The Seven Spirits Of God

Q. Would you kindly elaborate further on the meaning of Revelation 4:5 KJV. Who are the seven Spirits of God and what do they represent?

A. The seven Spirits of God, aka Sevenfold Spirit of God, is an Old Testament idiom for the Holy Spirit. It’s found in Isaiah 11 :2-3
“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.” It’s not totally clear from the translation, but the 7th spirit is the delight in the fear of the Lord.

Lots of people start out fearing (or respecting) the Lord. But in these days of easy grace they develop a sense of familiarity that has caused some to lose the desire to fear him, as if doing so would be some kind of Old Testament legalism.

They think nothing of arriving late or otherwise disrupting our worship. They come to Church dressed as if they’re going to a singles’ club or health spa instead of God’s throne room. Instead of deferring to Him, they call attention to themselves through the inappropriate manifestation of their gifts. They are slow to show their gratitude to Him when things are good and quick to blame Him when they’re not. They treat God as if He’s some kind of cosmic errand boy who exists to do their bidding, instead of them existing to do His. All in the name of Grace.

It’s the loss of this seventh spirit that caused Solomon’s downfall and makes our Spiritual life incomplete. We would all do well to rekindle our desire to show more respect for Him in all we do.

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