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There is a difference between the nine gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 (word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues), and the seven mantles of the Spirit in Isaiah 11 (the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirits of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord). These mantles are the seven Spirits of God that rest on Jesus.

Jesus didn’t operate in the word of wisdom, one of the gifts of the Spirit; He operated in the Spirit of wisdom. He didn’t operate in the gift of healing. The Spirit of the Lord anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power and it remained on Him (Luke 4:18). It was a mantle that didn’t lift. The gifts of the Spirit are distributed evenly to each one as the Spirit wills. What does that imply? They come and go. The seven Spirits didn’t come and go on Jesus. They were always there abiding with Him.

The Spirit of wisdom is a lot different from a word of wisdom. The Spirit of wisdom is a constant river of wisdom and revelation as opposed to one word. Picture all of God’s wisdom represented as an endless ocean of marbles. If He gives you one, that’s a word of wisdom. But the Spirit of wisdom is the ever- increasing flowing river coming from the divine ocean of wisdom proceeding from God, the One who possesses all wisdom. That’s what rested on Jesus.

Do you remember the story of Nathanael and the fig tree? Imagine Nathanael’s delight when he finally realized just how open heaven was—when Jesus gave him a word of knowledge about where Nathanael had been earlier. It amazed him that Jesus knew, and Nathanael’s faith took a huge leap.

Then Jesus replied, in effect saying to Nathanael, “This isn’t about a word of knowledge. You will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon Me. I am not just getting a gift of the Spirit; I am an open heaven. I am a portal; heaven ascends from me and descends again. Twenty-four hours a day I am a gate of heaven with wisdom and revelation. I am the open heaven of Genesis 28:12–16! I am Jacob’s ladder set up on the earth to heaven. There is free access between heaven and earth with Me. That is who I am” (John 1:49–51 author’s paraphrase).

The Spirit of God dwells in us, but He also comes on us from time to time. There is a day coming when we are going to operate in these mantles. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon us, and abide in us, and it won’t be fleeting or temporary.

Instead of “Wow, I had one word of knowledge this week!” it’s going to be a flowing river of wisdom in every circumstance. It’s going to be there all the time! The Spirit of the Lord will rest, remain, and abide on us.

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