A balance of the Demonstration of the Gospel is needed.

  1. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the powerof God. 1 Corinthians 2:4, 5. NKJV.

The text reveals an apostolic priority that leadership must contend for in an era when the intellect is often deified and the “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (Greek apodeixis, Strong’s # 585) either unsought or ridiculed.

The word comes from a term used to describe actions that “exhibit or accredit, validate” a claim, a truth or a presence.  waveone third

The NT apostolic value system sought and was grateful for the Holy Spirit’s power-works, and so their manifestation is a worthy pursuit and expectation today as we declare God’s Word or testify to the lost (Mark 16:20).

We should expect manifestations of the Holy Spirit, not for show or sensation, but as means for God to validate the glory of the gospel.

1 Corinthians 1:7 says, So that you come short in no gift eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus…

Gift, Charisma, Strong’s #5486 id related to other words derived from the root char. Chara is joy, cheerfulness, delight. Charis is grace, goodwill, undeserved favor. Charisma is a gift of grace, a free gift, divine gratuity, spiritual endowment, miraculous faculty.

It is especially used to designate the gifts of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:4-10. The gifts come with the Giver of the gifts for the purpose of accompanying them who are preaching, reaching the lost. The Lord is working with and confirming the word through signs.

 

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