Fulness Of The Spirit

There is one attribute of Jesus that is far superior to all others: the fulness of God’s Spirit that is upon His life. Men may possess an anointing of the Holy Spirit. We may all experience the power and working of the Spirit in our life. There is only One who has the entire capacity of the Holy Spirit in their life; Jesus Christ.

Seven hundred years before Jesus came to Nazareth and recited this passage of Isaiah—telling those in attendance that He was the object of the prophet’s words, God intended that His Son would manifest the fulness of the Holy Spirit during His ministry here on earth.

The Messiah shall be anointed by the fullness of Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 11:2a … 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.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

The Spirit Without Limit

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon men and women to enable and empower them to do specific tasks, at specific times. The Holy Spirit did not rest on any individual permanently until David. It was the heart cry of David that even though he had committed grievous sins, God would not take His Holy Spirit from him.

Psalms 51:11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Once we arrive at the New Testament, in Acts Chapter 2, we see that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all those who had received Jesus as their Redeemer. This anointing by the Spirit was continuous and eternal. Although the Holy Spirit could be Grieved, He would never depart from those who had sincerely surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The Holy Spirit was given to each believer according to the will of God for the particular purpose that He had for each person. Every member of Jesus’ body receives a gift or gifts from the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus is described as having received the complete and total anointing of the Holy Spirit, with all of the gifts of the Spirit present at the same time.

Colossians 1:19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ… (NLT)

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

In the prophecy of Isaiah 11:2, we see the uniqueness of the Holy Spirit operating in Jesus—which sets Him apart from all other men. Because He is coming to earth as the Messiah, and is Himself—God, it was the Father’s plan to give Jesus the full measure of the Holy Spirit while acting as the Savior of the world. In the case of all other men or women, the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes to each person by measure. This is to say, each of us has a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our life, for the express purpose of being helpful and of benefit to all the other members of the church.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

When we come to the Book of Revelation, we see this complete manifestation of the Holy Spirit is described as, The Seven Spirits. This title is a description of how the Holy Spirit operates—perfectly, rather than a reference to seven literal Spirits. Seven is always used as a representation of completion or perfection. The term Seven Spirits then, in keeping with this principle, would seem to indicate that the fullness of the Holy Spirit, or the completeness of the Holy Spirit, is manifested in Jesus.

Revelation 1:4 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…

Revelation 3:1 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.’ ”

Revelation 4:5 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.

In the following verse from Revelation 5:6, we see confirmation that the fullness of the Holy Spirit, as described as Seven Spirits, is manifested in Jesus, The Lamb who comes from the midst of the throne.

Revelation 5:6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

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In the next section of this chapter, we will examine a complete description of how these Seven Sprits operate in the life and ministry of Jesus.

Throughout the Bible, there are certain words, numbers, phrases, and other text that illustrate important points that God is seeking to make. The number “7” in often described as “the number of completion, or perfection.” In the case of Jesus, we see that He manifests seven different parts of the Holy Spirit. It is the intention of God that we understand that these seven “Spirits” are the full and complete working of the Holy Spirit in the lives and work of redemption for all people.

Here, Isaiah writes that the Messiah shall be anointed with the fullness of the Spirit: The Spirit of the Lord, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2b …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.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Revelation 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God…’ ”

Matthew 13:54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?”

Luke 2:46-47 Now so it was that after three days they found Jesus in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.

Colossians 2:2-3 Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The Seven Spirits

Previously, we learned that the Messiah will be anointed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This fullness is described as seven attributes that the Messiah will possess, as described in Isaiah 11:1-2:

1. The Spirit of the Lord 2. wisdom 3. understanding 4. counsel 5. might 6. knowledge, and 7. the fear of the Lord

When we arrive at the Book of Revelation, we see this complete manifestation of the Holy Spirit described as The Seven Spirits. Jesus is designated as possessing the seven Spirits of God.

Revelation 3:1 …Jesus who has the seven Spirits of God…

Being endowed with the seven Spirits of God appears to be a single attribute of the Messiah, rather than seven literal Spirits. Seven is always used as a representation of completion or perfection. The term Seven Spirits, in keeping with this principle, would indicate that the fullness of the Holy Spirit, or the completeness of the Holy Spirit, is in operation through Jesus. It does not appear that the fulness of the Spirit is given to Jesus, but instead, He is the origin of the complete Spirit of God.

Revelation 1:4 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…

Revelation 3:1 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.’ ”

Revelation 4:5 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.

In the following verse from Revelation 5:6, we see confirmation that the fullness of the Holy Spirit, described as Seven Spirits, is manifested in Jesus; The Lamb who comes from the midst of the throne.

Revelation 5:6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Jesus is described as having seven horns, seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God.

• Seven being the number of completion.[1]
• Horns being a symbol of Power.[2]
• Eyes being the ability to see all things.
• Seven Spirits, the complete and perfect working of the Holy Spirit working through Jesus, manifested as: 1. The Spirit of the Lord 2. wisdom 3. understanding 4. counsel 5. might 6. knowledge, and 7. the fear of the Lord.

1. The Spirit of the Lord:

The Spirit of the Lord defines the Messiah as possessing the entire and complete Spirit of the Living God. In essence, this means that the Messiah will Himself be God, lacking none of the essential attributes of the One True God.

Colossians 2:9 For in Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…

2. Wisdom:

Wisdom: The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.[3]

The Biblical definition of Wisdom is the ability to use all of the knowledge that a person has, to make the right choices, do the right things, and do these things—at the correct time.

If you need good advice, you want to go to someone who has wisdom. When life’s most critical issues are upon us and we do not know what to do, who can we turn to for wise counsel? The Bible proclaims that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:2-3 Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now, either this statement is true or it is not. If true, then we have a sure destination to bring all of our worries, concerns, and needs. The words of Jesus are not merely the words of a man. Jesus claimed to be the Creator of all things and has has existed for all of eternity as God, with the Father. The Bible describes Jesus, not just as the receptacle or obtainer of all wisdom and knowledge, but as the source where these attributes originate from and are hidden in. All knowledge and wisdom are found in Jesus. This was the prediction made by Isaiah: the Messiah will have the fullness of God’s Spirit upon Him in wisdom, because He is Himself God.

One of the benefits of getting older is that I have accumulated greater knowledge over the years. Imagine for just a moment how much knowledge you would have accumulated if you lived for 10,000 years. Now magnify that wisdom into an eternity of knowledge for all the ages of the universe, and you have a glimpse of the wisdom and understanding that Jesus has. I use this example as an illustration, but we must remember that God is not God because He has lived a long time and has accumulated the knowledge and wisdom which comes with time. God has been complete in all wisdom and knowledge—forever. The Bible nowhere describes God as “learning” anything.[4] He has always known everything and has not increased in knowledge because of the passing of eons of time.

This is why I personally would never seek wisdom from another human being first. I don’t look to Bible commentaries, written by men, to explain the deep things of God. The Bible is complete and contains all the answers that we need for who God is and all the knowledge that He has revealed to us about Himself. Why would anyone want to read a book written by man, or seek the council of a mere man, when the wisdom of the ages is available to us anytime night or day. The purpose of this book and all those that are written by men, is only to gain a wider perspective. The final authority however, comes from the words of God, not from men—this of course includes myself. Everything that I say, and everything that all men say, should be measured by the magnitude of God’s word. The Bible stands alone as the single source for every need that any person could have during his life. Whether it be relationships, money, work, or the deep and significant issues of eternity, there is no greater source than the Word of God, to bring us into an awareness of what is really true.

As I began to write this book and put together all of the things that I have learned over the past 41 years from the Bible, I began to realize that in studying these principles, I was learning much of what the Bible seeks to declare about God. For in these Old Testament prophecies that are fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament, we learn a great deal of the full plan of God for mankind.

In part, these prophecies and the careful study and application of them, will greatly increase a person’s awareness, regarding his personal issues. The beauty of the Word of God and the study of prophecy itself is that they make us wise and better able to resolve the really important questions of our life.

3. Understanding:

Understanding: The ability to understand something; to be able to comprehend.[5]

To have a friend who understands us, is priceless. Many times when we are going through a very difficult moment in our life, our friends or family may come to us in an attempt to bring some encouragement or comfort. We always appreciate these sincere acts of love and kindness but very often, they are not the real help that we need. What assists us the most is when we can talk to someone who not only knows us well but has also been through what we are experiencing at that moment. To talk with someone who really understands how we feel because he knows us and has also gone through the same things we are going through, this is the greatest comfort of all.

The Bible speaks of Jesus as someone who genuinely understands our frame, because He is not only God living in the body of a human being, but He also experienced all of the same difficulties and trials that we will face in our life.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but (Jesus) was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

True understanding, the ability to genuinely know what is happening in any given situation, is one of the qualities that Jesus was anointed with as our Messiah. In chapter 61 of Isaiah, he describes the work of the Messiah in the most practical and applicable terms.

Isaiah 61:1 “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…”

The quality of understanding is one of the Messiah’s greatest attributes. He is able to aid us in all of our trials, and rightly see into every situation, so that He can determine what is best for us. Jesus is not only a wonderful Savior. He knows and understands us because He has been anointed with complete understanding.

4. Counsel:

Counsel: Advice that is formally given.[6]

The prophet Isaiah wrote nearly 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, that when the Messiah arrived on earth, He would be known as a Counselor.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The Hebrew word for Counselor here is ya’ats: “One who is able to give good advise”; “a person to whom you may consult; an advocate who will deliberate with you in your situation; a guide who will take you along the correct path.” This Hebrew word is translated on 22 occasions as Counselor and always carries with it the idea of one who is an all perfect Counselor and guide, who is qualified to direct anyone in any situation of life.[7]

This is possible for Jesus because He is the Creator and the Sustainer of all things in the universe.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Who better to turn to when we have a great need, than God who made us? There is no one who could better counsel us and reveal the truth about our situation—as well as our needs, better than the one who knows everything about us. Jesus cares so deeply for your every need that He has provided solutions before a difficulty or trial occurs. If we would only seek His guidance beforehand, He will give us wise counsel that is truly in our best interest and for our ultimate and eternal happiness.

5. Might:

Might: Great and impressive power or strength.[8]

Although Jesus did not make use all of the might that He possessed as God, when He came as the Messiah to die for the sins of the world, there were a few occasions when we see His great might, as described by the scriptures.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, the soldiers who come to arrest Him saw a glimpse of His great might.

Psalms 40:14 “Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil.”

Jesus made it clear to the soldiers who came to take Him by force that they were not orchestrating His arrest—He was allowing them to take Him. Jesus assumes a position of authority by questioning the soldiers: Whom are you seeking. When they say Jesus of Nazareth, He speaks the words: I am He. At that moment, the power of the eternal name of God, I Am, causes the soldiers to fall backwards. See “Controlling His Death,”for further information.

John 18:3-6 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Jesus was in control over His life—how and when He offered it up for all of us. When He spoke the words from the cross, Into Your hand I commit my spirit, He said this to remind us that He was fulfilling the words, written by David in Psalm 31:5.

Psalms 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit….

Jesus was very careful to make sure that anyone who would read the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming Messiah would immediately realize that Jesus was the fulfillment of all that was written.

David, in describing Psalm 40:14, speaking of the Messiah, predicts precisely what would happen: Those Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward. These are the precise words of John’s testimony—which occurred when Jesus said: I am He.

As the guards come to arrest Jesus, He makes it clear that it was He who was allowing these soldiers to take Him. No one at any time, except the Father, had authority over Jesus. He was in control of the arrest, the six trials that took place during the night, and the crucifixion that occurred on the following day.

John 10:18 No one takes it (My life) from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.

When Pilate claimed to have power over Jesus to either set Him free or crucify Him, Jesus told the Roman governor that he would have no power over Him, except that had been given him from above.

John 19:10-11 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above…”

Jesus possessed the Might of creative and destructive power which is ascribed to God alone.

Picture in your mind: Jesus standing before Pilate when He informs the Roman prefect that He does not have the power to direct what the outcome of these events will be. Everything that will happen has been determined by an authority that is greater than his. The one standing before him, shackled and bleeding, has allowed Himself to be arrested, beaten and placed on the cross.

The Bible describes Jesus as the Creator who spoke the universe into existence (Colossians 1:16-17).

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The Hebrew word for created is bara, which means to make from nothing.[9] According to the words of God, He created everything which exists in the universe from nothing (ex nihilo), at a singularity described today as the “big bang.”

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Eventually, every knee will bow to Jesus and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus, the man, was anointed by the Father with all the might of God to be used whenever He chose to. He willingly set aside the use of this Might to become the sacrifice that we all needed in order to be reconciled to God. How amazing that this mighty Creator loves us all so much that He was willing to use His great power to save us instead of destroy our lives.

6. Knowledge:

Knowledge: Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.[10]

Knowledge is the accumulation of information and facts that allows a person to be informed and then exercise this knowledge in wisdom. For God, because there has never been a time when He had to learn anything, all knowledge is ascribed to Him. The fact that Jesus, as the Messiah, is predicted as in full possession of all knowledge and the receptacle of all understanding, this is the subject of this prophecy.

Colossians 2:2-3 Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

A few of the places where we see this absolute knowledge of God in the words of Jesus, is the chapter: “Prophet, Priest, and King.” Because all of the words which Jesus spoke came about exactly as He said they would, He passes the test of a true prophet of God and His words should be heeded.

There are fourteen predictions which Jesus made while He was present on the earth which have already been fulfilled. By stating these detailed prophecies and having the benefit of history to observe whether the prophecies of Jesus came to pass as He said, we can measure whether He truly has this unique quality which God alone possesses—absolute knowledge.

We also have the benefit of scriptural observation in that we can look at all the Old Testament prophecies which concern the Messiah, compare them with what Jesus said and did, and determine if He has the qualifications to be called the Messiah. Jesus was aware that He was fulfilling prophecy and that He had knowledge of future events which God alone possesses. We see proof of this when we observe how He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies which are described in the Gospels, by the words: That it might be fulfilled.

Fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14
Matthew 1:22-23 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Fulfillment of Hosea 11:1
Matthew 2:15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Fulfillment of Isaiah 11:1-2
Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4
Matthew 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

Fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1-4
Matthew 12:17-21 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

Fulfillment of Psalm 78:2
Matthew 13:35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”

Fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9
Matthew 21:4-5 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion,‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

Fulfillment of Zechariah 13:7
Matthew 26:56 “But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

Fulfillment of Psalm 22:18
Matthew 27:35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Fulfillment of Isaiah 53:1
John 12:38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”

Fulfillment of Psalm 35:19
John 15:25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, “They hated Me without a cause.”

Fulfillment of Psalm 41:9
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

Fulfillment of John 17:12 (New Testament Fulfillment)
John 18:9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”

Fulfillment of John 12:32-33 (New Testament Fulfillment)
John 18:32 that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.

Fulfillment of Psalm 22:18 (New Testament Fulfillment)
John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.

Fulfillment of Psalm 69:21
John 19:28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”

7. The Fear of the Lord:

This seventh manifestation of the Spirit of God is often overlooked or missed altogether. Perhaps it is due the manner in which it is described: The Fear of the Lord. Why would the Messiah need to fear God since He is described by the Bible as God Himself?

The phrase: Fear of the Lord, does not connote a fear of God; it defines honor for God.

We see the great honor that Jesus exhibits for the Father in His prayer, which is recorded by John in chapter 17 of his gospel. Jesus repeatedly confirms His great desire that the Father would be honored by His act of sacrifice which He is making for the sins of the world. Jesus came to be a servant to the Father in completing His will to offer salvation to all mankind. We are the only creation whom God has ever extended this offer. The angels were not given an invitation of salvation, and there is no evidence in the scriptures that any other creation was offered the gift of redemption that God presented to all human kind. Jesus came in the fear of the Lord with great admiration and respect, in order to accomplish all that God had purposed—in revealing His true nature, by the completion of Jesus’ sacrifice for sin.

The first place where the term The Fear of the Lord is seen is in 1 Samuel 11:7.

1 Samuel 11:7 So he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not go out with Saul and Samuel to battle, so it shall be done to his oxen.” And the fear of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

When King Saul discerned the awesome power of God and spread his reverence for the Lord among the people, it caused them to fear God and obey what He said.

In Psalms 19:9, the Fear of the Lord is attributed to obeying His judgements and His will, as revealed in the scriptures.

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

All of us who love the Lord also have a healthy fear of Him as the one who holds the power of life and death. Our respect for God is not based on what we might fear He could do to us if we refuse Him; our love and honor is based upon our knowledge that He is always good. We trust Him and are drawn to Him because of His kindness.

Jesus manifested completely—the fear of the Lord in His exhibition of deep respect and honor for the Father. It is by Jesus’ example that we seek to imitate this same fear of the Lord in our own lives.


[1] Seven is defined in the Bible as completion by its continued use to illustrate this meaning. Genesis shows us seven days in which the creation of the earth was completed. Revelation 10:5 reveals the Seventh Angel who blows the Seventh Trumpet with the statement, “the mystery of God is finished.” The Greek word used here for finished is Teleo, which means to complete. They Tyndale’s Bible Dictionary defines the number Seven as it is used in the Bible as follows: In Scripture, seven symbolizes completeness or perfection. On the seventh day God rested from his labors and creation is finished (Gn 2:2). Pharaoh in his dream saw seven cattle coming from the Nile (41:2). Samson’s sacred Nazirite locks were braided in seven plaits (Jgs 16:13). Seven devils left Mary of Magdala, signifying the totality of her previous possession by Satan (Lk 8:2); “seven other devils” will enter the purified but vacant life of a person (Mt 12:45). However, on the positive side, there were the seven spirits of God (Rv 3:1). In the seventh year the Hebrew slave was to be freed (Ex 21:2), having completed his time of captivity and service. Every seventh year was a sabbatical year (Lv 25:4). Seven times seven reiterates the sense of completeness. In the Year of Jubilee (at the completion of 7 x 7 years = the 50th year), all land is freed and returns to the original owners (Lv 25:10). Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, is seven times seven days after Passover. “Seventy,” which is literally “sevens” in Hebrew, strengthens the concept of perfection. There are 70 elders (Ex 24:1) in Israel. Israel was exiled to Babylon for 70 years (Jer 25:12) to complete its punishment. “Seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) reiterates this still further. The Lord was not giving Peter a mathematical number of times that he should forgive another person, but rather was insisting on limitless forgiveness for a brother’s sin.
[2] “Horn” is first mentioned in Exodus 21:29 where the Ox has power through its horn. 1 Samuel 2:10, The Lord’s power is described as His horn. Psalm 18:2, the Lord is my Rock and Fortress…my strength…the horn of my Salvation.
[3] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[4] The exception would be in Jesus when He came to earth as a baby and was required to learn everything as a human being.
[5] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[6] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[7] Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew words #3289, Englishman’s Concordance of the Old Testament.
[8] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[9] Strong’s number 1254, Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon
[10] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013