The seven spirits of God 858 word
By Robert Schaetzle
In my daily reading of the Word earlier in December from Revelation 4:5b shares, ‘Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.’
In good biblical hermeneutics, that is the theory of understanding and study of interpretation, I want to be careful not to intellectualize my thoughts and interpret this into some modern philosophy, but reach a depth of understanding into where I am today that I may bring increase for the tomorrows before me and know the power of His presence. Hopefully this short essay might bring the same increase for others.
Spirits is spelled with an upper case ‘S’ to be recognized and represented from the seven lamps the fullness of the seven fold character of the Holy Spirit.
In cross referencing this it took me back to Isaiah 11. Verses 1-3 it shares, ‘There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.’[underline my emphasis]
From Strong’s Concordance, seven Spirits we recognize seven is completeness of the divine Spirit. His perfect, complete, and universal energy, a very unique role of the Holy Spirit in executing judgment.
In Examining the sevenfold or seven individual representations of God’s Holy Spirit and looking at them individually we can find:
1] wisdom- from Proverbs 4:7 ‘wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.’ Another perspective is to have first importance, paramount above all else. Proverbs 15:33, The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor.’
Learning surrender for any truly becomes a lesson in humility. John the Baptist said it so well when he said, “I must decrease in order for Him to increase.” One can only wonder when our Lord asked John to baptize him, what must have been going through John’s mind at that moment.
2] Understanding- The portion of Proverbs 4:7, ‘And in all your getting, get understanding. In Psalm 49:3, ‘My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.’
For sure, understanding is more than acknowledgement, but gaining an intimacy of the word. In so doing I am gaining intimacy ‘In Jesus’. ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’[John 1:14]
3] Counsel- Proverbs 11:14, ‘Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.’
A great encouragement in time of need. How many times have we been there, when either we go to others, or others have come to us for greater discernment over the matter?
4] Might- Ephesians 6:10, ‘Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.’ The power of His might can be translated in “His Strength” as we can not succeed on our own resources, in ourselves. We do well to treasure and often quote Isaiah 41:10 ‘Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.’
5] Knowledge- Proverbs1:7a, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…Proverbs 10:14a Wise people store up knowledge…
Consider if you will, the empty talk of a fool verses the reply of one filled with knowledge of the Holy One. True wisdom depends upon knowledge of God and, submission to His will.
6] Fear- There are more references in my concordance with regard to fear and/or fear of the Lord [after references to ‘The Father’] than anything else.
Proverbs 14:27, The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 15:33a, The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom…Psalm 147:11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.
To me what’s so special is that when my fear is for awe, affection, and honor to Him, then ‘fear and in trepidation of His judgment become non-existent.
7] Delight- I share delight because this sums up the fullness of what the Holy Spirit will bring when we learn surrender to obey Spiritual promptings.
When we read of the living creatures from Rev 4:9 giving glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne our delight will seem to be the only proper expression coming from the Spirit to reflect His light.
Psalm 37:4, Delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 16:3, As for the saints who are on the earth, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
For us who believe, all this lies with a Babe in a manger. What a Precious Gift we have received to share with others.