“And He will be called…”

If there was only one Bible verse that I could remember and keep with me in a dark, dank prison cell, that verse would be Isaiah 9:6.

12-26-12 and he shall be called

Wonderful… The KJV separates “wonderful” from “counselor” as a description all of its own. Amazing (MSG). Excellent. Great. Marvelous. Astounding. Incomprehensible. Beyond human conception. The wonder of His love for us exists as perhaps the greatest mystery of our faith (1 Timothy 3:16).

Counselor… He gives all men counsel, His perfect knowledge of what’s best imparted to us. His counsel includes vast, immeasurable wisdom (Romans 11:33). Wisdom that comes when we wait, like Joseph did, before acting (Matthew 1:20). Counsel that comes when we give God time and space to move, when we refuse to listen to our flesh and instead wait for God to speak.

Mighty God… Could be translated “Strong Hero.” Mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8). He does what only He can do because of His limitless might and power. I watch a lot of movies that have heroes who inspire through their character shown in their actions. I seek out stories of real-life heroes in the face of tragedy and violence. Yet, no hero – fiction or real – comes close to my Mighty Hero God who has no limits.

Everlasting Father… An unending reign. Eternal Father. In a world where the only constant is change, having a Father whose reign has always been and always will be brings stability that cultivates tremendous hope (Isaiah 40:28).

Prince of Peace… His peace involves receiving the favor of God from the Prince of Wholeness (MSG). No end exists to the peace He brings, to His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3 & Isaiah 32:17). Perfect peace in an imperfect world. Then, one day, perfect peace in His Perfect Kingdom.

If I knew nothing else about my Lord, Isaiah 9:6 would be enough. It reveals His character and His heart. It reveals what He wants to do and be in my life.

DISCUSSION: What would be your “one verse” and why?

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11 Replies to ““And He will be called…””

  1. 1st Peter 4:8… Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. First and foremost Christ's love has covered over and washed away my sins and second I think if we love deeply then that love covers up our sin and also those we love.

  2. It is so hard to chose just one. I love the familiar John 3:16, but my life verse has been Philippians 4:13. " I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me." Whatever I face in this life I do not have to face alone. Christ is with me and in HIS strength I can do more than I ever imagined, survive more than I ever dreamed possible, and overcome the obstacles in my way. I also love Paul's reminder in Philippians 2 to not worry, but to pray with thanksgiving.

  3. And He is God's gift to bring us out off our state conflict and turmoil – our present state of animosity with God – and into prefect "peace" with God – or that time where we can walk in Garden again with the Lord with no regret, no retreat or no reserve, in essence no fear, as we currently struggle with.

    To have God on our side as our personal protector & provider as He has desired from the beginning…What more could we ask? He truly will be God with us and we will know peace! AMEN!!!

  4. Though I had read many years back what Bible says about God, it was only a few months back that I read the core teaching of Jesus, and I was absolutely impressed and moved with their beauty, with his humanity, compassion, and idealism.

  5. This is the one verse that I love most from the Bible:

    And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. –John 8:32

    because nothing is more sanctifying than truth is.

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