The Seven Spirits of God
“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” Revelation 1:4-5 NIV
Here’s our first challenge in Revelation. Why does the text refer to the “seven spirits before his throne”? Is this referring to the Holy Spirt? Are there seven spirits of God? John is giving a reference to Isaiah 11:2 which says:
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— ” Isaiah 11:2 NIV
Here are the seven spirits indicated in Isaiah 11:2.
1 – The Spirit of the Lord.
2 – The Spirit of wisdom.
3 – The Spirit of understanding.
4 – The Spirit of counsel.
5 – The Spirit of might.
6 – The Spirit of knowledge.
7 – The Spirit of fear of the Lord.
We learn that it is not that there are seven different spirits of God, but rather the sevenfold ministry of the Holy Spirit. John could also be referring of the distinctive ministry of the Holy Spirt in each of the seven churches he writes to in Revelation 2-3.
Reveal Your Spirit to me O Lord. I need more of You… more3 of Your wisdom… more of Your understanding… more of Your counsel… more of Your might… and more of Your knowledge. Lord help me to grow in the fear of the Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.