"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22
"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22

HE SHALL BE CALLED…

 

     It has been said that name connotes nature. The prophets spoke of the various names by which the Messiah would be called. Each Name had Its unique aspect of our Lord and His mission. Jeremiah noted that He shall be called "the Lord our Righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6) and also that, as a result of His work in righteousness, we shall also be called the same, "the Lord our Righteousness" (Jeremiah 33:16). Yes! Called by His Name!

 

     The Prophet Isaiah used several names simultaneously from which a true believer who if Spirit-filled understands a duty to allow Christ to manifest His nature from within us. Isaiah 9:6 reads, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." A child is born and a son or full grown son is given or set. Through faith, nothing should hinder a believer from growing up into the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:13). Throughout this study consider Christ as the Head and Body. "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (I Corinthians 12:12-14)."

 

     As the Body of Christ, we are where His Nature is displayed. Wonderful is the first name Isaiah gives in 9:6. Something wonderful is that which is miraculous and extraordinary. Consider how many have been conditioned to accept the powerless ordinary. John 5:20 says of Jesus, "For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel." Jesus said of us in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

 

     The name Wonderful was seen in a shadow in Judges with the parents of Samson (Judges 13). An angel who concealed his name as secret did wondrously by ascending in the flame of the fire when Manoah offered unto God. Manoah’s name means rest which is the position from which our preparation for wonders is launched. In the New Covenant at Pentecost, the word of the prophet Zephaniah were fulfilled. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent – Zephaniah 3:9. The powerful truth at Pentecost was that all heard the wondrous works of God in his own language. The Power of the Spirit overruled the restrictions of the dialects of man. As the Psalmist said, This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes!

 

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