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What is the Magic Word?

Del Potter, M.A.A.

September 13th, 2020

Twitter: @delology

Reason For Concern

Remember those TV specials back in the 80-90’s starring David Copperfield the magician? I sure do! I remember being so infatuated with all the glitz and glamour of the costumes, the light shows, the disappearing acts, and escaping underwater graves. My most favorite magic trick of all was when David Copperfield, after having been blindfolded, would pick a “random” audience member and would proceed to describe to them everything there was to know about that person except their thoughts! I was mystified to say the least.

Years ago David Copperfield was asked in a Canadian magazine interview to reflect back on his many magical contributions and to describe how he has been able to pull off so many stunts through the years that have seemed to appear so real. He quickly responded by saying “First thing’s first-it’s not really magic, it is an illusion and it only appears to be real as to entertain and confuse the eye long enough to convince the mind that it is really happening!”

Reason For Truth

Unfortunately, we see this taking place in some of our churches today. After a riveting motivational speech and a musical concert type performance, a fancy dressed preacher tells his or her audience that somebody there is hurting, or someone there has financial difficulties and that if you give to the “harvest” the Lord will “magically” plant a seed of jubilee! But is this what spiritual gifts such as the word of wisdom and knowledge really mean? And what does the Bible have to say about all this?

In the beginning of 1 Corinthians chapter 12, Paul warns his audience about the ignorance of spiritual gifts and states that these gifts, talents, and ministries are of the same spirit and of the same Lord. If this is so, then we are truly called by one hope, one faith, and one baptism through the measure of Christ’s gift individually (Ephesians 4:4-7). Christ’s spiritual gift to the individual (not the denomination) is the Holy Spirit.

…for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8).

“To one is given the word….another the same word.” The Greek meaning for “word” is Logo`s. In John 1:1 the writer describes the Logo`s (word) as being with and declaring that the word is God and that it became flesh (vs.14). The Logo`s literally means the identity of God (where we get Logo) which was manifested in Jesus Christ and then left as comforter through the Holy Spirit for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Paul therefore is declaring that the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge are just that; wisdom and knowledge in His written word.

It is a gift when someone possessing a word of wisdom is able to give kind and gentle words of comfort and biblical insight to a hurting person because they themselves have hurt (2 Corinthians 1:4). It is a gift when someone possessing the word of knowledge is able to teach and give understanding those who struggle with Biblical interpretation, Biblical concepts, and to understand the original Biblical language that would otherwise prevent them from having a knowledge and belief in Jesus Christ our Lord (1Peter 3:15). Now that is what I call THE true magic word!

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