Revelation 1:4… “This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne” (NLT).
Ephesians 4:4… “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling” (KJV).
The seven spirits of God must therefore be the one Holy Spirit who will manifest Himself in the believer’s life in seven distinct ways. If we will allow the Holy Spirit to do seven works in our lives, He will bring us into God’s completed work, into His perfection, into the likeness of Jesus, into the fullness of the Spirit. These are the seven facets or manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. There are more; the Spirit works in other ways as well. However, let’s look at these seven works of the Holy Spirit.
1. The Spirit of justification… 1 Corinthians 6:11… “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (NASB). We are all justified because of God’s grace and by our faith. It is the Spirit of God who draws us and empowers us to acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This is the first work of the Spirit when one is born again. The word “justified” means to be declared innocent and free. “You were justified”; i.e., Your sins are pardoned, you are accepted as righteous, and will be treated as such on account of the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Spirit of sanctification… 2 Thessalonians 2:13… “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (KJV). Sanctification is the process of God’s grace by which the believer is separated from sin and purified by life lived in the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit will begin to manifest as we yield to the process of sanctification. The word “sanctification” refers to purification, to purity and holiness. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. We can’t do it by ourselves. It’s the Holy Spirit that produces inward holiness.
3. The Spirit of life… Romans 8:2… “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (KJV). The Spirit of life has rules of conduct which makes us free from the old bondage. We can now live in the resurrection power of Christ where the gifts of the Spirit causes our lives to become supernaturally empowered. The Spirit will give life to our mortal bodies. Healing and strength will come into our flesh (Romans 8:11).
4. The Spirit of truth… John 14:17… “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” (KJV). The truth will set us free. The truth will bring revelation knowledge as we are taught by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of truth will reveal Jesus to us (John 15:26). Vision will be given to lead us into all truth and reveal the Kingdom to us. Deception will be removed, and lies destroyed.
5. The Spirit of wisdom… Ephesians 1:17… “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (KJV). Not only will the Spirit give us a knowledge of Jesus, but He will give us insight into God’s mind and what He is doing (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). The Holy Spirit is our teacher (John 14:26). The believer is to be a prophetic believer. The prophets moved by the word that came from God, and so should we.
6. The Spirit of deliverance… Matthew 12:28… “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come upon you” (KJV). It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are delivered from sin and it is by that same Spirit demons are cast out and the powers of darkness are defeated. Proverbs 8:30-31 teaches that the Spirit was with Jesus as a master craftsman and that His delight was to be with the children of God. That’s us.
7. The Spirit of prayer… Romans 8:26… “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (NASB). It’s the Holy Spirit who has the mind of God, who knows what is in God’s mind for us (God’s will for us). Ephesians 6:18 tells us that all prayer should be done in the Spirit. There are days when we don’t know how to pray correctly. The Holy Spirit helps us.
These are the seven profound works that the Holy Spirit will do in our lives. If we allow Him to do these works in and through us, He will perfect us. These seven functions of the Spirit will move us from glory to glory as we are changed and conformed into His image.
Pastor George Belobaba
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