of God (v. 6).
4. The Wonderful Counselor is Wisdom personified (Isaiah 28:29; Proverbs 8:34; 1 Corinthians 1:24).
5. The Wonderful Counselor is personal – and “now.”
· He is confidential with you – never denunciating (Matthew 11:28; Psalm 51:17).
· He is compassionate toward you – never disinterested (Matthew 12:20)
· He is concerned about you – never disengaged (Luke 18:38-42)
· He is capable of helping you – never debilitated (Luke 4:18; Matthew 28:18).
Questions to Consider
1. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, but are you listening to Him and applying His counsel (Proverbs 19:20-21)?
2. He is working out everything in conformity with the purpose [the counsel] of his will. Are you in alignment with what He is doing and where He is going (Ephesians 1:11)?
Jesus is Wisdom Personified – and these are ten truths about “Wisdom.”
1. Happy is the person who finds Wisdom – the Proverb says (Proverb 3:13). For all of the promises of God find their “yes”, or their fulfillment in Him (2 Corinthians 1:20).
2. Everyone who seeks Wisdom shall find Him (Proverbs 8:17). For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who seeks finds, and to everyone who knocks the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8).
3. Wisdom will cause those who love Him to have a full and secure treasure (Proverbs 8:31). For everyone who is called receives an eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15) because Wisdom works all things according to the counsel of His will, and will bless those who are called with every conceivable spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Himself (Ephesians 1:3).
4. Wisdom that comes from heaven is pure (James 3:17). For everyone who is pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8).
5. Wisdom that comes from heaven is peace-loving (James 3:17). For He was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, and upon Him was the punishment that brought us peace (Isaiah 53:5).
6. Wisdom that comes from heaven is gentle (James 3:17). For this will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger (Luke 2:12). For He was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter (Jeremiah 11:19).
7. Wisdom that comes from Heaven is reasonable (James 3:17). For He says to us, “Come now, let us reasons together, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18).
8. Wisdom that comes from heaven is full of mercy (James 3:17). So, cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:38). If you have not found mercy, it is because you did not ask for it (James 4:2)!
9. If anyone lacks Wisdom, let them ask God for Him (James 1:5). For everyone who asks, He gives it generously and without finding fault (James 1:5).
10. Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and all of the things that you desire in this life cannot compare to Him (Proverbs 3:5). For everyone who seeks first the King and His Kingdom all of those things will be given to them, as well (Matthew 6:33).
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