July 20, 2014

Are You Charimatic? – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16 NKJV)

“Charisma,” is a word we hear quite often today along with the related term, “Charismatic.” The popular use distorts the original meaning beyond recognition. For example, we are told that successful preachers need “charisma,” or a politician must have a “charismatic” personality. In some circles, the term “charismatic” usually refers of the practice of babbling incoherently, known as “speaking in tongues.”

None of these usages have anything to do with scriptural concepts, certainly not the inspired words associated with this terminology.

The usage associated with “speaking in tongues” comes from the fact that in New Testament times, when the New Testament was being revealed, the Holy Spirit used the ability to speak in languages the speaker has not studied, in order to confirm the miraculous origin of new revelation. Speaking in tongues was a “gift” of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:1, 28). The Greek word is “χάρισμα,” (charisma, charismatos). It does not mean “tongues.” It has nothing to with an outgoing and articulate temperament. It simply means “gift.” A classic example being, Romans 6:23. “…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Charisma is derived from the word charis, from which we get our word, “charity.” “Charis” means “grace” and is usually translated that way. For example, in the verse with which we began we are told that if the “word of Christ dwell[s] in us richly,” we will be “singing with grace in [our] hearts.” Just a few verses down Paul admonishes us to “let your speech be always with grace.” (Colossians 4:6) Then Paul concludes the Colossian epistle with: “Grace be with you. Amen” (Colossians 4:18).

Paul teaches that if we have true grace in our hearts, this will produce grace in our speech, and as a result the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ will always be with us! This is a truly charismatic person, charismatic with true charisma! This person is a gracious person—one to whom…

“…God is able to make all grace abound…so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;” (II Corinthians 9:8)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris


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