There are 7 factors mentioned here that describe the Holy Spirit
with emphasis on His ministry to the humanity of the Messiah, Jesus Christ,
during His earthly ministry. These 7 factors are probably what are
referred to by the symbol of "the seven Spirits of God" which occurs at
Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6.
WILL REST ON HIM: The focus is on how the Spirit ministers to the soul
through knowledge and the reflection of divine integrity in the life of Christ
- and by application, in the life of the believer.
The fulfillment of this prophecy of Christ occurs at Mat. 3:16 with John
A second prophecy of this sustaining of the Spirit for Christ is Isaiah 42:1,
"Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I
have put My Spirit upon Him."
And a third, at Isaiah 61:1. Jesus quotes this as fulfilled by Him at Luke
See Topic: CHRIST: Sustaining by the Spirit
A. The Spirit of Yahweh: This identifies the Divine personality of the Holy
Spirit as the title has indicated in its earlier uses throughout the Old
See Topic: THE HOLY SPIRIT: His person and
B. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.
1. Wisdom: this is the word, chokmAh. This is the APPLICATION of knowledge
and understanding in making decisions about any and every situation in life.
Expression of wisdom makes the believer an efficient representative of God
while here on earth.
Understanding comes from knowledge. And wisdom comes from understanding. Prov.
"For Yahweh gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."
(tebhunAh here, for "understanding" is a synonym for biynAh).
2. Understanding: This is the word, biynAh. This refers to comprehension
of truth that goes beyond the simple academic knowledge of facts. At Ephesians
3:18-19, the goal of spiritual growth is to "comprehend . . . what is the
breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which
surpasses knowledge." UNDERSTANDING is a functional knowledge of what the plan
of God is all about; the real issues between light and darkness that comes
FROM knowledge (facts; points of truth). Understanding is the basis for having
C. The Spirit of counsel and strength.
1. Counsel: This is the word, ātsAh.
refers to advice or guiding wisdom.
a. The provision from wisdom: Proverbs 8:14 compared with verses 1:25,
b. Psalm 73:21-24
c. The nature of Divine counsel - Isaiah 28:29
d. Counsel refers to the DIVINE VIEWPOINT concerning everything in
e. Compare with human viewpoint: Proverbs 19:21 and Job 38:2
f. Counsel is the divine viewpoint advice that comes from
understanding and wisdom.
2. Strength: This is the word, gebhurAh. It refers to INNER strength of
It indicates nobility of character and integrity. This is what is
produced in the soul of the believer
through success in spiritual growth. This is the presence of
beneficent love that INFLUENCES
the soul for the application of
divine truth in opposition to the influence of the sin nature.
See Topic: BENEFICENT LOVE
D. The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of Yahweh.
1. Knowledge: This is the word, daath. This refers to the factual details
of God's character and
plan. These truths are learned from
the Bible only. Knowledge must be volitionally accepted
and believed, in order for the
truths of knowledge to produce UNDERSTANDING and
WISDOM and eventually CHARACTER STRENGTH.
2. Fear of Yahweh: This refers to the attitude of humility that recognizes
that the authority,
viewpoint and policy of God has total
jurisdiction of the universe and my life. Basic humility
toward God (The fear of the Lord) is
the basis for seeking and accepting the knowledge of
God (Prov. 1:7).
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge," (daath).
Continued humility toward God is then the basis for APPLICATION of
knowledge in order to
express understanding and wisdom for the avoidance of sin (Prov. 16:6;
See Topic: THE FEAR OF THE