6 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 Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
There are few more mysterious (read: confusing) aspects of God than the Trinity, that God is one, and yet in three persons. As mysterious as this idea is, it is always good to reflect on the importance of the Trinity every now and then. It often seems as if this idea has no precedent in the Old Testament, but this is not true, because this verse actually reveals a portion of the mystery of the Trinity.
In this passage, when we first read it, it appears that the verse is only referring to Christ. But in verse 6, if you read the description of this son that will be born, there is a trinitarianism about it: it refers to the Son, to the Counselor, and to the Father, that the whole Trinity is actually working to restore peace and justice.
This serves as a good encouragement for us in two respects. First, it helps us remember that the ministry of Christ is the ministry of the Trinity. Jesus’ death and resurrection restores our relationship to God the Father. The Holy Spirit is given in lieu of Jesus’ presence, to empower and guide us until Christ comes again. All of the Godhead is actively at work in the process of redemption, their ministries and roles reinforcing one another.
In a more personal light, it’s good to remember that God is fully with us. Sometimes we can forget this when we grow loose in our understanding of the Trinity, that we feel like Jesus is with us, but who knows where the Father and the Holy Spirit is in our lives! But this is not what this passage revealed, is it? Instead, the entirety of God is offered and promised to us – God, all of Him, is with us on this journey, and that’s an amazing thing…
1. What is unique and important about the ministry of God the Father in our lives?
2. What is unique and important about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
3. What is unique and important about the ministry of Jesus Christ in our lives?