1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you’ve joined us in this third message in the series of the names of Jesus,
3. and I want to begin by saying that, to a non-believing, secular-minded individual,
4. Christianity appears to be very contradictory;
5. and, in many ways, their perceptions are right.
6. You say, “How come?”
7. Because human logic cannot accept divine premise.
8. Let me give you some examples.
9. The human mind cannot comprehend that God, who created all things,
10. became a man and died on a cross.
11. Human logic would not accept the premise that says that, if you want to save your life, you must lose it.
12. It does not make sense to non-believers’ eyes.
13. Human logic would not accept the premise that says, in order to be glorified, you must humble yourself;
14. or that the high and mighty would wash dirty feet;
15. or the way to success is surrender;
16. or in order to get, you must give;
17. the way to live is to die;
18. or the way to lead is to serve.
19. In fact, many people reject Christianity because of those apparent contradictions;
20. but, to the eyes of faith,
21. these are not contradictions at all.
22. These are God’s logic.
23. These are God’s rules.
24. These are God’s blueprints.
25. These are God’s premises.
26. These are God’s ultimate purpose of mankind’s true happiness.
27. These are God’s way for our true and ultimate fulfillment,
28. and that is why they appear contradictory to man’s way.
29. One passage in the Bible critics point out to as contradiction in the Bible is found in Isaiah 9:6.
30. Let me stop here for a moment and tell you that we are in the midst of a series of messages from Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6;
31. so, if you have a Bible, please turn to Isaiah 9:6.
32. “For unto us a child is born,
33. and to us a Son is given,
34. and the government will be upon his shoulders.
35. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
36. Mighty God,
37. Everlasting Father,
38. Prince of Peace.”
39. In my previous messages, we saw why Jesus Christ is called “Wonderful Counselor” and “Mighty God.”
40. Today, I want to tell you about the most controversial description of the Lord Jesus Christ:
41. Everlasting Father.
42. Critics have said,
43. “How can Jesus be called the "Son" and a "Father," all at the same time?
44. Let me ask you a question.
45. What do we call the founders of a country?
46. Founding Fathers.
47. What do we call city elders or leaders?
48. City Fathers;
49. and where do you think they got this concept?
50. From the Bible.
51. Let me give you some examples.
52. In Genesis 4:20,
53. Jabal was the father of all those who dwell in tents and have cattle.
54. In Genesis, Chapter 4, verse 21,
55. Jabal’s brother, Jubal, was the father of all who played the harp and the flute.
56. In I Chronicles, Chapter 4, verse 14,
57. Joab was the father of all the craftsman;
58. so, the whole concept of referring to a pioneer or a founder or an originator as "father" of what he pioneered, founded or originated --
59. that is all as old as the Book of Genesis.
60. Far from being confused, Isaiah was prophesying seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ,
61. that Jesus will be the Founder of everlasting life.
62. Jesus is going to be the Pioneer of the new revelation;
63. that Jesus is going to be the Founder of the new covenant with God;
64. that Jesus is going to be the Originator of eternal life.
65. Without Him, no one can have eternal life.
66. Isaiah was telling us seven hundred years before Bethlehem,
67. that Jesus is going to be the Revealer of eternal light;
68. that Jesus is going to be the Revealer of eternal love;
69. that Jesus is going to be the Father of a new race of people from every language, every tribe and every nation.
70. Isaiah was not confused about the first two members of the trinity: God the Father and God the Son.
71. He was using a language that was common to his day.
72. I want us to focus on three of the revelations that Isaiah gives us.
74. Jesus is the Revealer of God’s new creation.
76. Jesus is the Revealer of God’s new covenant.
78. Jesus is the Revealer of God’s new clan;
79. so, what is this, God’s new creation?
80. In the Old Testament,
81. the children of Israel knew about God;
82. but they did not know God.
83. A few of them were the exceptions.
84. Abraham was privileged to know God,
85. and he was called “a friend of God.”
86. Moses communed with God like a friend with a friend.
87. David, Daniel, Elijah, Isaiah: they were all privileged to know God;
88. but it was not possible for the whole community to know God.
90. Because there was a veil on their faces.
91. That veil, the Bible said, was lifted when Jesus the Everlasting Father was revealed.
92. The mystery was revealed by Jesus the Everlasting Father.
93. The Apostle, John, said,
94. “No one has seen God at any time.”
95. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, has seen Him.
96. Jesus the Everlasting Father is the One Who revealed the heart of God.
97. Jesus the Everlasting Father is the One Who revealed the hope of His people.
98. Jesus the Everlasting Father revealed the nature and the character of God.
99. Jesus the Everlasting Father revealed the mind of God.
100. Jesus the Everlasting Father is the One Who revealed the way to eternal life.
101. Jesus the Everlasting Father is the only One Who is able to reveal the holiness of God,
102. and the righteousness of God,
103. and the justice of God.
104. Jesus is the only One Who revealed every aspect of sinfulness and wickedness of man.
105. He is the only One Who could reveal the power and the might of God to deal with the sinfulness of man.
106. He is the only One Who could reveal the eternal love of God.
108. Because He experientially and empirically revealed the love of God,
109. when He paid for the wages of the sin of all who believe in Him;
110. and the Bible says:
111. that everyone who will accept this revelation shall be a new creation;
112. and that is why the Bible calls Jesus “the author and the finisher of our faith.”
114. He is called Everlasting Father because He is the Revealer of God’s new covenant.
115. The new covenant, which we call the “New Testament” of the Bible,
116. is contrasted with the Old Testament in the Book of Hebrews.
117. It concludes by saying that the new covenant is far superior.
118. In fact, the Old Testament does not make sense without Christ.
119. The Old Testament is just a shadow,
120. but the New Testament reveals the Person behind the shadow.
121. The Old Testament is the announcement of the coming of the Messiah.
122. The New Testament is the fulfillment and realization of that announcement.
123. The Old Testament is the expectation and hope for the coming Messiah.
124. The New Testament says, in Jesus Christ, the expectation is fulfilled.
125. John said,
126. “The law was given through Moses,
127. but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,”
128. and, because He is the Truth,
129. not that He was searching for the truth,
130. not that He was hoping to find the truth,
131. not that He needed the truth --
132. no. Jesus is the Truth, and the truth is Jesus;
133. and that is why only Jesus can establish God’s new covenant;
134. so, what is that covenant or contract?
135. It’s very simple.
136. Your side of the covenant is to acknowledge that you are a sinner by birth,
137. and a sinner by practice,
138. and that the sentence for that sin is eternal damnation;
139. and that you can never placate yourself from that judgment.
140. Furthermore, you acknowledge that there is only one perfect God-Man,
141. Who paid for your death sentence by dying for you on the cross;
142. then, you turn from your sin,
143. receive God’s gift of forgiveness,
144. and walk with Jesus Christ by faith;
145. and you will be assured of Heaven.
146. You can either sign the covenant or not sign the covenant.
147. You cannot half-sign.
148. You are either in the covenant or out of the covenant.
149. If you have not signed the covenant with Jesus Christ and accepted His gift of eternal life,
150. you can do that today.
151. Jesus is called the “Everlasting Father”
152. because He is the Revealer of God’s new creation,
153. and because He is the Revealer of God’s new covenant.
154. Thirdly, Jesus is called “Everlasting Father” because He is the Revealer of God’s new clan of people.
155. What is that new clan?
156. It’s made up of all who have signed God’s new covenant.
157. It’s made up of all who have accepted God’s redemption.
158. It is made up of all who have accepted the Founder’s conditions.
159. The Bible calls that new clan “the church of Jesus Christ,
160. from every nation, tribe and tongue.”
161. Christians are sometimes misunderstood by the world.
162. Do you know why?
163. Because they have decided to come to God God’s way,
164. not on their own terms;
165. because they have decided to come to God on God’s terms, not according to their own ideas;
166. because they have accepted the declaration of the Everlasting Father Who said that He is the full Truth and the only Truth,
167. and, apart from Him, there can be no full Truth.
168. Those who misunderstand Christians do so because they want to go to God only on their own terms.
169. They have deceived themselves into thinking that God doesn’t care how they come to Him.
170. If that is the case, then God would not have died on a cross;
171. and that is why we must explain that we do not make the rules. God does.
172. We only have just accepted God’s rules;
173. and you will have no hope for eternal life unless and until you do.
174. There may be someone listening today who would say,
175. “I thought that all ways lead to God.
176. I thought that Jesus was just a way.
177. I thought that I can be accepted by God,
178. if I am a good person,
179. and never hurt anybody;
180. but, now, I know that the Everlasting Father Jesus Christ,
181. the Founder and the only Giver of everlasting life,
182. is inviting me to come to Him,
183. on His own terms;
184. and that’s the only way I can come to Him.”
185. If you have come to this realization,
186. you can simply come to Him today
187. and He will accept you,
188. because He promised so.
189. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.