by -

The word enthusiasm comes from the prefix, “en” meaning “in” and the Greek root, “theos” meaning “God.” In other words, enthusiasm of the highest and the most lasting value is that which has its roots en-theos, that is, ‘in God.’ It has been said that love makes the world go round, but it really is love with enthusiasm that does this — and love with enthusiasm achieves the noblest things in life for the benefit of mankind.

Webster’s defines enthusiasm as 1. (orig.) supernatural inspiration or possession; inspired prophetic or poetic ecstasy. 2. intense or eager interest; zeal; fervor. 3. something arousing such interest or zeal. 4. [Archaic] religious fanaticism. Syn. see PASSION.


means dirt, clay. Gen. 2:7 says, “God formed man of the dust of the ground.”

means the lower half of one’s body, or legs.

mentioned a second time indicating that the man is standing on the ground.

shows a bending man standing up from a lying down position.

”” is a cursive or running style of writing the character 火— fire. Adam was clothed with the “glory, fire, light” of God when he stood up after having the breath of God (in-spir-a-tion) breathed into his nostrils. When Adam sinned, this fire, light, glory disappeared from him. Cf. Romans 3:23, “”For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

The meaning of what looks like a curved F in the second half of the character is an animal, described in the Japanese dictionary as either a dog, or some other like-looking animal. Could this have been a lamb or sheep?


The original way of writing this character for “king” was a straight line above and below the character for “big, large” — . It was expressive of a man standing on the ground with his hands spread out wide. It was a picture of a great man (king) standing between heaven and earth.

In my opinion, in combining all these defined radicals, the meaning of the Chinese character for ‘enthusiasm,’ or ‘nekkyou’ would mean a “man who is created out of dirt (by God) standing up from a laying down position, being clothed with the presence of God and having dominion over all that the Almighty created.” Adam was “in God” (en-theos), but when he sinned God “drove out the man” from His presence in the Garden of Eden. BUT, when we look down the road that led to the death, burial, resurrection and manifestation of Jesus Christ, we see something awesome that happened:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ (en-theos), he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“ . . . for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit (en-theos), and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit (en-theos), let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16, 25

Jesus speaking to his disciples the night before the cross said, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in the Father (en-theos), and you in me (en-theos), and I in you.” John 14:19-20

The expression ‘little while’ was indicative of the next day when Jesus would die. The world lost sight of Jesus, but the disciples saw Him in His resurrected body. Jesus then goes on to tell them that He was in His Father (en-theos), the disciples are in Him (en-theos), and that He is in us! This is expressive of the intimacy God desires with us in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. When one is filled to overflowing with the Holy Ghost, the “en-thu-si-asm,” the “in-God” fervor, zeal, intense interest, eagerness, ecstasy and passion begins happening. It’s only the beginning! It is just like the little old English sister Nancy Baldwin used to say when I first got saved, “Brother, it gets better farther on.”

enthuse2Are you enthused yet? Man, what do you think He would have in store for us if we just stopped right now and shouted at the top of our lungs, “Hallelujah, Jesus!”? I imagine it would be like a kind of rush from somewhere deep within. Our heart would leap up into our throats, our faces would get all red, our breathing would become ecstatic. We’d probably calm down only to say, “Whew . . . that was fun!”

Nobody can be too enthusiastic!


Leave a Reply