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One, the wonder of heaven, God dwelling personally in the Man Christ Jesus. It was once proposed, and it was a question indeed, such as angels and saints could never have answered, without God's own revelation of it to them, what the nature, perfections, personalities, and name of God's Son were? It was put in these words, "Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath hound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?" Prov. xxx. 4. None can tell the infinity, the eternity, the perfection, the blessedness of the divine nature; none can find out the mode of existence in the essence existing: none can comprehend how the essential Three receive their personal subsistence in the Godhead. The scripture contains a revelation of it; our prophet returns an answer to if, the name of the Son of the Father in truth and love is Wonderful. When he appeared to the patriarch Jacob, who requested to know his name, he replied, that it could not be expressed fully, but he did not reprove Jacob for his enquiry, as he suggested it would be one day more fully known: this I take to be the meaning of these words of the God-man to him, " Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? and he blessed him there," Gen. lii. 29. The learned Ainsworth says, in the greek it is, ' my name is marvellous.''
When the Lord Jesus, the Angel Jehovah, appeared to Manoah and his wife, and he wanted, as Jacob did, to know his name, the reply was, why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? In the margin it is wonderful, Judges xiii. 18. which is the very name the prophet gives the incarnate Saviour here. His person is truly wonderful: he is God essentially, he is man truly; God and man united in one person; the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person; the Lord of glory; the temple of the Deity; the fountain of glory; the Sun of everlasting light and life; who hath by inheritance, as God-man, obtained a more excellent name than all the angels in heaven, even that of Son of God. His love is wonderful in the outgoings of it before all worlds; in his covenant engagements: his goings forth therein on the behalf of his people, were of old from everlasting. His incarnation was a wonderful and mysterious act: his life of obedience, his death of suffering, and expiation, were truly wonderful: his manifestations of love and mere)' to his church and people, will entitle him the wonderful one. Let believers but spiritually contemplate this, and he will be wonderful in their view, high in their hearts; they will prize and value him above all on earth, beyond all in heaven. O that Jehovah, the Spirit, may set his seal to these truths on your hearts.
"His name shall be called Wonderful.'* He is truly so: also his name is Counsellor. He is the angel of the great council; one of the parties, in it, with whom the Father entered into council and covenant concerning the salvation of the chosen ones, on whom he laid his help, and in whom he trusted all his people, and his manifestative glory. He is the Counsellor of his church; and he well may, seeing he is as Godman, Mediator, the power of God, and the wis dom of God. He gives us in his word the best advice, and most wholesome instruction. We never fail in any matter when we consult him; we honour him in so doing; and his word suits our every case and circumstance. He is free of access, and our spiritual life and happiness is promoted by our free access to him, and receiving the word from his mouth. Holy Ghost help us so to do! . .
His name is also the Mighty, or Almighty God; which is expressive of his eternal Godhead, greatness, and majesty: there is nothiug too hard for him to accomplish. His life was the life of God incarnate: his righteousness of Jehovah the Son, dwelling personally in our nature: his blood the blood of God, of him who was essentially God; who was in distinction of personality, the only begotten Son of the Father, and who having assumed our nature into personal union with himself, stamped the actions and sufferings performed in that humanity, with Godlike dignity, and everlasting efficacy; so that his blood cleanseth from all sin. Our Jesus proclaims himself to be mighty to save, Isaiah lxiii. 1. and the Almighty, Rev. i. 8. O Lord the Spirit, do thou help us to believe him to be God over all blessed for ever, Amen; and to trust in him as such.
His name is also, the Everlasting Father, or the Father of eternity, or of the ages to come. He stood in relation to his church and people from everlasting; he was their everlasting Father, and they wpre his children. His love to them is immutable and everlasting; his mercy towards them is from everlasting to everlasting: there is in his fulness an everlasting treasury of grace and glory for them. He will take everlasting care of them, and remember them with everlasting kindness: he will be their everlasting light, and their everlasting glory. O thou Spirit Jehovah, take of these things of Christ, and shew them unto us.
He is also named the Prince of Peace. He came from heaven to be the peace-maker: he obtained it by the blood of his cross; he publishes it in the everlasting gospel; he bestows it on his people. He is seated on the right hand of the majesty on high, as the Prince of Peace; he liveth after the power of an endless life, t<* continue it to his church and people. Holy Gho'sl! thou art the peace bringer, do thou most sweetly give us to enjoy it in our hearts.
How all-sufficient must our Surety be, for every part of his work and office, seeing his "name is. Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." The perfection of his work exceeds our utmost conceptions. He is almighty; we cannot fail or perish, if we rely on him. He is all-sufficient; we can have no want, but he is able to supply it, and will do so, he being able to do for us, and to work in us, above all we think or ask.
These great and glorious names here given to Jesus Christ, are to shew us, how able he was to perform his mediatory work; and we may well trust in him, seeing he hath made an end of sins, redeemed us from the curse of the law, brought in everlasting righteousness, and made peace by the blood of his cross. And he is our peace.
I come, fourthly, to shew, that his throne and kingdom is not of this world, but is in his church, and is set up in the hearts of his people; it is a delegated one; of the increase and peace of it there shall be no end. "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