KEY = V. 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.”
TODAY’S FOCUS: “Mighty God”
V. 6: ENGLISH: “God” = HEBREW: “êl” = “God”
THE TERM “EL” OCCURS 248 TIMES IN THE HEBREW OLD TESTAMENT
As in English, it is used to refer both to the One True God, Yahweh, and also to refer to any false “god” such as Baal or Asherah.
SO, THEN, WHAT SETS THE GOD OF ISRAEL APART?
V. 6: ENGLISH: “Mighty” = HEBREW: “ghib-bore’” = “strong, powerful, mighty”
FROM ROOT: “gaw-bar‘” = “to surpass, to overcome, to prevail”
I Corinthians 15:20-28
EVER SINCE GENESIS 3, MANKIND HAS BEEN LIVING UNDER BONDAGE TO THREE GREAT ENEMIES: SIN, DEATH, AND HELL!
THAT ALL CHANGED WITH THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR “MIGHTY GOD”, WHO CAME TO DELIVER US!
I. JESUS IS CALLED THE MIGHTY GOD BECAUSE HE ALONE OVERCAME SIN
A. WE RECOGNIZE WHAT SIN HAS DONE TO US!
Romans 3:10-11, Romans 3:23
V. 23: ENGLISH: “sin” = GREEK: “ha-martanó” = “to miss the mark”
FROM COMBO OF: “ha” = “not” and “mer’-os” = “to have a share in”
Romans 6:23, James 1:13-15
B. WE REJOICE IN WHAT JESUS HAS DONE WITH SIN!
I John 3:5b, Hebrews 4:14-15, I John 3:5a, Hebrews 9:28 GWT
II. JESUS IS CALLED THE MIGHTY GOD BECAUSE HE ALONE OVERCAME DEATH
A. WE RECOGNIZE WHAT DEATH HAS DONE TO US!
Hebrews 9:27a NLT
B. WE REJOICE IN WHAT JESUS HAS DONE WITH DEATH!
Revelation 1:17-8a, John 5:24
III. JESUS IS CALLED THE MIGHTY GOD BECAUSE HE ALONE OVERCAME HELL
A. WE RECOGNIZE WHAT HELL HAS DONE TO US!
Hebrews 9:27b NLT
V. 23: ENGLISH: “judgment” = GREEK: “krisis” = (MODERN DERIVATIVE = “crisis”) = “the revealing of a verdict”; most commonly occurring in the negative; hence “condemnation, sentencing”
B. WE REJOICE IN WHAT JESUS HAS DONE WITH HELL!
Matthew 10:28, Revelation 1:17-8, Revelation 20:11-15