4. The Seven Spirits Described
saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a
book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to
Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden
lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands
which you saw are the seven churches.
“You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work. Its
shaft, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and flowers shall be of one piece.
Three bowls shall be made like almond blossoms on one branch, with an ornamental knob
and a flower, and three bowls made like almond blossoms on the other branch, with an
ornamental knob and a flower—and so for the six branches that come out of the lampstand.
Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it."
You shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall arrange its lamps so that they give light in
front of it.
Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends ( make well, sound) the
lamps, he shall burn incense on it. And when Aaron lights ( ascend ) the lamps at twilight, he
shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.
And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were
burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Greeting the Seven Churches
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
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, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the
firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven
Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are
alive, but you are dead.
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good
tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the
captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom
August 12, 2013
Knowledge – the facts (Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 18:15, Colossians 2:8, 1 Timothy 2:4).
• Understanding – ability to translate meaning from the facts (Psalm 119:130, Proverbs 3:5-7,
18:2, Philippians 1:9-10)
• Wisdom – knowing what to do next, given an understanding of the facts and
circumstances (Ecclesiastes 8:1, James 3:17).
Those with knowledge are able to collect, remember, and access information. But, it is possible
to have knowledge and lack understanding and wisdom. Someone might have the facts, but not
know what they mean or what to do next.
Those with understanding are able to extract the meaning out of information. They “see
through” the facts to the dynamics of what, how, and why.
Understanding is a lens which brings the facts into crisp focus and produces principles.
Those with wisdom know which principle to apply in a given context. Understanding Those with
wisdom know what actions to take next.
They do the right thing in the given situation. In contrast, there are many who have great
knowledge and understanding but who consistently do the wrong thing.
Knowledge is knowing how to use a gun; wisdom is knowing when to use it and when to keep
Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask
that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in
every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of
the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the
Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
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,
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of
Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of
His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Fear of the lord
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified.
And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were
Grace and supplication
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace
and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him
as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled
the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a
common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary
the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of
the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with
all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of
Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,