The Fulness of the Holy Spirit: The Power of God Within Jesus

COPYRIGHT WARNING

There is only one person in the history of the world who has vividly displayed all of the attributes of the Living God to mankind. These attributes are observed in the Life of Jesus of Nazareth in a manner that compels us to ask the question: “who is this simple carpenter?” How is it that Jesus was able to do the things that He is reported to have done, if not by supernatural power? Where did this power come from–if not from God?

Jesus:

Healed the sick.
Gave sight to the blind.
Made men walk who were crippled their entire life.
Raised people from the dead by a simple command.

The prophet Isaiah wrote 700 years before Jesus arrived on the earth that the Messiah would be anointed with 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.

We read the accounts given by Matthew in his gospel, of Jesus when He came to the Jordan river:

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.

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 has 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 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.

Isaiah the prophet describes the Messiah as 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

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.

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 so—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 (Prophecy 20), and that He 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 I have discovered in 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 had 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. 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 which 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 39 years about the Bible, I began to realize that in studying these 365 prophecies, 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 365 prophecies and the careful study and application of them will greatly increase a person’s awareness of his own 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.[4]

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 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.”[5]

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.

See Prophecy 173, for more information.

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.[6]

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 rightly 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.”[7]

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, described by Prophecy 103, 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 Prophecy 20 for further information regarding: Jesus is the Great I Am of the Old Testament.

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. Jesus allowed these evil men to crucify Him, and then He raised Himself from the dead on the third day. By the exhibition of His might as God, no one had the power to take Jesus’ life until He was ready to give it.

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 One 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.[8] 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.

How the universe began:

In the beginning there was nothing. The universe did not exist. There were no stars, or planets; not even empty space. From nothing, a tiny speck estimated at the size of an atom, contained everything that exists today in the universe, even time itself. Compressed within this unimaginably tiny particle, was all of the matter that would become stars, planets, people, and every material things that exists today.

Imagine the immense size of the present universe with an estimated number of stars in the observable universe at 300 Sextillion.[9] All this matter and the immense weight of the universe today, yet compressed into a infinitesimally small particle.

At −430th of a second, this matter increased suddenly into a light that filled the universe. The heat from this explosion was greater than the temperature at the center of the hottest star in the universe, (trillions of degrees) some hundred thousands million degrees Centigrade or 1011.[10] It was a mass of pure plasma expanding at the speed of light.

Many scientists estimate that initially, at the first moment of the big bang, there was no light at all—only a swirling opaque mass of pure energy. After this primordial mass of material had cooled and expanded to a point where its gravitational forces were reduced sufficiently to allow electromagnetic radiation to escape, it was then that light would have become visible.

The Bible describes Jesus as the agent responsible for these actions. And here, He stands before Pilate informing him that he is not really in control of anything.

With this infinite might contained within Jesus as Creator, He has the ability to generate or destroy anything by simply speaking: We can only speculate what Jesus could have done in this situation, if He chose to annihilate rather than create: Pilate and the universe itself could have ceased to exist in a massive heat death. The New Testament is full of examples where Jesus could have used His might as God to destroy those in opposition to Him. Instead, He chose to use His great power to subdue His rights as God. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the Father—giving up His life to die in order to pay for the sins of all people.

Philippians 2:7-8 but (Jesus) made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

It is amazing to consider that although Jesus was laying down His life for us as a servant, He was still Lord of the universe and in control over absolutely everything.

• The foal of a donkey submits to His authority (Matthew 21:7).
• The wind and the waves are calmed at His command (Mark 4:39).
• The dead return to life by His word (John 11:43).
• Death itself has no power over Him (John 11:25).
• Sickness and disease cannot overcome His authority (Luke 18:42).
• The demons fall at His feet in submission (Luke 4:35).
• The devil cannot defeat His wisdom and power (Matthew 4:10).
• All History cannot resist His sovereign will (Matthew 26:56).
• Every kingdom of this world will submit to His rulership (Matthew 19:28).

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.

We have the choice today to fall upon Him and be broken, or we can wait until this great Rock falls on us and we are ground to powder.

Luke 20:17-18 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone (Jesus) which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

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.[11]

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 183rd Old Testament 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 in The Predictions Jesus Made. Because all of the words which Jesus spoke came to pass 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 Prophecy 164
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 Prophecy 315
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 Prophecy 180
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 9:1-2 Prophecy 168
Matthew 4:14-16 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:

Fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4 Prophecy 240, Prophecy 241
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 Prophecy 201, 202, 203, 204
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 Prophecy 125
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 Prophecy 338
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 Prophecy 358
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 Prophecy 82
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 Prophecy 233
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 Prophecy 98, Psalm 69:4 Prophecy 114, Psalm 109:4 Prophecy 139
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 Prophecy 104
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 Prophecy 119
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.


NOTES:
[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] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[5] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[6] Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew words #3289, Englishman’s Concordance of the Old Testament.
[7] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[8] Strong’s number 1254, Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon
[9] Vergano, Dan (1 December 2010). “Universe holds billions more stars than previously thought”. USA Today. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
[10] Steven Weinberg; The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe; (Basic Books,1988); p 5.
[11] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013