Isaiah 9:6 says: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Some believe that this verse is teaching that Christ is God the Father. If this is so, how can he be the Son? And if he is both Father and Son, how can there be a trinity, for a trinity is composed of three. This verse certainly does not support a Trinity doctrine. And, as we compare Scripture with Scripture, we can be sure that neither does it support the “Jesus only” doctrine.
It says “a son is given”.
Jesus is referred to as the Father, not the Father of himself, but the Father of the children which his Father has given him.
In Hebrews 2:13, Paul quoted from Isaiah 8:18 and applied it to Christ. Here Christ says, “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me.”
This is quoted also in Isaiah. Just before Isaiah 9:6 it talks about how Jesus “shall be called…everlasting father”.
Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me
So the father gave Jesus children. Jesus was a father in the same sense that Adam is a father. Father of the human race.
Notice in another quote from Isaiah that he talks about Eliakim having the government put on his shoulders and being called “father”. A type of the Messiah Jesus Christ.
Isa 22:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
Isa 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
Isa 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
Jesus is not the father. And neither is Eliakim. When speaking about his father dwelling in him. Jesus in John 14 said “I speak not of myself”(John 14:10).
Regarding the term “everlasting”, you will be everlasting to should you prevail. In Proverbs 8:22 the bible says “he was setup from everlasting” in Micah 5:2 it says “his goings forth are from everlasting”. The term “goings forth” can be translated “origins”. So in other words “his origins are from everlasting”. You’ll see it translated that way in many translations.
Many Trinitarians have said that the word everlasting in Isaiah 9:6 means that Christ always was and that he never had a beginning. However, when the term “everlasting life” is applied to us they all admit that it simply means that we will live forever in the future, not that we have always been in existence. “his name shall be called…everlasting..”
Notice also that Isaiah 9:6 says that “his name shall be called… The mighty God.” Some use this phrase to mean that Christ is the supreme God. This might be a good argument if the verse had referred to Christ as the Almighty God, and also if God had not said “ye are gods(elohim)”(Psalms 82:6, John 10:35) but it uses the term mighty God and it refers to the nature the son has by inheritance as the only begotten son, born in the express image of his father.(Heb 1:1-9)
In the Bible we read of mighty men, but never of Almighty men. It is certainly appropriate to refer to the Son as mighty, for he is powerful as all power is given to him in heaven and earth.(Matt 28:18, Phi 2:8-10)It is also appropriate to refer to him as God when referring to what he was and his form and substance in which he had before he was made flesh. However not in regards to who he is. Christ is the Son of God and our “Lord”.
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore the terms “everlasting Father” and “The mighty God” can rightly apply to the Son.
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