Keep ablaze, stir up, kindle afresh, fan into flames the gift of God that is in you.
Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God/charisma that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 HCSB
Although Paul was urging Timothy to keep ablaze the gift of God in him, we can apply it in our own walk in the Lord. Each of us needs that exhortation, especially in our trying times. Today, in America, Christians are scorned, mocked and ridiculed by nearly half or our population. In some countries, many are scourged, imprisoned or killed because they proclaim Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior and Lord. Yes, we are to keep ablaze the gift of God/charisma that is in us.
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift/charisma, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11 NASB Cf. 2 Peter 3
The Greek word for charisma is used in 6 other verses in the New Testament. From the NASB, they are as follows:
For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift/charisma to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:11-12
But the free gift/charisma is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace/charis of God and the gift/dōrea by the grace/chariti of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. Romans 5:15
The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift/charisma arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Ro 5:16-17
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift/charisma of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23
Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But this I say by way of concession, not of command. Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift/charisma from God, one in this manner, and another in that. 1 Corinthians 7:1-7
…you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor/charisma bestowed on us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11
Do not neglect the spiritual gift/charismatos within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery [elders]. 1 Timothy 4:14
Jeremiah wrote of prophetic utterance:
- LORD, you have persuaded me, and I was persuaded.
- You are stronger than I, and have prevailed.
- I have become a laughingstock all day.
- Everyone mocks me.
- For as often as I speak, I cry out;
- I cry, “Violence and destruction!”
- because the LORD’s word has been made a reproach to me,
- and a derision, all day.
- If I say, I will not make mention of him,
- or speak any more in his name,
- then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones.
- I am weary with holding it in.
- I can’t. Jeremiah 20:7-9 WMB Emphasis added
Unlike the Old Testament prophets who were given hard words to give to the people, New Testament prophets are primarily given words of edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Cor 14:3).
Judy and I have been richly blessed through prophetic utterance and laying on of hands. They have fired us up in our walk in Christ.
Prophetic utterance and laying on of hands imparts blessing, healing, spiritual gifts and sets saints in their spiritual role.
Laying on of hands imparts God’s blessing. Think of a mother conveying her love by tenderly touching and cuddling her baby. Or, one who is comforting a mourner at a funeral. Or, hands laid and blessings spoken at baptism. God’s Old Covenant people spoke a blessing to their children every Sabbath. Jesus took little children in His arms and blessed them (Mt 19:13-15). Paul wrote and spoke many blessings. We can bless one another with them. Fellow saints blessed Paul (Acts 15:40).
Laying on of hands or touching imparts healing. Mt 8:3; Mk 1:41; Lk 5:13; Mt 9:18; Mt 9:29-30; Mr 6:5; Mk 7:32-35; Mk 16:18; Lk 4:40; Lk 13:13; James 5:14.
Laying on of hands imparts spiritual gifts. Acts 8:17; Acts 9:17; Acts 19:1-6: Acts 28:8; Ro 1:11; Ro 12:6; 1 Cor 1:4-9; 1 Cor 12:1-13.
Laying on of hands sets people in their role in the body of Christ. Acts 13:1-3; 1 Tim 4:14; 1 Tim 5:22; 2 Tim 1:6; 2 Tim 1:14
If you aren’t congregating where the Holy Spirit often moves in those ways, go find such a congregation. If someone of something is holding you where you congregate, stay there, but find a home group where the Holy Spirit often moves in that way. Or, gather like motivated believers you know and trust in your home and ask your Father in heaven to bless your gathering with that flow of the Holy Spirit.
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. 2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB
Fearfulness Jn 14:27; Ro 8:14-17.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph 3:14-21
Cf. Power Lk 1:35; Lk 4:14; Lk 24:49; Ac 1:8; Act 4:33; Ro 15:13; Ro 15:17-19; 1Co 2:4-5; Eph 1:15-23; 1Th 1:5.
Cf. Love Ro 5:5; 1Co 13.
Sound Judgment-sound mind
But you must say the things that are consistent with sound teaching. Older men are to be level headed, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance. In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.
In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled in everything. Titus 2:1-7a HCSB
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May peace and love, with faith, be with the brothers [and sisters], from God the Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah! May grace/charis be with all who sincerely love the Lord Jesus, the Messiah! Eph 6:23-24 WMB