The Great Helper Series: Is the Holy Spirit Charismatic?

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Is the Holy Spirit Charismatic

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Charismatic comes from the Greek work Charisma.

The Charismatic Movement began in the 1960s and is similar to Pentecostalism in beliefs and practices. Fundamental to the movement is the use of spiritual gifts (charismata). Charisma is the immediate enablement of the Holy Spirit in the life of any believer to exercise a gift for the edification of others.

Charis = grace
Charisma = gift
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:1-7, every believer has a spiritual gift, this makes us charismatic.

Don’t be misinformed about the Holy Spirit and the gifts He imparts. Paul uses the Greek word Pneumatikos which means empowered by breath or wind; a mighty rushing wind. Paul is actually saying, “Now concerning gifts that are empowered by the breath of God…”

There are 4 categories of gifts:

Motivational gifts and Manifestational gifts: 1 Corinthians 12
Ministry fits: 1 Corinthians 14
Ministerial gifts: Ephesians 4:11-13

Our focus will be on the manifestational gifts – charisma.

Read 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 which speaks about each spiritual gift.

The Holy Spirit imparts these spiritual gifts as is fitting to each of us. If we are filled and obedient to the Holy Spirit He will use us with these fits as the opportunity arises.

There are nine gifts generally divided into 3 categories:

1. Discerning gifts

a) Word of knowledge

“To know something specific without having learned it by natural means.”

In the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 we see Jesus using this gift in the power of the Holy Spirit.

b) Word of wisdom

“A divine answer or solution for a particular event.”

In John 9 – the blind man used a word of wisdom when he answered the religious leaders.

c) Discerning of spirits

‘To be made aware of the presence of a demonic spirit.”

In Acts 16 the girl following Paul was saying the right words, but from a demonic spirit… she was a fortune teller.

NOTE: This gift is not called discernment – it is discerning of spirits.

2. The declarative GIFTS

All three use the tongues to declare.

a) Prophecy

“A message of encouragement from God through a person.”

One who prophecies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort, 1 Cor. 14:31. The gift is not for correction under the New Testament. In first 1 Corinthians 14:5 Paul is saying “I wish you all encouraged each other.”

b) Tongues

“A message from God in a language unknown to the person through whom the message comes.”

This is the manifestation of tongues and not tongues as a prayer language.

I believe there are three reasons for tongues:

  1. Initial evidence for Baptism of Holy Spirit
  2. Prayer language
  3. A message in tongues

1 Corinthians 14 gives guidelines for the message in tongues.

c) Interpretation of tongues

“Understanding and expressing the thought or the intent of the message in tongues.”

It is the interpretation of tongues and not the translation. Translation is word per word.

3. The dynamics gifts

Jesus said in, Acts 1:8

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

Power – Dynamis/ Dunamis; means explosive power.

In English we get the word dynamite from the Greek word Dunamis.

a) Faith

“A supernatural impartation of belief and confidence for a specific situation.”

This gift isn’t the everyday faith we have in Jesus. This is faith to do things out of the norm.

E.g. You may be going through a difficult time and suddenly you receive a burst of faith that gives you the assurance that all will be well.

b) Gifts of healings (plural)

“Spiritual gifts of divine health.”

This is not a gift that God gives to a ministry so that he/she can heal others. This is a gift of the Spirit that comes on the person who is sick.

c) Working of miracles

“Divine intervention that alters our natural circumstances.”

We have all experienced a miracle at some point in our lifetime. Some we do not even know took place. God will never stop doing miracles, because He cannot stop being God.

Let’s give the Holy Spirit opportunity to work in our lives.

Every believer can move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works for the edification, the building-up, of the Body of Christ and He is no respecter of persons.

“Lord what are you saying to me today?”

Is the Holy Spirit Charismatic

This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on June 17, 2018 at New Life Christian Church


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