Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth.
Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.
I have been overwhelmed lately with what we are seeing in our world. When I get overwhelmed, I make my way to the Word of God, where I find the same solace in what was spoken of in:
Psalm 73 16But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
God does give us a peek into the end, which means He has all things under His control. The Holy Spirit is another way God controls the end. Scripture says that the Holy Spirit holds back the evil in our day so that it does not permeate the world into extinction. The Holy Spirit is that same Spirit that is spoken of in the opening verses of my comments today.
Jesus told us that when the Holy Spirit came, He would do three things:
1. Convict of Sin - The Problem
2. Convict of Righteousness - The Solution/The Gospel
3. Convict of Judgment - The reset of creation through a day of reckoning
We understand that the Holy Spirit will convict us of what is wrong in us and what’s wrong in the world. Sin is a human nature problem, and it is pervasive in all of us. The Holy Spirit leads us to repentance and restoration from sin and helps us to maintain lives outside of the control of it.
We understand that the Holy Spirit will convict us of the righteousness of God which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel tells us about Jesus and the righteous act of His death upon the Cross. Nothing is more important in all of God’s Kingdom than this message. It drives everything God does today.
We understand that the Holy Spirit will convict us of judgment. The judgment of God is a universal reset of God’s creation. Judgment means God brings all things into His courts for final review … it is the day of reckoning. Let’s define what reckoning means.
• The evil of Satan and his kingdom will be thrown into hell.
• The unbelievers in Jesus (those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life) will be thrown into hell.
• The believers will be judged and rewarded by what they did for God while on earth (like the parable of the talents).
The judgment of God is a serious thing. No one will escape it, and no one can argue for mercy because the time for mercy has passed. God will look at the record and know if you are worthy of hell or not. This is an uncomfortable message in today’s world. Hell is not a feel-good message, which is why most pulpits avoid it today. Yet hell is as relevant as any message today … it is what the Holy Spirit brings into focus as part of His ministry. Judgment is real, and it is what God will do to reset creation … some to everlasting life, others to everlasting damnation.
The Seven Spirits of God mentioned throughout Scripture are not seven separate spirits, but one Spirit with seven manifestations.
Isaiah 11:2 defined these seven characteristics or manifestations of the Messiah, which ultimately ended up also defining the Holy Spirit.
• Spirit of God upon Him
• Spirit of God in wisdom
• Spirit of God in understanding
• Spirit of God in counsel
• Spirit of God in might
• Spirit of God in knowledge
• Spirit of God in the fear of the Lord
This is the spirit that Jesus said would come and go into the world enabling the followers of Christ to teach and preach the Good News of the Gospel.
We can do a lot of things in the church today without the Holy Spirit. ~David Wilkerson
However, I am convinced that without the Holy Spirit we won’t preach about sin, or convince anyone about the righteousness of Christ as seen through the Cross, or the day of reckoning called judgment. When these things aren’t part of the church today, then the Holy Spirit is also not part of the church either. I love those characteristics in Isaiah 11:2 that tell us how the Holy Spirit works among us and brings conviction to us as He applies His characteristics to our lives.
I get encouraged amidst all the turmoil we are seeing in our world. I am encouraged because God is in control. His Spirit is working in the hearts of people today, as He prepares people to seek Him and to come to know Him. Be assured, God is not abandoning our world, He is just preparing it for the purposes of bringing it once again under His complete control.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler