Isaiah 9:6 "His name shall be called … -Counselor …
Many rulers, including our own, have their counselors. They seek the advice
and expertise of others for direction. But Christ, our ruler, is presented
in this verse as a counselor Himself. His rule and the management of all
things are under His authority. He needs no counsel.
In what manner is Christ the Counselor A. He is part of the secret council
of Heaven. (Zech 6:13) He is, as it were, a member of the cabinet, to which
not even the most favorite angel is admitted. The Father, the Son, the Spirit
alone compose this Triune cabinet.
B. He is the chief Counsel for the earth. (John 1:18, Matt. 11:27) There
are many counselors on the earth and some of them are wicked, as the house
of Ahab was to Ahaziah, which led to his destruction. (2 Chron. 22) But Christ
is the counselor unto salvation; always gracious, always loving.
He is a counselor that is open for business. (John 6:37; 12:46), Whoever
will consult him; is welcome. None is refused His wise counsel.
He is a counselor because of His capacity. (Col. 2:3) There is nothing that
can perplex him. In less than a heartbeat, with a piercing eye, He sees through
all the cases of all mankind.
He is the counselor of the visible church. (Micah 4:9) The church is often
on the brink of ruin, but Christ, as it were, can find the pipe bomb and
can prevent it from destroying the church. He can not only find the problem,
He is the solution.
He is the counselor of the invisible church. (A) The care and government
of each and every one is under His authority. (1 Peter 5:7) He is the great
Shepherd, who feeds and protects His sheep and is the foundation of their
well being. He oversees our stay in this world and brings all His sheep safely
to glory. (B) His counsels are to the believers benefit. (Prov. 3:6, Ps.
32:8, 119:24) He is to be sought as a confidant. The deepest things of our
soul, the dark moments, the hopes, dreams, aspirations; all is to be laid
before His feet.
Let us fall in line with the noble designs of Christ. There are two forces
at work in this world. Satan is carrying on the design of destruction. Those
who fall into his designs, pursuing worldly interest as their chief interest,
are following the design of destruction. The design of Christ is that of
salvation, the advance of your eternal interest. (Matt. 6:33)
We should be watchful of His eternal counsels. Satan is not an unconcerned
spectator or a neutral party when we speak of the eternal counsels of Christ.
(Matt. 12:30) We need to remember to rejoice in the advance of the Kingdom
of God and mourn when dishonor to It is done.
Soli Deo Gloria,