SPIRIT OF HOLINESS
The 7 Spirits of God, spoken of in the Book of Revelation, are sent forth through all the earth to affect God's purposes: Throughout scripture there are various references to specific spirits sent by God that impact or anoint people. A majority of writers have focused on the messianic text of Isaiah 11 as the key to the 7 Spirits taken from one single location:
following texts suggest the profound,
wondrous attributes of A Holy God which
are beyond our ability to express; being
so high above human understanding and
experience, in wisdom, power and holiness.
55:8,9) For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,
saith the LORD. For as the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts
than your thoughts.
The Commonly Taught Understanding of
the Seven Spirits
11:2) 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.
Spirit of Holiness:
I would call your attention to the graphic above; The Spirit of Holiness, Fear of the Lord, is the center pipe of the menorah typology. It is the source and wellspring, from which all other anointing "branches" emminate. Thus any and all of the other interacting Spirits of God come forth out of and are affected of "flavored" by the Spirit of Holiness.
It is this first cause anointing that separates truth from error and deception. It adds God's Holiness to the operation and action of any and all of the Spiritual gifts. (1Corinthians 12) The Spirit of Holiness separates itself from all false doctrines and idolatrous religions. God's ways are perfect because the Spirit of Holiness is pure and undefiled, free from pollution and admixture. The purity of the oil that supplied the lamp stand attests to the perfection of the Holy One. Jesus declared "abide in the Vine - - the branch can not bear fruit of itself, nor can you unless you abide in me." (John 15:4) All of the enablements and actions of the Spirit of God flows from that vine. It is the "vine" from which the God's enablements derive. The words and actions of Jesus are not his own but he does what the Father does, and says what the Father says. (John 8 and various)
Though there are numerous listings of the Spirit of Holiness it is hard to account it strictly as an anointing but as the source of all Godly virtue. Where other anointings find expression in action and word, the spirit of Holiness finds expression in inaction and awed reverence. This anointing is discovered in the deepest levels of worship when the things of this world diminish and God's presence invades the world of darkness and vanity. The closer we come to experiencing God face to face the more this power is revealed. No man can see God and live. We can perceive the merest glimpse and survive. God is Holy and so far above all that is human and mundane to be indescribable. The human 'son of man' who finds himself or herself in the proximity of God becomes as "one who is dead". In this state we do not think, we do not speak, we do not carry on with any of the normal human senses, we are incapacitated toward any action but fear and awe. God only releases us to return to the world of flesh and material limitations.
True Worship is encompassed by the Spirit of Holiness. There is little that any created or begotten creature can do in the manifested presence of God other than to fall before him in total "awe-full" submission.
The Spirit of Holiness provides understanding to the phrase "fear of the Lord." Encounters with the Lord as depicted by Ezekiel, Isaiah, John and others describe the son of man falling as dead in His presence, in the Holy of Holies His awesome power is manifested; no priest can stand to minister; the angels cry 'holy'.
elders and patriarchs bow in surrender,
the earth trembles before him; every
living thing waits breathlessly
before Him in silence.
The power of God through the Holy Spirit makes the experience of God's Holy presence a reality and supplies the child of God with a taste of that which is entirely from God. No eye has seen nor hear has heard what God has prepared for those who love Him. But now it is revealed by the Holy Spirit.- - 1Corinthians 2:9