Letter to the Reformers - December 9, 2018

To the Faithful Who Await Our King's Coming,

In the book of Job, we find one of Job’s friends asking questions related to the nature of God as infinite and eternal, and our subsequent beholding of Him and knowing Him as those who are creatures: 

“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea." Job 11:7-9

Concerning this very issue of God’s nature and our beholding of Him, the Puritan, George Swinnock stated, "God’s name declares the incomparable nature of His being.” This is to say that God makes Himself known to His creation, namely to those men and women, made in His own image, through the glorious revelation of His names. We see many of these names in both the Old and New Testaments, and when the name is presented something about God’s nature is revealed. When God revealed Himself to Moses from within the burning bush (Exodus 3), as “I Am” or YHWH, we are brought face to face with the God who is eternal, infinite and covenantally bound to His special people - Israel. The Names of God reveal the very being and substance of God. If we wish then to know of God, we must turn our attention to the names that He has given unto to Himself that we might know, worship and serve Him better.

In an effort to more faithfully present the One who is our Blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, I will take up in the final six sermons (three Sundays) which I have left this year, to focus upon the One who came, obeyed, bled and died for His beloved bride, the Church. I will do this by taking the four names given prophetically in Isaiah 9 of the child who would be born of God and man, the Incarnate One, Jesus Christ. In addition to these four, the name Jesus itself, and then the exalted title given to Jesus upon the throne of heaven and earth that we read in Revelation 19.

Here is the outline/schedule for the remaining Sundays:

December 9

Sunday AM - Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6-7; Isa 28:29; Matthew 13:54
Sunday PM - Mighty God - Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 45:3; Jeremiah 32:18

December 16

Sunday AM - Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 63:16; John 14:18
Sunday PM - Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6-7; Ephesians 2:14; Isaiah 11:6-9

December 23

Sunday AM - You Shall Call Him Jesus - Luke 1:31; Acts 13:23
Sunday PM - Glory to the King of Kings - Revelation 19:16; Philippians 2:9-11

By God’s grace we will become even more familiar with the names and thusly the Person, Jesus Christ, our dear Redeemer and Lord. This will of course not only make us better worshippers, but laborers in the work of the Kingdom because in beholding our Redeemer are we not promised that we will become like Him. In this season of the advent of the earthly ministry of Christ, what better goal is there than to better know, love and become like the only Savior of sinners.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Fowler