The generally accepted definition of grace is: Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation. (Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_grace) Some add the word unmerited, but if it were unmerited, it would not be in the true meaning of grace, which is favored. True repentance merits favor and forgiveness from YaHavah through Jesus Christ.
When Paul asked YaHavah to relieve him of an infirmity he called a thorn in his flesh, YaHavah answered with, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. To which Paul continued to write, Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2Corinthians 12:9-10)
There are a couple of profound realities in Paul’s conversation with YaHavah.
Paul had an on-the-spot conversation with YaHavah. This kind of communication is what I call face to face, but is more like an instant meeting of minds; that is what makes Paul’s statement so profound.
The other reality is Paul’s acceptance of his infirmity and the persecutions, reproaches, and distresses from other people for speaking the truth of Jesus Christ. In his own flesh, he admitted to being weak, but in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus Christ, he was strong. The Spirit of YaHavah gave him the strength and courage to continue to speak the truth, no matter what or where.
It amazes me how many people who profess Christianity, cannot accept the whole and real truth of Christ. For instance, the title of Christ given to Jesus identifies him as the anointed one (Holy One) of Daniel 9:24. Most people think being a Christian identifies believers as followers of Jesus. Rather, the title of Christian identifies one who is anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah as Jesus after he was baptized and as the twelve disciples were anointed on the Day of Pentecost. Isaiah 11:1-5 describes Jesus’ anointing in the seven spirits of YaHavah. Revelation 5:6 tells us that the seven spirits of YaHavah were released to all the earth within ten days of Pentecost when Jesus was glorified after his ascension. Jesus told his disciples that the Comforter (Spirit of YaHavah) could not come until he was glorified. I have asked many Christians if they have ever heard any teaching on the seven spirits. None could recall hearing any such teaching and did not know anything about the seven spirits.
The release of the seven spirits is not taught in our churches or Bible schools at any level. Bible preachers and teachers speculate that the seven spirits refers to Isaiah 11:1-2 or that they might be angels. They do not know for certain what they are or how they relate to the Christian walk.
Allow me to give you a small taste of the reality of the seven spirits.
But first a small reminder that the grace of YaHavah is in his presence and action of his seven spirits in a reborn human spirit. Rebirth is to sing a new song and speak with a new tongue in the Spirit of YaHavah. Faith is the confidence of knowing the grace of YaHavah.
The action of YaHavah’s grace is as follows:
YaHavah created man to have fellowship with himself. Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness, in reference to spirit. Adam started his life having access to YaHavah’s wisdom and knowledge, which he used in naming all the animals and plants. Fellowship with YaHavah also implies his counsel and understanding. Man must have YaHavah’s counsel and understanding to learn how to live by his standards. Adam lived a good life under YaHavah’s standards, until another influence tempted him and he failed to fear YaHavah. Our strength to overcome evil is in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus.
Isaiah 11:1-2—1—And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2—and the spirit of YHVH shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YHVH…
Revelation 5:6—6—And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the Four Living Creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of YHVH sent forth into all the earth.
Jesus is the core of YHVH’s plan of salvation, and he is, as it says in the Old Testament, YHVH with us by the anointing omnipresence of the Spirit of YHVH. YHVH with us or as commonly stated God with us was manifested in the anointing of the seven spirits of YHVH. (Revelation 5:6; Acts 2:1-4) All of the following references explain the anointing, its purpose, and the sequence of its fulfillment:
- Psalm 110:4—Jesus was consecrated as High Priest forever in the order of Melchizadek (Hebrew 7:20-28, Jesus was baptized by his cousin the son of a Levite priest and consecrated by his Father in heaven)
- Isaiah 11:1-2—Promised anointing of Jesus in the seven spirits of YaHavah
- Daniel 9:24—Prophesied anointing of Jesus called the Holy one
- Matthew 3:16-17—Fulfillment of Jesus’ anointing represented by the descending dove and voice of YHVH
- John 3:5-8—Jesus told his disciples that one must be born again in the spirit to see the Kingdom of YHVH.
- Revelation 5:6— 6—And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the Four Living Creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of YHVH sent forth into all the earth. (Acts 2:1-4; Isaiah 11:1-2; Proverbs 8)
- Acts 2:1-4—The manifestation of the seven spirit anointing was evidenced by a wind in the upper room and flames on the heads of the twelve disciples. One must be born again in the Spirit of YaHavah to see the Kingdom of YHVH. This anointing makes the anointed believer a priest to YHVH forever in the Kingdom of YHVH. It is not to be taken lightly. Those who seek this anointing for power will not receive it, for the Lord knows the intentions of the heart.
The seven spirits have opposites:
- Spirit of YHVH “opposites” Spirit of lawlessness
- Wisdom Folly
- Understanding Error
- Counsel Deceit
- Strength Pride
- Knowledge Ignorance
- Fear of YHVH Idolatry
See Galatians 5 for their fruit:
Spirit of YHVH “opposites” Fruit of sinful nature
- Love Hatred
- Joy Tribulation
- Peace Conflict
- Patience Impatience
- Kindness Dissensions
- Goodness Immorality
- Faithfulness Faithlessness
- Humility Arrogance
- Self-control Self-centeredness
The Bible says believers are to be good watchmen of their faith by testing the spirit of everything to see if it is of YaHavah. Knowledge of the Spirit anointing, the seven spirits, and the fruit of the Spirit are the main tools by which to test the spirit before acting on what is thought, seen, and heard.
Be good stewards of his gifts and his grace.