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The 7 Spirits of God

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by Zachm531, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Zachm531

    Zachm531 New Member

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    “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    So what are the 7 Spirits of God? We actually find the answer in the book of Isaiah:
    “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And 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;”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭11:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬


    We as Trinitarians believe that the Holy Spirit is God. My questions are:
    -why is “the Spirit of the Lord” mentioned along with 6 other spirits in Isaiah?
    -Is the Holy Spirit different from “the Spirit of the Lord”?
    -How do we reconcile these 7 spirits, when we recognize only one of the 7?

    Please include scripture to back your opinions.
     
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  2. tturt

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    The first person mentioned in Holy Scripture to be given the Spirit of God was named Bezaleel. He was responsible for building the tabernacle and everything in it under Moses' administration. So he carried out the instructions given to Moses by Yahweh. "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship." "...they may make all that I have commanded thee;" (there's counsel, guidance, might and the fear of The Lord - so there's the 7 Spirits of God) These men were highly skilled but recognized they were doing their work as before The Lord Exo 31.

    There are several verses that state "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Prov 1:7 and "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:..." Psa 111:10

    Today the fear of The Lord means we honor and revere Yahweh to the extent that we chose what's in God's Word over what others think and need to correct what we think to be line with His Word. The fear of man contrast with having the fear of The Lord. Saul had the fear of man and it caused God to lift His hand from him - rejected him as king.. I Sam 13 and 15.

    The Spirit of wisdom is in Scripture 4x. 3 x were - those filled with the Spirit of wisdom and all were wise hearted making Aaron's garments, and Joshua, Plus available to us - "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:" Eph 1:17

    God's guidance and counsel - available to us because we believe in Jesus Christ."Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory." PSA 73:24; Pro 2:6-11

    The Spirit of might is God's force and strength not ours Zech was there to rebuild the temple but the vision made it plain to him that he would accomplish that work by the Spirit of God. 4:6 "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might,, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." HE promises to strengthen us too (Isa 41:10).

    The Spirit of the Father (Matt 10:20), The Holy Spirit (John 14:17; 16:13) is working within us if we allow Him. As believers in Christ, when we have the fear of The Lord, He'll give us His wisdom, His understanding, knowledge, counsel and might.
     
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  3. Carl Emerson

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    The way I read it the Holy Spirit has seven aspects equating to seven spirits.

    Jeremiah refers to the spirit of the 'fear of the Lord' in Jer 32: 40 and 41 as the means of sealing salvation in the new covenant. So the Isaiah 11 anointing on Christ had all these aspects and we receive these at re-birth.
     
  4. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    They are both the same ... the Holy Spirit.

    The verse is describing what the Holy Spirit is ... that is ... describing the character (nature) of the one God. Characteristics that make up His one Holy Spirit.

    Character - The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual (one) ... (in this case God)
    the distinctive nature of something (in this case God)
    they are not individual spirits ... they are all describing the Holy Spirt of the one God our Lord.

    Then ... we have the fruit of the spirit (the one Holy Spirit) and the fruits describes some of the "actions/behaviors" that will be seen by His one Holy Spirit working through believers.

    Galatians 5:22-23

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control ,,,

    The only Spirit that is ever associated with God/the Lord is the one Holy Spirit.
     
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