Today, I would like to talk a bit about the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7 because I believe it will help us understand how important it is for us to put faith to work. I believe it is when we begin to understand how the kingdom of God operates and our role in fulfilling God’s mission and purpose in our lives, we will truly begin to work together to see it through.
Now, as we look at the scripture, we will take note the prophecy is made up of two parts, the first has to do with the coming of the Messiah to offer himself as the living sacrifice for the sins of the world. This is a familiar verse of scripture for most of us, one we embrace to our hearts, but living it out seems to have slipped through our hands.
We understand Jesus came and died for our sins, we understand he rose from the grave, and we understand he will be returning to establish his kingdom. But what we do not seem to realize was how these things were and are to be fulfilled. To die for our sins, Jesus had to do something practical, he had to take on human nature to later give up his life on our behalf, but then to complete the work of establishing his kingdom, Jesus gave us this command which is to “Go in all the world and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.
As part of that commission, Jesus said we are to, “Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19. Because in order for us to fulfill the second part of Isaiah’s prophecy, we need to proclaim and make disciples of all nations.
Verse seven of Isaiah said, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,” Isaiah 9:7. But for his government to increase, there must be a proclamation of his kingdom. It will have no end because of the promise we have through Jesus’ proactive life to have offered himself as payment for our rebellion, and because we understand this to be true, we come to Christ that we might inherit his life.
But the mission doesn’t end there, the scripture before Christ came said he was coming to become our sacrifice and indeed Christ did, “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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” He came as promised in fulfillment of the prophecy, but now we have another prophecy we need to fulfill, and that is to increase his government and peace.
Psalms 22:27-28 “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.” And reading Psalms 22:27-28 it is important we understand it is a prophecy we are to fulfill, and because it is in the mind of God to increase his government, he sent us out to proclaim the gospel in all the earth to every creature because this is his will and because we have become is governing body through whom he will complete the final stage of his promise.
This is how his government will increase, as the number of souls won for Christ remembered his name and turn to him as prophesied in the Psalm. So, as we walk about with the brand of Christ in our mouth, let us also remember, we were not saved to become passive or lazy about the proclamation of the gospel, we are called to fulfill the will of God on earth as it is in heaven. Nothing will be done until we begin to do it. Isaiah 9:7 and Matthew 28:19 is ours to fulfill.
Isaiah 9:6-7 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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.