Young people often are curious about the book of Revelation, which makes a fascinating Bible study topic. One aspect of that last book of the Bible that’s worthy of exploration is the 7 spirits of God. These spirits receive multiple mentions in the book of Revelation, and they’re named in Isaiah.
The 7 spirits of God are sometimes tied to spiritual prophecies—and even numerology, symbolism, and colors. Use care when choosing resources related to this topic, seeking advice from your senior pastor when in doubt. Then pray that God’s Holy Spirit will guide your teaching of this fascinating subject.
What are the 7 Spirits of God?
“The seven Spirits” are mentioned in Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6. Some people interpret them to be the sevenfold ministry of the Holy Spirit set forth in Isaiah 11:2-3. Those verses read: “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.”
So the 7 Spirits of God are:
- The Spirit of the Lord
- The Spirit of Wisdom
- The Spirit of Understanding
- The Spirit of Counsel
- The Spirit of Might
- The Spirit of Knowledge
- The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
7 Resources About the 7 Spirits of God
Numerous websites offer biblical insights about the 7 spirits of God. Check out these seven options, and use the material that best fits with your church’s teachings. Also be sure to adapt the information, as necessary, for the ages of your youth group kids.
This helpful article from the Gospel Coalition offers a thorough look at the 7 spirits of God. The author reminds readers that Revelation’s apocalyptic nature should impact how we study it.
David Schrock connects the Revelation and Isaiah passages to Paul’s teachings about the Spirit of God in 1 Corinthians.