Summary: You have all the characteristics of God dwelling in you by the Holy Spirit. Are you living like it?
December 9, 2012
Text: Isaiah 9:6-7
Subject: The Coming Messiah
Title: Born Again – Is the Messiah in You?
Last Sunday night I preached from this very passage so for those of you who were here last Sunday evening, you can just kind of kick back in the recliner, put it on cruise control and enjoy the ride… NOT! As I was praying this week about my sermon I really felt led to go in a different direction with this sermon. I’ve been talking about who Jesus is – His characteristics and His nature. Today I want to show you that His very nature is alive in you and that God expects you to be a revelation of His nature to the world.
Our beginning passage is Isaiah 9:6-7. I’m not going to do a study on the whole passage but I want to look at the characteristics of the Messiah that are mentioned and then to relate them to you the church for today.
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.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
I believe this is God's Word…
I believe it is for me…
I accept it as mine…
And I appropriate it to my life today…
I. THE MESSIAH IS A GIFT TO ALL THE WORLD… For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given… The nature of God is to give… The bible tells us that He gave a Son… He gives grace… He gives life… He gives light…He gives endurance and encouragement… He gives us victory… He gives strength… He gives freedom… all those things are mentioned in the New Testament. Wouldn’t you agree with me that God is a giver? But His nature goes beyond what He gives. The bible tells us about the way that God gives. John 3:34, …for God gives the Spirit without limit… How does He give? Without limit!!!!! John 10:10, Jesus came that we might have life and have it how? … More abundantly! James 1:5, If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all… Romans 8:32, He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? So it is one thing to say that God is a giving God, but it is another to say that He gives abundantly, generously, and without limit. To whom are all those gifts given? The source of all those gifts is God, but they come through faith in Christ. John 1:11-13, 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. OK, let’s stop there for just a minute. All of things we have talked about are things that God has given and the way He has given them and outside of the giving of His one and only Son the things that are mentioned are for the church Romans 8:15- 17, 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ… The word translated heirs means, an inheritor or a possessor. What are we supposed to be possessors of? . Romans 8:32, He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? So Isaiah prophesied the coming of the Son of God and because of faith in Him God qualifies us to receive all the gifts that He gave the Son.