Concordia Theological Monthly

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spirit-baptism, Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, baptized, charismatic, glossolalia, pentecost, new testament, st. paul, early church, jerusalem, prophetic

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The two subjects in the title fall into the difficult area of Pneumatology and are prompted by what is called the modern "charismatic" or "Pentecostal" movement. Both subjects deal with the exceptional gifts of the Holy Spirit in the early church usually called "charisms" (charismata). Strictly speaking all gifts of the Spirit are supernatural, Spirit-given, hence charismatic, so, for example, also the three basic endowments granted to all Christians: faith, hope, love. In the following notes, for the sake of convenience, we shall call the exceptional gifts (for example, "speaking in tongues" and "prophecy") "charismatic," and the spiritual endowments granted to all baptized believers we shall calls "normal."


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 13:8-9; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28-30; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-33; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Acts 1:4-5; Luke 24:49; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 11:15-17;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars