Is The Holy Spirit Charismatic?

The word “Charismatic” is from the Greek word “Kharisma,” which means “favor freely given” or “gift of grace.” Charisma is the instantaneous enablement of the Holy Spirit in the life of any believer to exercise a gift for the edification of others.

Charis is the Greek word for “grace.” When the “ma” is put at the end of “charis,” it simply means “gift.” And yet some have taken this word charismatic and put a totally different meaning to it. However, the Bible definition means “grace gifted.” All believers are charismatic. All believers have gifts, given by God, by grace.

1 Corinthians 12:1 – Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: It’s sad to say, but a lot of believers are ignorant about the Holy Spirit because they are not being taught. This does not mean stupid, it simply means they have not understood.

Spiritual gifts – “Pneumatikos”: empowered by breath or wind (mighty rushing wind). So concerning gifts, that are powered by the breath of God. These are gifts that we can only move in that we allow the Holy Spirit to breathe in us.

None of us should be ignorant of the gifts that God has given us. However, some were never taught or were taught in error and have become afraid of certain words like “Pentecostal” or “Charismatic.”

We can put the gifts of the Holy Spirit into four categories: The motivational gifts (Romans 12); the manifestational gifts (1 Corinthians 12); the ministry gifts (1 Corinthians 14); and the ministerial gifts (Ephesians 4), and these are gifts of Jesus, apostles, pastors, prophets, evangelist, and teacher.

This study is on the manifestational gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are 9:

1 Corinthians 12:7 – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (Verse 8) for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit (Romans 15:14), (Verse 9) to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, (Verse 10) 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. (Verse 11) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

I’ve heard people go around telling others, “I have the gift of …” Please don’t do that! The Holy Spirit is the One that has all these gifts. He is the One that distributes to each one for the profit of all. We can minister in the word of knowledge at any time that the Holy Spirit allows us to do so. 

The Discerning Gifts

a) The word of knowledge – a word of knowledge is to know something specific without having learned it by natural means. Example: When Jesus talked to the woman at the well, whom He’s never met before, and told her to go call her husband and she said, “I don’t have a husband.” Then Jesus told her that she was correct because she’s had five and the one you are with now is not your husband. That’s the word of knowledge.

b) Discerning of spirits – to be made aware of the presence of a demonic spirit. Has this ever happened to you? It has to me and it’s overpowering! This happened when there was a girl following the Apostle Paul around and saying that “These men are the servants of the most high,” but she was a fortune teller. Yes, she was saying the right thing, but Paul didn’t want a witch confirming their ministry! Paul knew it was a demon and cast it out of her.

This gift is not called “Discernment” as some like to say! This is the gift of the “discerning of spirits!” There is no gift of discernment in the Bible. That is made up! Most people that say, “I have the gift of “discernment” actually have the gift of “Criticism! They like to criticize others.

The Declarative Gifts

This is using the tongue to declare.

a) Prophecy: A message of encouragement from God through a person. This is a person that speaks edification, exhortation, and comfort. It never says, “Correction!” The New Testament spiritual gift of prophecy is encouragement. There are many people who go around correcting others and then put, “Thus says the Lord” at the end of it. This is not the gift of prophecy! That’s pretty scary to put, “Thus says the Lord” when the Lord didn’t say it!

b) Tongues: A message from God in a language unknown to the person through whom the message comes. This is talking about the manifestation of tongues, not a prayer language. 

All of these gifts listed are for today, contrary to what some say. There are boundaries to this gift though. One boundary is: If you are speaking in tongues and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, they are going to think you are crazy. So it’s best to be in a body of all believers to have this gift presented and the interpretation of tongues.

c) Interpretation of Tongues: Understanding and expressing the thought or the intent of the message in tongues. This is the “interpretation” of tongues, not the translation! Interpretation is expressing the thought or intent of what the person just said. The translation is word for word what the person said. 

1 Corinthians 14:5 – I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

Prophesying is greater unless its interpreted and then it’s the same! Here’s what Paul is saying, “I wish you all would encourage each other!” Just keep in mind: Interpretation is not word for word so what is spoken may be long or short and the interpretation could be long or short also. It’s the thought or intent of the message.

The Dynamic Gifts

You shall receive dynamic, explosive, power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

a) Faith: A supernatural impartation of belief and confidence for a specific situation. This is not talking about faith in general. This manifestation of faith is supernatural. It’s when we are in a crisis or a very difficult time and the Holy Spirit gives us such overwhelming faith that we know that we are going to get through it with God’s help.

b) Gifts of Healings: Supernatural endowments of divine health. This doesn’t mean that a person can go around and everyone they pray for gets healed. No one owns these gifts, the Holy Spirit does and distributes them as He sees fit.

c) Working of Miracles: Divine intervention that alters our natural circumstances. How in the world could anyone ever believe that miracles are not for today? God can’t stop doing miracles because He can’t stop being God! He did miracles all through the Bible so why would He ever stop? If you’ve been saved, you’ve had a miracle! 

We must believe to receive!


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