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The seven spirits of God: what are they?

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 11:2 KJV)

the seven spirits of God showing the number 7

What are the seven spirits of God? Are they seven Holy Spirits? Are they seven Angels? I will attempt to condense volumes of truth in this brief devotional.  I will not be able to explain everything so reach out to me with questions on things you do not understand! One of the leading theological thoughts today to consider are these seven spirits and seven angels. The book of Revelation clearly identifies seven angels closely related to God’s throne. And yes, there is certainly a relationship between Christ, the Holy Spirit and angels. However, as we saw in the figure of the Lampstand and the Lamb, this description of the “seven spirits of God” as used in this context is not seven angels.

A critical truth to unraveling this mystery is the recognization that this phrase is not used to describe the absolute qualities of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 11:2 is not teaching us that the Spirit is wise, has understanding, etc. It is a description of the Spirit’s operation in Christ, as a Human Being. The Lampstand is not a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It represents Christ the Anointed One, a Man, with the fullness of the Spirit. In Ephesians 1:17, Paul prayed that the Father will give the Ephesians the “spirit of wisdom and revelation”. The spirit of wisdom (lower case “s”) is not the same exactly as the Holy Spirit (upper case “S”) but the Holy Spirit working as one with the human spirit to make the person operate in the wisdom of the Spirit.

The seven spirits of God as depicted in Isaiah 11:2 is both literal (literal 7 descriptors) and figurative of the fullness of the Holy Spirit operating in Christ, and also in you!


What is the difference between Spirit and spirit as used above? (tricky one!)


Christ is the Lampstand as depicted in the Tabernacle. You and I, as Lampstands in Him! (Rev. 1:20) You are a child of the Spirit, endowed with the fullness of God, as the Master Himself was!


Ask the Lord for the fullness of the Spirit in you.

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