Name above All Names

And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. "
ISAIAH 9:6
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Name above All Names
The kingdom of Christ is beyond grasp, reason, and experience. Here the flesh must be put to death with all its wisdom and judgment, and it must be grasped only by faith. We must believe that Christ's righteousness is ours. . .. Lest we come short in the matter of faith He gives us counsel, that is, the Word, so that we may abide in so wonderful a government of His kingdom. . .. ["God,"] that is, strong, Power. Here it is not the person or nature of this king that is depicted but only His wonderful government of the kingdom. Therefore, He has counsel, He has full power, He can come to the aid of the weary and those spent by trials. . .. He gives the strength to triumph through the Word and the Holy Spirit. . .. This ["Everlasting Father"], then, indicates the work and business of this King, not His person. This name fits no one else. He always increases His reign, He always begets children and rules over them, He always remains the Father, He does not assume the role of tyrant, His children are always His beloved. This is beyond question the most delightful kingdom.

From Lectures on Isaiah (Luther's Works 16:100-101)
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