The Promised Deliverer
Isaiah 9 V6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government
will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
By Dr Harry. A. Ironside.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given”
In these two expressions we see the human-unity and the deity of our Saviour.
The child born refers to His humanity. He was to come into the world as the
He was a true Man— spirit, soul, and body as born of Mary, but without
a human father.
He was also the eternal Son of the Father who had come from the glory that He
had with the Father from all the past eternity, given in grace for our redemption,
who linked His deity with our humanity apart from its sin, and, thus was God
and Man in one blessed adorable Person.
“and the government will be on his shoulders”
He is destined to exercise supreme rule over all the universe. It has often
been noticed that when the Good Shepherd finds the lost sheep He puts it upon
but here the government of the entire world is said to rest upon His shoulder.
There is surely a beautiful suggestion in this plural in Luke 16 of the security
of those who have put their trust in Him.
“And he will be called Wonderful”
It may be that we should link together the two words Wonderful and Counsellor,
but if we separate them we may see in this first word a suggestion of the mystery
Sonship, which no man can apprehend, as He tells us in Matthew 11:27, and as
we also learn from Revelation 19:12. Under this name Wonderful He appeared of
old to the parents of Samson (Jud. 13:18). Only the Father understands this
mystery of godliness (1 Tim. 3:16). It is beyond human comprehension. Nevertheless,
as we read the divinely inspired records of His lowly birth. His sinless life.
His vicarious death and His glorious resurrection, we find our hearts exclaiming
again and again,
"Is He not wonderful!"
He stands supreme, above all the sons of men, the blessed, adorable Son of God.
His heart touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
His grace manifested in a thousand ways;
His loving kindness reaching down to the utterly lost and depraved.
His name is Wonderful because He Himself is wonderful and also because of the
work which He accomplished.
He is called Counsellor because He comes to us as the Revealer of the Father's
That is what is implied in His divine title, "The Word."
It is by the Word that God makes known His mind; and the Lord Jesus, who was
with the Father from the beginning—that is, when everything that ever
had beginning, began—came into this scene to make God known, and so in
Him the Father has spoken out all
that is in His heart.
His words make known to us the path of life and show us the only safe way for
a pilgrim people to travel through a world of sin.
As the Eternal Word He is the Revealer of the mind and heart of God, come to
earth not only to show us the way to the Father, but also to empower us that
we may walk in a manner well pleasing to the One who has redeemed Us.
Notice that also He is called the "mighty God." Some would seek to
tone this down
in order to make Him less than the words imply, but He is so called in Romans
and in 1 John 5:20.
Even when here on earth He was just as truly God as He was Man, and as truly
Man as He was God. He could not have made atonement for sin otherwise. He had
to be who He was in order to do what He did.
"The everlasting Father."
A better rendering would be the "Father of Eternity," or as some have
suggested, "The Father of the Coming Age."
The Son is not to be confounded with the Father, though He and the Father are
(Jn. 10:30). But He is the One in whom all the ages meet (Heb. 1:2, margin),
therefore, He is rightfully designated, "The Father of the Ages,"
or "The Father of Eternity."
"The Prince of Peace."
As such He was presented to the world and heralded by angels (Lk. 2:14); but
because of His rejection there can be no lasting peace for Israel or the nations
until He comes again. Then He will be manifested as the One who will speak peace
to all people (Isa. 32:1-18). Meantime, having made peace by the blood of His
Cross, all who put their trust in Him have peace with God; and as we learn to
commit all that would naturally trouble or distress to God in prayer, peace
fills our hearts and controls our lives.
In verse 7 we are told that "Of the increase of His government and pence
there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order
it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even
for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
God made a covenant with David that his Son should sit upon his throne and reign
in righteousness forever.
This has not yet been fulfilled. When the forerunner of our Lord was born, his
father, Zacharias, declared that God had raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of His servant David (Lk. 1:69).
These prophetic declarations make clear that David's throne was to be established
ever, and that he should never be without a man to sit upon that throne. Our
Lord, on His mother's side, was from the line of David, as we know, and because
of her marriage to Joseph, who was heir to the throne, the throne-rights passed
to Jesus. But He has never taken His seat upon the throne of David.
This awaits His Second Coming. Even as He declared through His servant, John,
"To him that overcometh will 1 grant to sit with Me in My throne, even
as1 also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne" (Rev.
He is sitting now at the right hand of the Majesty on high, on the throne of
Soon He will return in glory and will take His own throne, which is really the
throne of David, and will reign in righteousness over all the earth.
By Dr Harry. A. Ironside.
Used by Permission - COUNSEL Magazine. November—December 2002