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Grace and peace from Jesus and the 7 spirits

Sunday, May 10, 2020  
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Grace and peace from Jesus and the 7 spirits

This is from the Revelation of Jesus Christ – ‘Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne.’   (Rev 1:4)

We will have heard about grace and peace from Jesus, but how many have ever noticed this verse in Revelation?  Before His throne are seven spirits who are also sending grace and peace to believers. Later in chapter 1 we see mention of 7 stars (angels of the churches) and 7 lampstands (the churches in Asia.)  But I think we have to look further afield to identify these spirits greeting us with grace and peace.

Isaiah 11:2 has the answer.  ‘There shall come forth a Rod (more literally, a slender and flexible twig – a reference to Jesus) from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (a name for Jesus) shall grow out of its roots.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (1). The spirit of wisdom (2) and understanding (3). The spirit of counsel (4) and might (5), The spirit of knowledge (6) and of the fear of the Lord (7). 

So now we can consider who is greeting us with grace and peace, as well as Jesus of course.  The Spirit of the Lord is the Holy Spirit – we know Him as the one who brings Jesus words to us, and the one who is changing us from one degree of glory to another – ever present within us.  We can and do fellowship with Him.

We can fellowship also with wisdom, with understanding, with counsel, with might, and with knowledge – all in the fear of the Lord.  Fear as in a revelation of our weakness in the presence of the Almighty – awe of Him, who loves us with an everlasting love.  These are resources for our life and benefit, including our working life!  Ask and you will receive. 

In life there will be countless times when seeking and receiving guidance will invoke one or more of the 7 spirits before the throne. How wonderful to know we can seek and receive these precious attributes of the character of God for practical help. I am not advocating praying to the 7 spirits, no, we pray to the Father through Jesus the Son. Yet it is wonderful to know His provision for us, the things we need, are also 7 spirits always before His throne who wish us grace and peace wanting us to be filled with their attributes too. 

The more we receive of these 7 attributes in our own characters, the more we will enjoy grace and peace, and the more we will love the Lord our God who chooses us as His bride.