Most of us will agree that the number 7 (seven) stands for God’s number of completion (also perfection or fullness), according to biblical meaning. In this teaching, we will share and bring our readers an understanding on the process of completeness from our works unto perfection; but first, we will look at some passages in scripture relating to the number 7 / completion / perfection. Talking in the biblical sense; when something is brought unto completion, it has been perfected; therefore we will look at the number 7 both as perfection and completion.
Jesus has the 7 Spirits of God, which we see in the book of Revelation5:6. It shows God’s perspective expression that Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Father and the One Supreme God of all (John3:34). ‘…God does not give the Spirit by measure’ (also Col.2:9 – ‘For in Him [The Holy Spirit] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.’). The Spirit of God is given in fullness and has no limitations in producing God’s perfection. However, the comprehension of those who receive the Spirit is limited due to fleshly limitations such as the understanding of mankind (which is the soul that was saved at salvation); but through diligently seeking the guidance and teaching of the Spirit, He will lead you closer and closer unto perfection and completeness in Christ Jesus. We have many believers in the world; yet every believer is at a certain spiritual level – which of course are subjected to your level of their submission.
Now I want you to remember what the Bible says in 1John4:17; ‘As He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world.’ Look, God sees us this way now; and therefore we can also understand through biblical and revelational insight that we had already received the ability to be like Jesus; complete and full. This is God’s Word in all simplicity to us, not mine, so ponder carefully on this – for if God sees us in that manner now; He also wants us to make the attempt now to be the way He sees us. As God sees us through the eyes of faith in this manner, we also must see ourselves through the eyes of faith in this manner as we gaze into the perfect Word of God.
Other Biblical expressions of the number 7 is also seen in Revelation5:6; the 7 eyes which represents fullness and completion of spiritual vision. As a man, Jesus had 20/20 vision; but through the Spirit He had an all around 360 degree sight of both the physical and spiritual realm. Although spiritual eyes / sight gives us the ability to see in the spirit realm, Jesus possesses the fullness thereof. Spiritual eyes gives the ability to see into the spiritual realm, and everyone possess these; just as everyone possess physical eyes – yet not everyone can see with it. Spiritual eyes must be open – however, Jesus possess the fullness of all seeing spiritual eyes. No wonder the Bible says that He knows the plans He has for us… that we might have an expected end (Jer.29:11). Many passages in scripture speaks of and encourage us to see with the eyes of the Spirit.
Another significant use of the number 7 is also mention in Revelation5:6, the 7 horns; which once again is mentioned of Jesus in fullness / completion / perfection.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt,28:18). All the authority has been given to Jesus by the Father; and it is recorded in that only Jesus can open the scroll of judgment as seen in Revelation chapter 5 – which contains the 7 Seals (cpt.6), 7 Trumpets (cpt.8), and 7 Bowls (cpt.15) …of judgments.
Revelation as well as other books speaks of the 7 lamps or lamp stands with 7 candles; which represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is the baptism of the Holy Spirit that purifies the body of Christ. Symbolically, the 7 candles upon the lamp stand purify the church – fire is used to purify metal and brings it to perfection. Fire is also used to test the works of saints (1Cort.3:13). Furthermore, the power of the Spirit is demonstrated through those who are baptized by the Spirit.
In the Spirit when we are baptized, it is said that we are baptized by fire (Matt.3:11), speaking symbolically of being made pure; however, in the physical we are baptized by water as a symbol of faith of our salvation and receiving of Christ. Both these are symbolic to the use of either fire or water. Both fire and water is the most powerful elements of nature – yet, water can put fire out or extinguish it, but fire can also boil and evaporate water, dispersing into thin air. In the physical, water cleanses and purifies physical things. Like we see in 2Kings5 when Elisha sent Naaman to dip 7 times in the Jordan river, being completely healed – 7 times being obedient to the words of the prophet brought him to complete healing. Water was used as a symbolic element to bring the miraculous into manifestation. Lastly, Acts 1:8 says: ‘You shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit comes upon you…’ Here the power of the Holy Spirit is speaking of authority, which we see in Christ Jesus in our earlier examinations of scripture speaking about the 7 horns.
The 7 Spirits of God (Rev.5:6) is contained in One Holy Spirit and will / can manifest in 7 distinct ways in the believer’s life.
It is upon allowing the Spirit to do these 7 works in our lives and with us that He will bring us into completeness with God; to His perfection and the likeness of Jesus Christ Who Himself is perfect – being the expression of the fullness of the Spirit.
Below we show 7 manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the Believer’s Life; which also leads to the Seven Fold Works of Perfection:
…In all these, we have a responsibility to work with and co-work these works.
Just before we continue on this note, remember what the Bible teaches us in Ephesians 4:11-12 (please see quoted); these are given ‘For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.’ This and what we are about to share works hand-in-hand to the fullness and completion of our faith in God.
1) The Spirit of Justification:
We are justified in the Name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (Rom.5:11). Also see 1Cort.12:3 / 1Cort.6:11.
2) The Spirit of Sanctification:
2Thess.2:13; “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” – the separation of sin; which is a process every believer needs to endure.
3) The Spirit of Life:
Rom.8:2; “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” – We have been adopted and made sons and daughters of God. (Rom.8:16-19). Living in the resurrection of Jesus and through the Holy Spirit Who is alive in us (Rom.8:11).
4) The Spirit of Truth:
John14:17; “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” – It reveals Jesus to those that believes (John15:26). Deception removed and lies destroyed as we see through the Spirit all things hid, being exposed in the light of the Word.
5) The Spirit of Wisdom:
Eph.1:17; “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” (also see James1:5) – Giving insights to think and act like Jesus (1Cort.2:6-16). The Holy Spirit is the only One Who can teach us wisdom (John14:26).
6) The Spirit of Deliverance:
Matt.12:28; “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” – By the Spirit we are delivered from sin and darkness into righteousness and light. Signs shall follow us who believes, signs of deliverance as seen in Mark 16:17-18.
7) The Spirit of Prayer:
Eph.6:18; “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” – All prayers should be done in the Spirit.
It is important that as we have shared these points, we also ponder on them; soaking our spirit and soul in these words so we may also profit from the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal.5:22-25).
As we saw in this teaching; 7 stands for completion. I believe as the Bible relates to us, that at the completion and perfection of the church, the rapture will take place (for Jesus will return for a ready people). The rapture will lead us to a new beginning which is signified in the number 8; and after the 7 years of judgment of the earth, we will come unto the number 9 which is symbolic to devine completeness, which conveys finality – this is the coming of the new Jerusalem.
Of course, there is still more, but for now I want to leave you with this though:
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Gen.49:10). The name Shiloh is a Hebrew name meaning: The one to whom it belongs – speaking of Jesus. Remember, Jesus is coming again; He is coming for a ready people, those who came unto completeness of their faith.
This concludes our study on the 7 fold works of perfection; which also explains other important aspects of the Christian life leading unto completeness. We will share next week a teaching with profound insights on the Gates of the Kingdom; which will give you a step-by-step explanation of the Christian life cycle through the 10 gates of Jerusalem and their purposes in our life (it has been previously publish, but will give you much more understanding on what we have share in this segment) – be sure not to miss it next week; same place, same time. Till then, stay blessed!
Teaching by Evang./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
Gospel Addicts Global
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