In December, Pastor Greg will walk us through a prophecy, written by Isaiah, 700 years before Jesus’ birth. In it, Isaiah reveals four descriptive names or titles for the Messiah. Pastor G unpacks each name, one week at a time. This week is WEEK TWO: Mighty God!
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them…For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us, and the government will rest on His shoulders. And He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:2,6
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1
λόγος (Logos) ~ Word, Divine Utterance. The essence of wisdom, reason, revelation and divine power.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. ~ John 1:1-3
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. ~ Romans 1:20
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and [tabernacled] among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:9-14
IN WHAT WAYS IS OUR GOD MIGHTY?
1) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS OMNISCIENT!
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all. ~ Psalm 139:1-4
2) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS OMNIPRESENT!
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. ~ Psalm 139:7-10
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the whole earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. ~ 2 Chronicles 16:9
3) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS OMNIPOTENT!
Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You… ~ Jeremiah 32:17
4) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS OMNIBENEVOLENT!
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.
~ Jeremiah 29:11-14a
… I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. ~ Jeremiah 31:3b
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
THREE WAYS OUR MIGHTY GOD IS AT WORK
1) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS AT WORK IN YOU!
…for it is God who is at work IN YOU, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:1
2) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS AT WORK FOR YOU!
He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
~ Isaiah 40:29-31
3) OUR MIGHTY GOD IS AT WORK THROUGH YOU!
…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,and even to the remotest part of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8
…and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. ~ John 1:9-13