Joy, grace, forgiveness, and charisma

Part 1 — Chairō

Chairō is a particularly interesting because it is the root word for two distinct concepts in the Christian faith.

G5463 — χαίρω — chairō — khah’ee-ro

A primary verb; to be full of “cheer”, that is, calmly happy or well off; impersonal especially as a salutation (on meeting or parting), be well: – farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hail, joy (-fully), rejoice.

Let’s explore the etymology of these words and how they relate to the Christian walk.

Part 2 — Chara (Joy)

One of the more prominent roots is in the fruit of the Spirit joy:

G5479 — χαρά — chara — khar-ah’

From G5463; cheerfulness, that is, calm delight: – gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy (chara), peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

All Christians are called bear the fruits of joy that will exude in our lives as a witness all others.

Part 3 — Charis (Grace)

However, the really interesting parallel is that of it’s reference to grace.

G5485 — χάρις — charis — khar’-ece

From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

Romans 5:15 But [j]the free gift 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 by the grace (charis) of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression [k]resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions [l]resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace (charis) and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead [f]in our transgressions, made us alive together [g]with Christ (by grace (charis) you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace (charis) in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace (charis) you have been saved through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The gift of grace that we have received from God is intimately connected with joy. I believe this is why Jesus says that His burden is light. Those of us who have received salvation have the weight of sin lifted up off our souls and we rejoice in Him that offered the gift freely to us. While we were still yet sinners.

Part 4 — charizomai (forgiveness)

One of the offshoots of charis is charizomai which is used in context of forgiveness.

G5483 — χαρίζομαι — charizomai — khar-id’-zom-ahee

Middle voice from G5485; to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue: – deliver, (frankly) forgive, (freely) give, grant.

Luke 7:40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he [ad]replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred [ae]denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave (charizomai) them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave (charizomai) more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgaving (charizomai) each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven (charizomai) [x]you.

The concepts of grace and joy are intimately connected with being forgiven. This is not surprising in the least, and it also extends to the forgiveness that we freely should give to others as the Father has forgiven us.

There are actually two words that Jesus uses for forgiveness, the other being aphiēmi (G863) which is different in context. Aphiēmi refers to the context of the act of the laying aside or remission of sins, whereas charizomai talks about the forgiveness of sins in the context of that which we have received freely and to give freely.

Part 5 — charitoō (highly favored)

The Catholics may also recognized charitoō which is one of the pillars for the Immaculate Conception. It’s only used one other time in the Scriptures aside from Mary.

G5487 — χαριτόω — charitoō — khar-ee-to’-o

From G5485; to grace, that is, indue with special honor: – make accepted, be highly favoured.

Luke 1:28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [u]favored one (charitoō)! The Lord [v]is with you.”

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before [d]Him. In love 5 [e]He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the [f]kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed (charitoō) on us in the Beloved.

As a Protestant I can see how the connection is made here to take it all the way to birth, but it seems tenuous to me. However, that’s neither here or there as it is not critical to salvation, but it is something to look at if you are interested.

The important thing to note is that all Christians are highly favored by God and included in the inheritance of of Jesus.

Part 6 — charisma (gift)

Charisma is defined in Strong’s as:

G5486 — χάρισμα — charisma — char’-is-mah

From G5483; a (divine) gratuity, that is, deliverance (from danger or passion); (specifically) a (spiritual) endowment, that is, (subjectively) religious qualification, or (objectively) miraculous faculty: – (free) gift.

Here are some of the select Scriptures from the Bible which talk about charisma as it relates to Christians.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for [h]until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a [i]type of Him who was to come. 15 But [j]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 of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression [k]resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift (charisma) arose from many transgressions [l]resulting in justification.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift (charisma) of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things [f]is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of [g]prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift (charisma), employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so [h]as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving [i]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.

I think charisma is the most interesting Greek word reference given that many game sources such as Heartiste say that game is applied charisma, and that it is one of the important concepts of the masculexicon from the Red Pill Room.

Charisma — A primary attraction cue for both men and women.  In men, Charisma involves projecting an attitude of calm self-assuredness combined with confidence and “coolness” — lack of perturbability.

Likewise, the common definition of charisma is similar:

cha·ris·ma kəˈrizmə

1. compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others. (“she enchanted guests with her charisma” synonyms: charm, presence, personality, force of personality, strength of character;)
2. a divinely conferred power or talent.

If you can spot the irony you are not alone.

Charisma is the gift of grace to us from God. And by the same measure that we have that gift of grace, we as Christians are also to pour out by our actions and deeds into others. Because of this gift we don’t have to fear the world, but have assuredness and confidence in what God has called us to do in Him. We should not be perturbed by world.

This is the difference between the charisma of self (game) and the charisma that we freely receive from God and are to give to others.

All of these words tie together into one of the most important pillars in the Christian walk. It shouldn’t be any surprise to say that those who are walking the Christian walk will exude joy because of their faith, freely receive and freely give the grace that God has given us, forgive as He has forgiven us, know that we are highly favored by God, and will develop a charasmatic personality.

For men that includes growing into godly masculinity.

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24 Responses to Joy, grace, forgiveness, and charisma

  1. It’s really quite amazing how much clarity comes to basic Christian Theology with just looking at the Greek & the way concepts interrelate. It’s been quite an enjoyable walk through the Bible in this journey, with you, DS.

  2. padre98 says:

    Hmm, Charismata also meant “Annointed to perform”, a different concept from charisma per se.

    You are quite correct, “charisma” in the game sense is far far different from the concept in the Biblical sense. One derives from the pagan Greek world, the other in a temporal sense from the annointings found in the Old Testament (Saul, David, even the King of Jordan who was the enemy of Israel was anointed by a Prophet on God’s command).

    The only sense that a Biblical parallel to a “Game” type Charisma can be found is when the Lesser met the Greater, man met angel, soldier met Christ etc

  3. @ Padre

    You are quite correct, “charisma” in the game sense is far far different from the concept in the Biblical sense. One derives from the pagan Greek world, the other in a temporal sense from the annointings found in the Old Testament (Saul, David, even the King of Jordan who was the enemy of Israel was anointed by a Prophet on God’s command).

    That’s the point. You walk in godly masculinity (through God) or you walk in selfish masculinity (gamers).

    The only sense that a Biblical parallel to a “Game” type Charisma can be found is when the Lesser met the Greater, man met angel, soldier met Christ etc

    I really like the KJV translation of love as Charity (agapao) as it denotes the gift that we are supposed to give because Christ has given to us first. This is a direct parallel to marriage — the husband is to charity the wife just as Christ does the church.

    And, as you know, 1 Peter 3 is clear that husbands are to be considerate of the wife as the weaker vessel.

    Either way, Christian men necessarily need charisma. Just the kind from God rather than from men.

  4. padre98 says:

    I know you will not agree, however my view on marriage and “game” and the sound Biblical instruction to love your wife as Christ loves the Church is found in the mentality change from Biblical times to today’s world.

    What that means is such things are needed in relationships. The female mind now is so distracted by the stresses and sights sounds situations of life such dramatic actions are needed to help to center the wife on what is really important, the Husband/Family/Faith were it all began. Viewed that way, when Christ said “have I been with you so long?” comes into proper context..only x100..Christ knew how to keep attention via dramatic difference from a relational status quo.

  5. @ Padre

    That’s too vague for me to comment.

    Are you saying you think today’s environment is more corrupt than in the Roman times when Jesus was alive… and thus greater measures need to be taken and some of that may include game? Or something else?

    Need we be reminded that the Corinthians were far beyond what is accepted today still in that men were sleeping with their father’s wife (aka mother):

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+5&version=NASB

    And sex with children (especially young boys) from older men was a tolerated practice by the Romans and Greeks (and is starting to become more common place today).

    As scary as it is to say, I think the Greeks and Romans were more depraved than we are today currently, but our society is certainly headed in the same direction.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9 comes to mind: That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

  6. padre98 says:

    Not merely sex DS, think of even the keyboards were are both typing on, commuting to work, smart phones, instant communications and demands for attention from those outside of the relationship, demands from the local school (which are quite shocking actually) all the time pressures that distract and dillute relationship integrity.

    Put it this way, if Paul wrote his Epistles today, would they be on parchment or digital font?

  7. @ padre

    All the more reason to be masculine [for God] in my opinion.

    We know how women will latch on to dark triad men like hotcakes and hate themselves for it. So too would Christian women latch onto Christian masculine men and love them for it.

    The key is getting there.

  8. padre98 says:

    My theory behind the “dark triad” types being attractive is not there anti paladin qualities per se, it is they look attractive, and do not require much care and feeding in today’s fast paced life in the West. Dark Triad types in Eskimo cultures would be quietly pushed off the ice flow when no one was looking, no one would miss them.

    Culture is very determinative of acceptance of such behaviors, does not speak well of the west that ill formed men are deemed highly desirable…a huge part of that is cultural conditioning in younger women.

    Unfortunately, Christian young men notice this and then emulate as being Christian does not negate biological imperatives and thus we see young men running, neigh, sprinting away from the Faith.

  9. @ Padre

    Interesting viewpoint and correct too.

    It seems like the other side of the coin of “be attractive” to “not be unattractive.”

    Women aren’t attracted to needy men or those that they have to mother or take care of all of the time.

  10. padre98 says:

    Unto the earlier point about “have I been with you so long” ie “have you seen me perform the miraculous so often you do not even notice them any longer”? One of the more amazing themes of the Bible is people witnessing the power of God, then sort of becoming blasse’ to it all. The Apostles, the Hebaru’s during the Exodus who still rebelled, the Most High knows all to well mankind’s attention span is quite short no matter what He shows them

    Fast forward to today, 2,000 yrs have passed and it is a carnival of distractions ie x100

  11. @padre98:

    I was thinking to myself while driving today that someone could walk into a mortuary resurrect 10 random people with 100 cameras watching, today, and no one is think a Miracle happened. We’re a massively disbelieving people, on top of the natural human impulse.

  12. padre98 says:

    Sort of, depending on ones Eschatology.

    Do think those with ears will hear, and thus this is worth all of the effort, if there are 99 sheep, and 1 is missing, the Shepherd will go out and find that missing sheep.

    in that sense all of the keyboard tapping will be worth it.

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  14. Johnny says:

    I’d like to encourage you to keep up with the good work that you share in this interesting blog.

    When I read your reflections on the importance of seeking God’s will (instead of just pursuing our own selfish needs and instincts) and the fact that, just as you pointed out, we gain charisma and confidence (as well as bi-polar attraction) in trusting our Lord’s capacity and guidance, I came to think about St. Teresa of Avila. She formulated a very nice prayer which supports the notion that we should put our trust in God. So I’d like to share it here:

    Let nothing disturb you,
    Let nothing dismay you,
    All thing pass,
    God never changes.
    Patience attains all it strives for.
    He who has God lacks nothing:
    God alone suffices.

    (Original Spanish)
    Nada te turbe,
    nada te espante;
    todo se pasa,
    Dios no se muda.
    La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
    Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta:
    solo Dios basta.

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