Names of Jesus: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace
This week we are diving in and dissecting a very detailed name for Jesus. He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. Understanding each element of this powerful name is important for each of us, and understanding the intricacies of this lengthy name can give us a greater understanding of our Lord and Savior that can make a lasting impact in our faith and lives. What does each part of this incredible name of Jesus mean, and how can it make a difference in our faith and lives?
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 CSB
A child will be born
Before exploring the name itself, we must first explore the preceding statements. The prophet Isaiah wrote by divine influence of God’s Holy Spirit about the coming of God’s Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He tells us that a child will be born, that a virgin will conceive, and that His name will be Immanuel, God with Us. We learn in the gospels that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah, born of the line of David, and from Nazareth. The child that was prophesied was the coming birth of Jesus Christ.
14 Therefore, the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: See, the virgin will conceive,[b] have a son, and name him Immanuel.[c]Isaiah 7:14 CSB
11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.Luke 2:11 CSB
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”John 1:45 CSB
Seeing the prophecies of the coming of Jesus throughout the Old Testament, and then being able to see the fulfillment of those prophecies through the coming of Jesus Christ in the New Testament is incredible. This is a beautiful reminder that our God is a promise keeper, that He has a plan for everything, and that no matter how long, in what ways, through whom, God’s plan will come to fruition.
A Son will be given to us
Not only do we find encouragement in the promise-making and promise-keeping of our God, but we also find encouragement that the child sent to us was none other than His Only Begotten Son. God sent His own Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. He came to earth, lived a sinless life, and carried the full weight of mankind’s sins on the cross so that those who would believe and have faith in Him would receive forgiveness for their sins and be made right with God.
7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger,[a] because there was no guest room available for them.Luke 2:7 CSB
16 For God loved the world in this way:[a] He gave[b] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16-17 CSB
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
9 God’s love was revealed among us[a] in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him.1 John 4:9 CSB
Knowing that God kept His promise by sending His very own Son to save us shows His great love, grace, and mercy in action. It is undeniable the love God has for us that He chose to fulfill His plan through the life and horrific bloody death of His Beloved Son, the Image of Himself. He did all of this so that we could be in a relationship with God, and be made holy through His Spirit if only we will have faith in His only Son.
The government will be on His shoulders
Through the works which Jesus accomplished through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ has all authority in Heaven and on Earth. He was the means as well as the purpose for which all of creation was made, and He has the superiority to lead, judge, and save creation.
18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.Matthew 28:18 CSB
25 For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet.1 Corinthians 15:25 CS
5 She gave birth to a Son, a male who is going to rule[a] all nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and to his throne.Revelation 12:5 CSB
We are called to be subject to the authority of Christ, placing Him on the throne of our lives and our hearts, seeking Him, striving to learn and live by His example, and becoming more like Him all the time. All we do should be done for His glory and honor, and in gratitude to Him for the incredible sacrifice He made on our own behalf. He should be the King of our lives, the Alpha and the Omega, our Lord of All.
More from this study series:
- Names of Jesus: Beloved Son of God
- Names of Jesus: Son of the Most High
- Names of Jesus: Lord of All
- Names of Jesus: Only Begotten Son of God
- Names of Jesus: Image of the Invisible God
- Names of Jesus: I Am
- Names of Jesus: Alpha and Omega
- Names of Jesus: Almighty
- Names of Jesus: King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Names of Jesus: Judge
- Names of Jesus: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace
Jesus is our extraordinary and ideal ruler and advisor whose wonders and wisdom are beyond our understanding. He is the one whose advice we should always seek and always follow. He is the Word and gives us His Word so that we can learn His counsel. Through scripture, Jesus counsels and guides us in all of life’s circumstances. His ways will always be higher than our own, and beyond our own understanding. We should each accept Him as our Savior in faith, repent of our sins and surrender ourselves to be made new in Him, and then seek His counsel throughout His Word and apply what we learn to our lives as we learn it.
- Wonderful – H6382 – pele’
- Extraordinary, hard to be understood, marvel of Messianic king
- Counselor – H3289 – yāʿaṣ
- Advice and counsel of the ideal ruler
29 This also comes from the Lord of Armies.Isaiah 28:29 CSB
He gives wondrous advice;
he gives great wisdom.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
11 In him we have also received an inheritance,[a] because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will,
12 so that we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory.
13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed.Ephesians 1:11-14 CSB
14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.Job 37:5 ESV
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!Romans 11:33 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
22 But if they had stood in my council,
then they would have proclaimed my words to my people,
and they would have turned them from their evil way,
and from the evil of their deeds.Jeremiah 23:22 ESV
Jesus is again identified with and as God Himself. He is the mightiest, the Messiah, God Himself, majestic and divine. He is omnipotent, Almighty, the Alpha and Omega, our Judge, the Beloved and Only Begotten Son of God, and the Image of the Invisible God. He is all-powerful and all-magnificent.
- Mighty – H1368 – gibôr
- One who magnifies Himself
- Mightiest among beasts, the Messiah
- God – H410 – ‘ēl
- God, Mighty One, divine majesty
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation[a] for all people,Titus 2:11-13 CSB
12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
13 while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
By His power, He resisted temptation, carried the entire weight of every sin of every person to the cross and into the grave, defeated the power of sin and death, rose again, and ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. He is the only one with this power, the only one with the power to judge and to forgive, to impart mercy and grace, as well as justice and punishment.
29 Three things are stately in their stride;Proverbs 30:29-31 CSB
four are stately in their walk:
30 a lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and doesn’t retreat before anything;
31 a strutting rooster;[a] a goat;
and a king at the head of his army.[b]
We can find comfort and hope in Jesus as Mighty God because it is by His might that we, too, can find victory over our sins, be saved from the penalty of our sins, and receive the promise of eternity with Him, the source of all that is good and wonderful. We are weak even in our greatest strength, and we will always lack what we need on our own, but by His strength, we can do anything, and by His power, we can find peace.
13 I am able to do all things through him[a] who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13 CSB
This part of Jesus’ name speaks prophetically of the Messiah as God the Father. This is another name God uses for Himself and was used to prophesy the Messiah being God and not merely just a mighty man. God is eternal, therefore Jesus is eternal. Jesus was with God during creation, and all that was created was made through, by, and for Jesus. He is omnipresent, outside of time, completely eternal, and forever existing.
- Eternal – H5703 – ʿaḏ
- Perpetual, forever, continuing forever
- Father – H1 – ‘āḇ
- Benevolent protector, Messianic king, everlasting father
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.John 1:1 ESV
5 Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with that glory I had with you before the world existed.John 17:5 CSB
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.Hebrews 13:8 CSB
16 For by[a] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.Colossians 1:16 ESV
9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,Colossians 2:9-10 ESV
10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Jesus Christ died to save all of mankind from all past, present, and future sin if they choose to believe and have faith in Him as their personal Savior. He is not surprised. He is working all things, in all of time, together for His divine plan and purposes. He knows everything you have done and will do, and died to save you because He knows every detail and that you could never pay the penalty yourself. So, out of love for you, He humbled Himself and gave His own life in order to give you the free gift of salvation to restore you to God through His blood.
Prince of Peace
Jesus as the Prince of Peace is incredible and important for all believers. He is not only our ideal ruler and source of wisdom and guidance but is also our divine leader of war, bringing peace in and from war. This is vital as we learn about spiritual warfare. There is a very real spiritual war raging around us at all times, and Jesus is our General, bringing peace to His people in the midst of war. This peace helps us to persevere and remain steadfast in times of trouble.
- Prince – H8269 – śar
- Messiah as a military captain or general
- Peace – H7965 – šālôm
- Peace from war, of the Messiah
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength.Ephesians 6:10-18 CSB
11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.
13 For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.
14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
16 In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God.
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”John 16:33 CSB
Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior means that you now have Jesus, the Prince of Peace, with you and that His power is within you to help you fight your own battles. His strength gives you strength. His peace gives you peace. His armor gives you protection. When we focus on Christ, trust in Him as our Prince of Peace, and let Him fight our battles, we will find true peace in and through Him alone. He is the only source of true peace which our souls hunger and thirst for.
3 You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.Isaiah 26:3 ESV
27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.John 14:27 CSB
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.Colossians 3:15 ESV
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.Psalm 4:8 ESV
And you were dead in your trespasses and sinsEphesians 2:1-10 CSB
2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient.[a]
3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us,[b]
5 made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
6 He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—
9 not from works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Have you accepted the grace of God?
If you have not accepted the grace of God and chosen to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to pray to God now and invite Him in, accept Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins, and repent of your sins. Submit it all to God, lay it at His feet, seek the forgiveness of God, welcome Him into your life, and believe that Jesus died and rose again to save you from your sins.
If you would like to learn more about salvation, you can find a couple of studies that may help here:
- Names of Jesus: Savior
- Don’t Neglect Your Salvation
- Prayer of Salvation
- What is grace and why do we need it?
- What does it mean to be justified by grace?
- Don’t Reject God’s Grace
- Don’t Reject Christ
- Godly Women – what it means to live a godly life
- Redeemed Women – what it means to be redeemed
- What is Biblical Love?
- What are Spiritual Gifts?
- How to live in Spirit and Truth
- How to test what is pleasing to God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of Man
- Names of Jesus as the Truth
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