Counselor (Isaiah 9: 6)

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Counselor (Isaiah 9: 6). Scripture tells us that God is also our Counselor: 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, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).

The word translated “counselor” is “ya’ats”, and it means to advise, counsult, give counsel, purpose, devise, plan, guide. (Source:

It’s the same word translated “guide” in Psalm 32:8, where God promises: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

In Psalm 16:7, we read, “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.”

Isaiah 28:29 tells us that the Lord is “wonderful in counsel,” and Isaiah 46:10 tell us the counsel (purpose, advice) of the Lord will stand. Jeremiah 32:19 says God is “great in counsel and mighty in work.”

“Counselor” in Scripture applies to every person of the Trinity-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In the verses immediately above, we see God the Father as Counselor. In Isaiah 9:6, we see Jesus as Counselor. And then in the New Testament, we see the Holy Spirit as Counselor.

In John 14: 16-17, when Jesus tells his disciples that he will physically be leaving earth and going to his Father, he promises, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” In the Amplified translation, this verse reads in part, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby)…..”

The word translated “advocate” or “comforter” is “parakletos”, which means both an intercessor as in one who pleads another’s case, as in a legal proceeding and also a helper, assistant, advisor, or counselor. It’s used most often in Scripture of the Holy Spirit, but also of Jesus Himself (1 John 1: 21, where Jesus is called our advocate with the Father).

In John 14: 26, Jesus promises: “But the Comforter (parakletos), which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Similarly, in John 15:26, Jesus says,”But when the Helper (parakletos), comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s presence on earth today-not simply broadly but within everyone who has believed in and confessed Christ as Messiah and Lord.

We have a Counselor Who is always with us Who will instruct us, guide us, and teach us. This Counselor will never contradict the Word of God but rather will testify to it and to the truth of Jesus Christ.

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