Over the next four days we are going to look at the four amazing names given to Jesus by Isaiah in the context of His coming eight hundred years before His birth.
“His name will be called Wonderful Counselor.” There are many people who have gifts in counseling but the greatest counselor of all is Jesus! Secular counselors and therapists, who often charge large fees, may be able to help people on a temporarily but are not able to help people in the area of their spirit or eternal issues. Only Jesus can do that. Psalm 33:10,11 contrasts God’s counsel and the counsel of men. God’s counsel [plans] stands firm forever.
The word “counselor” in Hebrew means to advise, direct, resolve, to plan and to purpose. The New Testament equivalent is the Greek word “parakletos” which derives from another Greek word that means “to come alongside” with the specific purpose of exhorting, admonishing, encouraging, and comforting.
As we surrender our lives totally to Jesus He will lead us, direct us, encourage and comfort us and where necessary admonish us. The word “parakletos” in John 14:16 and 16:7 refers specifically to the Holy Spirit but also to Jesus, and is often translated as “Helper.” Here is an echo of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble.”
Jesus has now left earth and gone back to heaven but says, I am with you always.” How can this be? Before He returned to heaven Jesus comforted His disciples by saying, “I will send you another Counselor (Helper, Comforter).” He was speaking of the Holy Spirit. The key word is “another.” There are two Greek words that can be translated as “another.” The first is “heteros” which means “another but of a different kind.” The second word is “allos” meaning “another but in every respect exactly the same.” It is this latter word that Jesus uses when He says that He will send another Counselor. The Holy Spirit is exactly same in every way to Jesus. He leads us, guides us and lives right inside the child of God. What a privilege to have this Helper who advises us, guides us, teaches us, strengthens us, helps us in our weakness and comforts us living right inside us.
Thank you Father for sending Jesus to be my Saviour and Redeemer. Thank you too that He is my Wonderful Counselor. Thank you that You have sent the Holy Spirit to lead me, comfort me, teach me, to strengthen me in my weakness. I invite you to be my Counselor. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.