MIGHTY GOD & EVERLASTING FATHER

Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:6 & John 10:30

To further identify the child “called wonderful,” Isaiah informs us that He will also be called “The mighty God” and “The everlasting Father.” Here, like Thomas, we are forced to our knees by the Scripture to confess Christ as our Lord and our God (John 20:28).

When it comes to the divinity of Christ, the Bible leaves no room for doubt or debate. In the opening salvo of his divinely inspired gospel, the Apostle John boldly declares: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). To make sure that there would be no misunderstanding about the identity of “the Word,” John adds: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth…For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:14, 17).

In John 10:30, John records our Lord’s declaration: “I and my Father are one.” Then, in John 14:9, John tells us of Christ’s response to Philip’s request to see the Father. One can still hear the sadness in the Savior’s voice when he said to Philip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?”

All one has to do to see God is to look at Jesus. All one has to do to know God is to come to know Jesus. All who believe and acknowledge that Christ is “the mighty God” and “the everlasting Father” have both the Son and the Father (1 John 2:23). However, all who refuse to believe and acknowledge that Christ is “the mighty God” and “the everlasting Father” have neither the Son nor the Father. Instead, they are to be numbered among those pitiful souls who are without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12).

To profess to be a believer in God without faith in Christ is tantamount to professing to be an optimist without faith in the future.