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Sermon #5065

A Child is Born

A Sermon on Isaiah 9:6


Isaiah 9:6 ESV KJV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (ESV)

Sermon Description

The Christian sometimes doubts or forgets their experiences of God. In this sermon on Isaiah 9:6 titled “A Child is Born,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that the reason for this doubting is because experiences are not meant to last. Instead of this, Christians must truly know the character of Jesus Christ. If they do this, they will never doubt their standing before God. Isaiah 9:6 teaches the true character of Christ. Isaiah describes Jesus as Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father. Dr. Lloyd-Jones unfolds these attributes to show what one must truly believe and place their hope in. Jesus washes away sin because humanity is unable for itself. Christ is available to counsel His people in every moment of need; He is the author of eternal life. If one doubts the goodness, reality, or importance of their Savior, reflect on the true character of Jesus Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. His name shall be called wonderful
  2. He is wonderful in his person. His incarnation is a mystery that we can only adore.
  3. His works are wonderful. His miracles filled people with wonder and amazement.
  4. His death on the cross is the most wonderful thing of all.

  5. Counselor

  6. He is a counselor for us. God the Father does not need a counselor, but we do.
  7. He is our authoritative teacher. In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
  8. He is the head of the church. All wisdom and direction comes from him.
  9. He is the counselor of individuals. He is always there to guide us.

  10. Mighty God

  11. Although he became truly human, he did not cease to be God. He is the mighty God.
  12. He conquered all his enemies, including the devil, and triumphed where all others failed.
  13. He is on our side in our battle against sin and the devil. In him we can do all things.
  14. Nothing is impossible for the mighty God. Whatever problems we face, we can turn to him.

  15. Everlasting Father

  16. This does not mean he is the Father, but the father or author of eternity and everlasting life.
  17. He is the giver of eternal life. He came to give abundant life that never ends.
  18. He guarantees that the life he gives will never fail or end. It continues for endless ages.
  19. He will sustain us and continue his work in us until we are perfected.

  20. Prince of Peace

  21. He came to bring peace - between God and man, between men, and within men.
  22. Although the world is filled with strife, he is working to restore peace. We look forward to a new heaven and earth where peace reigns.
  23. He is the author and guarantor of peace. He will destroy all his enemies and bring everlasting peace.

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.