The Seven Spirits of
By George Kirkpatrick
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The All-wise Solomon wrote:
"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2
God has concealed or hidden many mysteries in His Word, and it is the honor of kings to search out these hidden truths. When Jesus gave John the revelation of Himself on the Isle of Patmos, He related there were seven Spirits before His throne:
"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;" Revelation 1:4
For generations those who teach from the book of Revelation have taught these are the seven Spirits spoken of by Isaiah the prophet:
"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;
And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears:" Isaiah 11:1-3
With a deeper search, it becomes clear to the diligent searcher these were the spirits that rested upon the branch that grew out of the stem of Jesse. David was the rod that came out of the stem of Jesse, and Jesus was the branch that grew out of his roots. This is revealed in the very first verse in the New Testament:
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
Jesus was the son of David, or the branch, out of the stem of Jesse. The seven Spirits Isaiah revealed were the Spirits that rested on Jesus. So who are the seven Spirits Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos who were before the throne of God?
"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." Revelation 4:5
There were lightnings and thunderings and voices. Lightning is the symbol of the glory and power of God. Thunder is the symbol of God speaking blessings, cursings, or judgments. The voices means God is speaking to the earth.
There were seven lamps of fire. Fire represents light, and light represents understanding. These seven lamps are the seven candlesticks. The candlestick is the symbol of the church. So God is going to give light or understanding to His church concerning His blessings, His cursings, and His judgments to those who will search out His truths in His Word. These seven lamps of fire are the seven Spirits of God. Jesus continues to reveal to John:
"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
The Lamb slain was Jesus Christ. The Lamb has seven horns and seven eyes. Seven is God's number of perfection. Horns represent power and eyes represent insight or foresight. So the Lamb was all powerful and had the insight and foresight of what was coming upon the earth. As such, He sent these seven Spirits into all the earth to minister to those who are His heirs of salvation.
What are these seven Spirits to reveal to God's people? First, they will reveal the power they possess because they have His name - - - and secondly, they will reveal the things God is going to bring on the earth - - - His blessings to those who deserve blessings - - - His cursings on those who are cursed - - - and judgments upon those who have rejected His name and His purpose in their lives.
God is sending forth these seven ministering Spirits to minister to the true church. What is meant by the true church? These are those who are sold out to God, who have ceased from their own labors, and have entered into His rest and follow the Lamb where ever He goes. Paul speaks of these Spirits in his letter to the Hebrews:
"But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Are they not all ministering Spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Hebrews 1:13-14
God has sent His ministering Spirits into the earth to minister to the true church, the heirs of salvation. Paul further writes to the Hebrews:
"For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. . ." Hebrews 4:12a
The Word of God is a two edged sword. One part of the sword cuts through the Word to reveal it to the soulish part of man - - - or a fleshly understanding of the Word. The other side of the sword cuts through the Word to reveal the Spiritual understanding God intends His people to operate their lives by. When one reads the Old Testament, most only see the fleshly side of the sword. These only see the Old Testament as a history book containing ancient stories. But once we cut through our soulish understanding, God will reveal many beautiful things concerning His Kingdom in the Old Testament. This is true when we read the book of Zechariah. Zechariah reveals the seven Spirits of God:
"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.
Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and He shall bring forth the Headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Moreover the Word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent Me unto you.
For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth." Zechariah 4:6-10
Zechariah was speaking to the soulish man about the rebuilding of Solomon's temple. But through the Spiritual side of the sword of truth, we discover He is also speaking about those who are building God's temple in their earth - - - not a physical, fleshly temple - - - but a Spiritual temple in the earth - - - our earth (our body). This is when we become His holy temple. And the Holy Spirit will inhabit this temple for all eternity. This temple will not be built by the power or might of our physical labor. This temple will be built by His Spirit in a people called Zerubbabel. The name Zerubbabel means "those who have been released from their religious confusion." These will bring forth the Headstone with shouting.
Every writer of the four Gospels spoke about this headstone which is the head of the corner. Paul spoke of it, as did Peter. It was the stone the builders rejected. Luke states:
"And He beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?" Luke 20:17
The Headstone the builders rejected is the Holy Spirit. The builders are those who have built their works in the flesh. Their work is built on sand, not the solid rock. When these fleshly works are tried by the fire of judgment, they will prove to be wood, hay, and stubble.
The Headstone is not the Cornerstone. The Headstone is the stone above the Cornerstone. The Cornerstone is Jesus Christ. The stone above, or the Headstone, is the risen, glorified Christ, Christ Jesus our Lord. [see "Christ Jesus" by George Kirkpatrick].
As Zechariah revealed, those who have been called out of their religious confusion have laid the foundation of the temple made of living stones, and their hands will finish the temple. Then Zechariah revealed:
"For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth." Zechariah 4:10
Zechariah speaks of those seven. Who are those seven? They are the eyes of the Lord which run to and fro through the whole earth. These are the seven Spirits of God Jesus revealed to John in Revelation 5:6. These seven Spirits are searching for the heirs of salvation, so they can minister to them.
So now we need to diligently search the Scriptures to discover these seven Spirits of God. The first of these ministering Spirits is the Spirit of wisdom. James informs us:
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5
Wisdom is a Spiritual gift. If we are to receive wisdom, we need to seek God who gives to all men liberally. The word liberally means "openly and sincerely." The first mention of the Spirit of wisdom is in the book of Exodus:
"And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the Spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office." Exodus 28:3
When Moses was building the tabernacle in the wilderness, he was only to use those who were filled with the Spirit of wisdom. These were used to not only construct the tabernacle, but to make the holy vessels and all the priestly garments. The next person who was given the Spirit of wisdom was Joshua:
"And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the Spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses." Deuteronomy 34:9
Moses could not lead the children of Israel into their promise land because He was the lawgiver - - - and no man can enter into the Kingdom by the law. God chose Joshua to complete their journey into their promise land. Joshua's name means "God is Salvation." Only by the Spirit of wisdom can man complete God's plan of salvation in their life and enter into their promise land, the Kingdom of God.
The Apostle James informs us of the kind of wisdom we need so we can complete God's plan of salvation in our lives:
"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." James 3:15-17
James speaks of the soulish wisdom that is not from above. This wisdom produces confusion and every evil work. This is the wisdom that has separated the church system. This sensual wisdom fuels the religious confusion that has plagued the organized church.
But the wisdom from above, or the Spirit of wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated (obeyed), full of mercy and good fruits, and without hypocrisy (play acting, seeming to be something you are not, confessing something with your mouth you are not living in your life). This is why there is no blessing for those who call themselves by His name, but only possess soulish wisdom.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul not only speaks of the Spirit of wisdom, but also reveals the next of the ministering Spirits we need in our lives if we are going to be overcomers and God's heirs of salvation:
"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:" Ephesians 1:17
When we have the Spirit of wisdom, then will we require the Spirit of revelation? Revelation without wisdom is deadly, just as wisdom without revelation is equally deadly. As Paul wrote, the Spirit of revelation will give us the knowledge of Him (Christ). Most know about Jesus, yet, in reality, they know little or nothing about Christ. Their knowledge of Christ is limited to what they have heard from the pulpit. Paul reveals how he knew what he wrote:
"For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." Galatians 1:12
Paul wrote by the Spirit of revelation. Paul wrote to the Romans:
"Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began," Romans 16:25
The Spirit of revelation will reveal to us the mysteries of God that have been hidden and kept secret since the world began. Paul gives us insight to the fact that this same power (Spirit) can establish us in the gospel which Paul revealed. Paul made this same revelation to the Ephesians:
"How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;" Ephesians 3:3-5
We are living in the day when the mysteries of God are being revealed as never before in the history of mankind to those who are seeking the knowledge of God. Many of these mysteries are hidden in the writings of Paul, and the Spirit is giving us insight into these wonderful revelations of God. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, made this observation:
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" I Peter 1:13
The phrase girt up the loins of your mind means "to prepare your heart for learning for what is about to be revealed." The phrase be sober means "to be serious minded." Then we are told to hope to the end. The word hope means "to have trust or confidence in." The end spoken of here is the end of the age - - - for the grace (God's loving kindness) that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. This revelation of Jesus Christ will come to those who are truly seeking Him with their whole heart.
The revelation we need of Jesus Christ is who He is today. He is no longer the Good Shepherd who was born of woman and walked in His fleshly existence for thirty-three and one-half years. Today we need to know Him as Isaiah revealed Him:
"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 Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Jesus was born as every other man who ever lived - - - as a child. His name is Wonderful and Counsellor. He was , and is, the Prince of Peace. A prince is the son of a king. He was the son of the Eternal King. But Isaiah also reveals He is the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father. Jesus did not hold these titles when He walked the earth. He became the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father after His resurrection. This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul revealed this change of position in the book of Acts:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36
The phrase God hath made shows this was something that was done after Jesus' resurrection. He was made Lord. The name Lord means "supreme in authority." Jesus revealed to His disciples after His resurrection:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
Jesus has all power in heaven (the Spiritual realm) and in earth (the flesh realm). He fulfilled Isaiah's words of Him being the Mighty God.
As Paul revealed, He was made Christ. Christ is the anointing. He came as the anointing (cloven tongues of fire) on the Day of Pentecost. He is the anointing in each of our lives if we have asked the Father for the Spirit.
Isaiah also revealed He was the Everlasting Father. The Father is the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit that came upon Mary when Jesus was conceived in her womb. Jesus spoke to His disciples before He was crucified:
"A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me, because I go to the Father." John 16:16
Jesus revealed to His disciples that He would return to His position as the Father. He is, as Isaiah revealed, the Everlasting Father. He is the Risen, Glorified Christ, the All-Powerful, All Glorious Father of Lights. Today we are to know Him as He is revealed to us - - - not as Jesus Christ, the man, but as Christ Jesus. He was Jesus Christ (the anointed). Now He is Christ Jesus (The Anointing). Praise the Lord! Jesus informed His disciples:
"All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." Matthew 11:27
Today the Son is revealing the Father to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. The Spirit of revelation is working in the lives of His anointed to bring the revelation of Jesus Christ to all those who are seeking the true meaning of His Word.
The next ministering Spirit before the throne of God is the Spirit of judgment. The prophet Isaiah informs us:
"In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people, and for a Spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate." Isaiah 28:5-6
Without the Spirit of judgment, it is impossible to judge righteously. Jesus warns:
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24
We are not to judge according to appearance, or what we think we see, because we may not have the understanding we need to make a righteous judgment of the situation. Our judgment may be tainted by what we think with our carnal mind. Paul expanded further on every situation we enter into:
"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." I Corinthians 4:5
Paul informs us we are not to judge anything until the Lord comes - - - or, we are not to judge anything until the Spirit of judgment comes and brings light to the hidden things of darkness, which are the things we do not understand or have access to. We cannot judge righteously until we have waited upon the Lord to judge by His Spirit, through us. Hasty judgments hurt and destroy. The Spirit of judgment will make manifest (make clear) the counsel of the heart. Every man who judges in this manner will have the praise of God. Jesus informs us:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1
Many quote this Scripture, but they do not look at the context in which it was written. Jesus continues:
"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." Matthew 7:2
We will be judged by the same judgment we judge by. If we judge righteously, then we will receive righteous judgment. If we judge unrighteously, then we, too, will receive unrighteous judgment. Jesus further states, by what measure we measure others, we will be measured by the same rule. Many put much emphasis on not judging. But by the Word, we know we are to judge. But we are only to judge by the Spirit of judgment so we can judge righteously. We look again to Isaiah for further understanding:
"When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the Spirit of judgment, and by the Spirit of burning." Isaiah 4:4
When the Bible speaks of daughters in the Old Testament, it is speaking of the church in the New Testament. When it speaks of the daughters of Zion it is speaking of God's true church. The Lord will purge (wash clean) the blood (life) of Jerusalem (true worshipers) by the Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning.
When the Spirit of judgment is ministering to our lives, it brings to light all the impurities that God wants us to deal with so He can wash us clean of all unrighteousness, so we may stand clean before Him on the Great Day of Judgment. He will do this by the Spirit of burning.
On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came as cloven tongues of fire. This is the Spirit of burning which will cleanse us of all unrighteousness. The prophet Malachi informs us:
"But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:2-3
God is purifying His silver and gold by the intense heat of the Spirit of burning. Many cannot stand the fire. But those who do withstand the intense heat will come forth as pure gold and silver to be used by the King of Glory in the days ahead.
The heat may seem difficult to endure, but Paul revealed to the church at Thessalonica:
"So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:" II Thessalonians 1:4-5
God has given us the Spirit of judgment - - - not only to judge righteous judgment - - - but also to cleanse us - - - to make us worthy of the Kingdom of God. Our suffering is only to cleanse us and make us ready to rule and reign with Christ during His millennium, and for all eternity.
The fourth ministering Spirit before the throne is revealed by Zachariah:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." Zechariah 12:9-10
The Spirt of grace is poured out upon all those who are called by His name and walk according to His Spirit. We are living in the day of grace:
"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." Ephesians 4:7
Every person who has made a commitment to Christ has received a measure (a portion) of God's grace. This is a gift of Christ. What we do with our portion of grace determines our walk. What we do with our portion of grace determines our faith. Paul gives us insight to what is the reward for those who operate in faith by the Spirit of grace:
"Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power." Ephesians 3:7
The power (Spirit) of God which Paul allowed to work in his life was by the Spirit of grace - - - and it was by this power and Spirit that Paul ministered the Word of God - - - and it was by this same power and the Spirit of grace that we can understand the Words Paul ministered. Paul knew the revelation he received was by the Spirit of grace. Paul continued to reveal:
"That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:7
Those who minister the Word by the Spirit of grace are heirs of eternal life. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul informed us:
"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." II Timothy 2:1
By Paul's words, we know the grace we all desire and seek for is in Christ Jesus. God's grace is not revealed in the flesh realm. Rather it is a gift to those who know their God to be the Risen, Glorified Christ Jesus. The Spirit of grace is in Christ Jesus to minister to those who are the heirs of eternal life.
With every promise of God and every gift of God there comes a warning:
"Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith He was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" Hebrews 10:29
Paul writes about those who do despite (insults) to the Spirit of grace. These are those who have trodden under foot the Son of God. The phrase trodden under foot means "to treat with disrespect, or rudeness, or to spurn." These have insulted the Spirit of grace. Also those who have counted the shed blood of the covenant God made with the whole world an unholy thing cannot expect the Spirit of grace to work in their lives.
As we witness how the world, this nation, and even many churches have trodden the name of Jesus and His free gift under foot, it is no wonder God's grace has been withheld in so many lives.
As we continue our search for the seven Spirits before the throne, we look at the words of Jesus before He ascended off the earth:
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:16-17
Jesus promised He would send a second comforter who would abide (not depart) with us forever. Those who embrace the false rapture would have us believe when the rapture takes place, the Holy Spirit would leave with them. The whole teaching of the Rapture goes directly against the Word of God. [see "Rapture, False Hope" by George Kirkpatrick]
The second Comforter is the Spirit of truth. This is the fifth ministering Spirit before the throne of God. The Spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit working in our life, it is impossible to understand the Word of God. Without the Holy Spirit anointing, we can only have a carnal understanding of the Word. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul writes:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
All scripture, both the Old and the New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God. God's inspiration is the Spirit of truth. It is only by the Spirit of truth that we can understand doctrine - - - both good and evil doctrine.
By the Spirit of truth we can have reproof. The word reproof means "evidence, proof, and conviction." By the Spirit of truth, we can be corrected, and by the Spirit of truth, we can be instructed in righteousness. Without the Spirit of truth we have no way to discern truth from error. The beloved John informs us:
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27
John informs us it is the anointing that teaches us, and the anointing will teach us all things. But we need to apply ourselves to the Word of God, because everything we need to know is in His Word. But without the anointing we cannot receive the truth He has given us to live by. By the anointing, John informs us that as we are taught in His Word, and by the anointing, we will abide (remain as one) in Him. Again John reveals:
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come." John 16:13
When we allow the Spirit of truth to come to be our guide, He will lead us into all the truths of God's Word. And as we study and learn, we will not only be instructed in all things God wants to teach us of Himself, but He will reveal to us the things that are coming upon the earth. Again we look to John to understand the ministry of the Spirit of truth:
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me:" John 15:26
When the Spirit of truth is come, it will testify of Jesus, and who Jesus is today. We cannot understand completely who Jesus is without the revelation of the Spirit of truth. And we cannot have a true testimony of Jesus without the Spirit of truth.
We see an example of this when the Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost. When the Spirit came as cloven tongues of fire, what did the people speak? Most would answer, they spake in tongues. This is as far as they go. But we need to ask, "What did the people speak?"
"Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." Acts 2:11
They were testifying the things God had done in their lives, or they were testifying of Him. Jesus spoke to the woman at the well:
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." John 4:23
This is certainly true today. The Father is desiring those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. The Father seeks those who will worship Him in the anointing they have received and in the truth of His Word, not in some man-made doctrine.
Paul declared the next ministering Spirit before the throne in His first letter to the Corinthians:
"What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love and in the Spirit of meekness." I Corinthians 4:21
The word meekness means "gentleness and mildness." This describes a person who is not haughty, prideful, and lifted up in self. Paul gave us an example when it is necessary to correct someone, we are to do it with meekness and gentleness. This includes our children. The rod is necessary at times, but only after all other methods fail. Sometimes it is necessary for God to use the rod on us, but He prefers to use gentleness. But if our hard-headedness requires the rod, then His chastisement can be harsh. King David knew this when he wrote:
"The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way." Psalm 25:9
God guides the meek when correction is necessary. But the king also knew God will teach the meek His ways. The old carnal nature wants to go its own way, but God will teach His way with a gentle hand. David also knew another fact:
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." Psalm 37:11
What a promise! God showed us those who operate in the Spirit of meekness will delight themselves in the abundance of peace - - - the peace that passeth all understanding.
The opposite to those who are meek are those who are proud. God has much to say about the proud. The All-wise Solomon wrote:
"Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
The proud are an abomination unto God, and they will not go unpunished. Every one who is proud is high and lifted up in self, self-esteem, self-gratification, and self-exaltation. The Apostle James writes:
"But He giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." James 4:6
God resists (opposes) the proud, and gives grace to the humble. God resists the proud at every turn. Their life is made hard by their failure to submit to the will of God in their life. Some struggle all their life and never witness the peace of God because they only think of self, and what they can accomplish in the flesh. They never learn the art of submission, and are too proud to ask for help. Peter addressed this fault in many people:
"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." I Peter 5:5
God desires us to be subject (submit) one to another. We are to be clothed in humility. This is easier said, then done. And it is impossible without the Spirit of meekness in our life. Again, by the Holy Spirit anointing, Peter declares God resists the proud, and His Spirit of grace is poured out upon the humble.
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3
Paul admonished those in the church at Rome not to think more highly of themselves then they ought to think. God will judge those who are high and lifted up in self.
The prophet Zephaniah makes those who have the Spirit of meekness a wonderful promise:
"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." Zephaniah 2:3
The meek of the earth are told to seek righteousness and meekness. Those who obtain the righteousness of God and have allowed the Spirit of meekness to do its work in their lives will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger, His wrath which He is going to pour out upon a sinful, unregenerate world.
We have one more ministering Spirit before the throne of God to look at:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2
The last of the seven ministering Spirits before God's throne is the Spirit of life. There is no eternal life in the flesh. Only the Spirit is eternal. When the Spirit of life enters into our mortal body, then we are free from the law of sin and death. The law of sin and death dictates if we sin we must die, but the Spirit of life has made us free from this law. We are no longer under the natural law, and answer only to the law of God. Paul revealed to the Romans:
"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:10
The last Spirit is the Spirit of life. By this, we have the promise of eternal life. There is no eternal life in the flesh. Eternal life has been the promise of God from the Garden of Eden. Man lost his eternal life when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. After man sinned he was given a one hundred and twenty year life span. God changed this in the time of Moses to seventy years. This has been man's life expectancy ever since. But God has promised if God be in us, then the Spirit is our life because of righteousness. Paul continued the promise given him by the Spirit:
"But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." Romans 8:11
It was the Spirit of life that raised Jesus from the dead and gave Him eternal life. This is the same Spirit of life God is sending throughout the earth to quicken our mortal bodies.
Paul spoke of a change that is coming upon those who are walking in His way.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." I Corinthians 15:51-54
It is the Spirit of life that will make this change in our life. This is when death will be swallowed up in victory. This mortal, corruptible flesh will put on eternal life. This change will take place in the twinkling of an eye. As Paul relates:
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49
We have borne the image of the earthy. This is our fleshly body, made of the earth. But we are promised we will bear the image of the heavenly. This will be our Spiritual body that will never die, and the Spirit of life has overcome the curse of death. The prophet Isaiah made this same observation:
"He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it." Isaiah 25:8
Isaiah reveals God will swallow up death in victory. Then He continues that God will wipe away all tears from off all faces. Jesus revealed this same time to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Revelation 7:17
The Lamb which is by the throne will lead His people unto fountains of living water. Those fountains of living water is the Word of God, and we will be sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water by the Word. Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4
All these promises will be ours when we receive our Spiritual bodies. Most would say this is when we die. No, this will be when we are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Paul revealed this change to the Corinthians:
"For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked." II Corinthians 5:2-3
Our house from heaven (the Spiritual realm) is our Spiritual house. Again, we will be clothed with the Spirit and will not be found naked. When Adam and Eve sinned, their Spiritual covering was removed, and they were naked in the sight of God. What man lost in the garden, we will regain when the Spirit of life changes our mortal body into an immortal being, and we will rule and reign with Him for all eternity.
God has sent forth these seven Spirits from before His throne to minister to those who are His heirs of salvation, His overcoming army in the earth.
God gave us the Spirit of wisdom
to know truth from error
God gave us the Spirit of revelation
to understand His Word so we can know the things to come
God gave us the Spirit of judgment
so we can judge every situation in righteousness
God gave us the Spirit of grace
so when we err, He can correct us
God gave us the Spirit of truth
so He can lead us into all truth in His Word
God gave us the Spirit of meekness
so we can be the inheritors of the earth
God gave us the Spirit of life
so that we may abide with Him forever.
God gave us His Spirit so He could reveal His seven ministering Spirits to those who are heirs of salvation. These Spirits are going throughout the earth, seeking those who are seeking God with their whole heart. We are informed by Paul:
"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:8
Those who sow to the flesh will reap death. But those who sow to the Spirit shall reap everlasting life. No flesh will inherit the Kingdom of God. Only those who have allowed the seven ministering Spirits before the throne to do their work in their lives will walk in the Kingdom and inherit eternal life. These are God's inheritors. Jesus revealed to John:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
Only the overcomers will inherit, and they will inherit all things. Praise the Lord! There will be nothing left over for those who have not allowed these seven ministering Spirits to do their work in their lives.
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