AlphA & ΩOMEGAΩ
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GENESIS VERSE 2 CHAPTER 1 – LESSON 4
Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
This Study is called Alpha and Omega we are approaching the book of Genesis and the book of Revelation in a somewhat unique manner. Our study begins with a verse by verse fleshing out of the content of God’s chosen words given to his chosen authors.In this lesson we are going to look at “The Seven Spirits of God”; “The Spirit of God” and “The Spirit of the Lord.”
The approach taken in this lesson will be a unique way of obtaining meaning from the book of Revelation to Genesis. Thereby, God will reveal his “Spirit” to us, from the “end” to the “beginning” of His creative work”.
This lessons current message came from John to seven Asian churches, located in Asia Minor. (Turkey). Throughout the Bible and especially Revelation, seven is the number for completeness or Perfection. While none of the chosen churches were perfect they were possibly emblematic of all churches throughout history.
“The Seven Spirits of God”
Our focus is on the Church of Sardis and more importantly we are focused on “The Seven Spirits of God.” From a reading of Rev. 3:1-13 it can be said that Sardis was a church facing Crisis and lacking in commitment as they are trying hard to give the appearance of a spiritually alive church when in Reality they are spiritually dead. The words written to them and about them are from: “Him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars, (seven angels of the seven churches, perhaps pastors).
Christ revealed Himself to the church of Sardis as the one who “hath the seven Spirits of God”, a reference to the sevenfold fullness and perfection of the Holy Spirit that rested upon Christ. (Rev. 1:4; 5:6)
Isa 11; 2-5: 1The Spirit of the lord will rest upon him (Christ) ─ The Spirit of: ─ 2Wisdom and 3understanding ─ 4council and 5power ─ 6knowledge and of the 7fear of the Lord ─ and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
From Revelation 4:5 we learn of “seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.These differ from those in Rev. 1:1, 20; they are blazing torches permanently before the throne of God (emblematic of the wrath and judgment of God to be poured upon the ungodly), a reference to the Holy Spirit in his fullness and perfection. Other forms that the Holy Spirit used to manifest his presence include, as a dove, at Christ’s baptism and cloven tongues of fire at Pentecost.
Then In Revelation 5:6 The Lamb of Christ is given a threefold introduction. He is no longer at Gods right hand he has relocated to the center of the throne a way of saying that he has been given the scepter of iron, his symbol of POWER, to rule the waiting universal world. All humanity, those who are living and all who have ever lived. Christ’s appearance is of a slain lamb still bearing the blood stains and wounds of his death.
Next the mystery of the seven spirits of God is solved. The slain looking lamb has seven horns and seven eyes. These seven horns and seven eyes are proclaimed to be the seven spirits of God sent out into all the world. Only the Triune Godhead consisting of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit possess the fullness of omnipotence ─ unlimited power. Omnipresence ─ being everywhere at one time Omniscience ─ universal knowledge; knowing everything. The lamb is the ultimate picture of completion, perfection and power presence and knowledge. He is the judge of all nations, powers and principalities for all of time.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD ─ NEW TESTAMENT
Working backward from this point in scripture we come to 1 John 4:2 which tells us:This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the fleshis from God, (Note the triune reference)
1 Peter 4:14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Talk about complete perfect protection. (Note the triune reference)
Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— (note the Triune reference)
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
(Only Christ the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David can loose a God placed seal.) see Rev. 5:1-5 Ephesians 2:22 And in him (Christ) you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Note the triune reference)
Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Note the triune reference)
2 Corinthians 3:3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (Note the triune reference)
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (Note the triune reference)
1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (Note the triune reference)
by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (Note the triune reference) Romans 8:9You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. (Note the triune reference) Romans 8:14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (see Galatians 4:6)Romans 1:4and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. (Note the triune reference)
Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. (Note the triune reference) Matthew 12:28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I (Jesus) drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Note the triune reference)
THE SPIRIT OF GOD OLD TESTAMENT
Ezekiel 11:24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me, (Christ absent)
Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.) (God, Christ and Spirit absent) Daniel 4:9 I said, “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me. (God Christ and Spirit absent) Daniel 4:18 “This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.” (God Christ and Spirit absent)Daniel 5:11There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. (God Christ and Spirit absent) Daniel 5:14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. (God Christ and Spirit absent) Ecclesiastes 12:7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Christ Absent)
Psalm 106:33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses’ lips. (Christ Absent)
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Christ Absent)
2 Chronicles 15:1 [ Asa’s Reform ] The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. (Christ Absent) 2 Chronicles 24:20 Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.’” (Christ Absent)
1 Samuel 19:23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. (Christ Absent) 1 Samuel 19:20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they also prophesied. (Christ Absent)1 Samuel 11:6 When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger. (Christ Absent) 1 Samuel 10:10 When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. (Christ Absent) Numbers 24:2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him (Christ Absent) Genesis 41:38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (Christ Absent) Exodus 31:3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— (Christ Absent) Exodus 35:31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— (Christ Absent)
Spirit of the Lord
Following the pattern of New Testament to Old Testament for the study of the Spirit of the Lord what is obvious in the New Testament is that both God and Christ are absent in every case.
The Lordis the Spirit. This statement in the last New Testament reference to The Spirit of the Lord should be linked with what is said at the end of verse 6: “the Spirit gives life.”It is only by turning to the Lord (V.16) that the condemnation and sentence of death pronounced by the law on the law-breaker are annulled and replaced by the free life-giving grace of the new covenant. There is a close relationship between the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Both are said to dwell in the believer.( Ro 8:9; Gal 2:20) In Ro 8:9 the Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ and Christ all seem to be used interchangeably. In Acts 16:6-7 the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus appear to be one and the same. Perhaps this is because the Holy Spirit Proceeds from the Father and the Son, and the first two persons of the Trinity accomplish their purposes through the Spirit.
The Spirit who gives life is the “Spirit of the living God” who in fulfillment of the promise of the new covenant, writes the same law of God written on stone tablets in the old covenant ‘on tablets of human hearts. He thus provides the believer with love for God’s law, which previously he had hated, and with power to keep it, which previously he had not possessed.
Spirit of the Lord – New Testament
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, (No reference to God or Christ) Acts 5:9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” (No reference to God or Christ)Acts 8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. (No reference to God or Christ)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (No reference God or Christ)
Spirit of the Lord – Old Testament
With the Exception of Isa 11:2 there are no references to Christ in the scripture references found in the keyword search for “Spirit of the Lord”
Judges 3:10 The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. (No reference to Christ) Judges 6:34Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. (No reference Christ) Judges 11:29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. (No reference to God or Christ) Judges 14:6 The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. (No reference Christ) Judges 14:19 Then the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home. (No reference to Christ) Judges 15:14 As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. (No reference to Christ) 1 Samuel 10:6 The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. (No reference to Christ) 1 Samuel 16:13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. (No reference to Christ)1 Samuel 16:14 [ David in Saul’s Service ] Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. (No reference to Christ)
1 Kings 18:12 I don’t know where the Spirit of the LORD may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn’t find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD since my youth. (No reference to Christ) 2 Kings 2:16 “Look,” they said, “we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley.” “No,” Elisha replied, “do not send them.” (No reference to Christ) 2 Chronicles 20:14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. (No reference to Christ) Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD— (Note the Triune reference) Isaiah 40:13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? (No reference to Christ)Isaiah 63:14 like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name. Ezekiel 11:5 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind. (No reference to Christ)Ezekiel 37:1 [ The Valley of Dry Bones ] The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. (No reference to Christ)Micah 3:8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. (No reference to Christ)
To summarize our findings from Genesis to Revelation Gods Spirit and his Word the light and darkness, the Spirit hovering over the waters, The seven Spirits of God, The Spirit of God, The spirit of the Lord are in a mysterious and unexplainable way responsible for creation of universal life. Without them nothing was made that has been made from beginning to end.
John Chapter one gives us more understanding and speaks of the beginning, the Word, God, life, light, darkness, understanding or lack thereof, a witness, belief, truth, every man, the world, lack of recognition of the creator by his own, reception from some, reward as sons of God for recognition of “the light of the world”, rebirth not naturally nor by the decision of a man but born of God, “The Word” became flesh dwelling among men, he was and is the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth.