The Seven Spirits

David Bast

Read: Revelation 3:1; 4:1-11

The words of him who has the seven spirits of God. (3:1)

In the book of Revelation, seven is the number of fullness or completeness. When Revelation speaks of the seven spirits of God as here (or in 4:5 or 1:4), it doesn’t mean that God has seven different spirits or that the Holy Spirit has somehow multiplied. It’s simply a reference to the Holy Spirit in all his fullness.

Throughout his earthly life, Jesus was continually identified with the Holy Spirit. He was conceived by the Spirit in his mother’s womb. He was anointed with the Spirit at his baptism. Full of the Spirit, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1). He undertook his ministry in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14). He cast out demons by the Spirit (Matt. 12:28). And at the end of his life on earth, in the upper room, Jesus promised the Spirit to his disciples. He called the Spirit “another Helper” like himself, who would be his very presence with them and would remind them of all his teaching (John 14:16-18, 26).

In John’s vision, the same Jesus who had the Spirit also held the stars. We’ve already been told that the stars represent the seven messengers of the churches (Rev. 1:20). Happy the church whose pastor is filled with the Spirit, follows Jesus’ teaching, and faithfully preaches the Word of God. The ministry of the Word in the power of the Spirit can wake a sleeping church up, and make a dead church come alive. —David Bast

As you pray, remember your pastor before the Lord.