Rom. 1:11-12 – For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
The further we drift away from New Testament Christianity the less power the church has at her disposal. At first glance at the book of Acts one thing was clearly unmistakeable, Christianity was supernatural. Speaking in tongues, prophesy, spiritual gifts, visions, and dreams, as well as miracles and healings are all there in the first few chapters of Acts. One of the first events was Peter and John healing the lame man in the temple. Remember Peter’s words, “Silver and gold have I none but such as I have I give to you”. What did Peter have? He had the power of God imparted through a spiritual gift. Paul spoke about this in today’s verse, he longed to go to Rome to bring a deposit, the impartation of a spiritual gift. Here is the definition of impartation.
Impart, metadidomi: To give, share, impart, distribute, grant. The word implies liberality or generosity. It is used to exhort those with two outer tunics to give one to someone who has none (Luke 3:11); to encourage people to give with cheerful outflow (Rom. 12:8); and to urge workers to labor with industry in order to give to him who has a need (Eph. 4:28).”
What did this impartation consist of? It was a spiritual gift. Here is the definition of a spiritual gift.
Gift, charisma: 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 Spirit (12:4–10). In modern usage, a “charismatic” signifies one who either has one or more of these gifts functioning in his life, or who believes these gifts are for today’s church.
Every minister carries a variety of spiritual gifts. This is the whole basis of ministry. Ministry is not just practical tips on how to live a better life. Ministry is the impartation of God. These spiritual gifts are imparted through preaching, prophetic words, and the laying on of hands. I believe it’s time to return to New Testament church life. Our world is in need of this power, nothing else can impact our culture in its present state.