The Seven-fold Spirit of God. Introduction

“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 shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and 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: But with righteousness shall He judge the poor…” Isaiah 11:1-4.

The Seven-fold Spirit Of God that gives Us the Mind of Christ is:

  • Spirit of the Lord is the supernatural power source that creates God’s thoughts in our hearts.
  • Spirit of Wisdom is all of God’s supernatural Thoughts themselves.
  • Spirit of Understanding is God’s personal illumination of those Thoughts.
  • Spirit of Counsel is God’s personal instructions for Godly choices.
  • Spirit of strength is God’s supernatural ability to perform those Thoughts in our lives.
  • Spirit of Knowledge is experiencing God’s Life (His Thoughts) in place of our own.
  • Fear of the Lord is walking in God’s Love and Truth, fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit.

As we have discovered in past teachings; our mind (Greek Nous) is not just our conscious thoughts, reason or intellect but a whole conceptual process.

A whole Conceptual Process.

  1. We are made aware that our mind begins with the spirit that resides at the core of our being.
  2. That spirit then creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn, produces the actions of our
  3. In other words, our minds not only include the conception or the creation of an idea in our hearts, but also its fulfillment in action in our lives.
  4. The Mind of Christ is the very same conceptual process, only it’s a “divine” process of thinking. God’s Holy Spirit creates God’s supernatural Thoughts in our hearts and then, His Holy Spirit produces those Thoughts as godly actions in our lives.
  5. Here we have God’s Word and His Spirit again working together to give us the Mind of God.

Divine Seven-Fold Process of Thinking by the Holy Spirit.

The divine seven-fold process of thinking called the Mind of Christ begins with the Spirit of the Lord (at the core of our being), who desires to impart to us, not only all of God’s supernatural Thoughts (His Wisdom); but also understanding of those Thoughts; counsel as to which of those Thoughts are appropriate for own situation; supernatural strength to implement those Thoughts in our lives; personal experiential knowledge of seeing those Thoughts manifested in our life actions; and lastly, the ability to walk in the fear of the Lord (and not the fear of man), by fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit in us.

It helps to think of the seven-fold Spirit of God that creates the Mind of Christ in us like a Jewish Menorah. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk or the center core of the lampstand, and then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. So, yes, the Spirit is all one (because it’s the Holy Spirit), but with six different capabilities …behold a lampstand all of Gold, (symbol of deity) and His seven lamps thereon…” Zechariah 4:2.

So, it’s the Holy Spirit’s mission—with our consent—to produce this mind in us, so that we can “Live the truth” and that the Gospel can be passed on to others.

Something important to understand is that this divine conceptual process called the Mind of Christ does not automatically occur in our lives. Only as we “renew our minds” by putting off the garbage in our thinking, are we able to receive from the Holy Spirit, not only God’s agape love, but also His Mind. Should we choose not to renew our minds, then we’ll quench God’s Spirit in our hearts, and His love and His Mind will be blocked and prevented from coming forth.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16. This Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience—the things freely given to us by God. God wants us to intimately know these truths because He wants us to be able to judge everything that happens to us, not through our own eyes (our own mind), but through His Mind, through His Wisdom, His counsel and His knowledge.

Throughout the Bible, the Spirit of the Lord is often referred to as “the eyes (or the mind) of the Lord. Psalm 32:8 supports this view, “ I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

And Revelation 5:6 agrees, “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.”

Functions of the Mind of Christ.

So, let’s learn what fantastic capabilities are that we receive through the Mind of Christ, so we can put them to use in our lives. Again, we can’t use these incredible gifts if we don’t really understand what they are.

Explaining the seven Spirits of God in the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of the Lord.  In Hebrew is Ruwach- in Greek is Pneuma.  Is the core of our being, the main lampstand. And then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. The Bible tells us that “the spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord Proverbs 20:27. Scripture goes on to say that in order for our spirit or our candle to be united with God’s Spirit, it must be lit. And, Psalm 18:28 tells us that God is the only One who lights our candle.

So, the Spirit of the Lord is the energy source, the power source or the light source of our lives. Without God’s Spirit in our hearts, we will have neither the Agape Love of God nor the Mind of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 supports this, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give (us) the light of the knowledge of the glory of God…”

So, the Mind of Christ is not the light itself, God is, but simply the instrument through which God’s Spirit gives us light. Salvation occurs when the Lord “Lights our candle” When His Spirit becomes united with our human spirit; but we only “see” clearly when that light (God) fully encompasses every part of our body.

The goal of our instruction then, is not more learning or more head knowledge, but simply showing forth more of Christ’s life (His Light). “Now the end of the commandment is love (Christ’s Life) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and faith unfeigned…” 1 Timothy 1:5.

The person of the Holy Spirit grows the fruit of the Spirit in us Galatians 5:22-25. This is the sign that we have been filled or empowered with God’s love.

Finally, there needs to be a daily refilling (pleroo) of the Holy Spirit all day, everyday Ephesians 5:18.

The Spirit of the Lord is like a fountain of water that leaps up within us John 4:10,11, 14; 7:38.  Experiencing the fullness of God means continually setting aside our self-Life and allowing God’s Spirit to refill us. Ephesians 3:19; John 4:14.

Next we will learn about the six functions of the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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