If compassion is the prime attribute of God, then Yeshua is the perfect example and reflection of that characteristic. The power of the incarnation was not in the fact that He became flesh, but in the fact that while we would expect Him to come in glory, prestige, power, and pomp, the Word became poor, powerless, and suffered unto death. And this was not for any common or unrelated reason to His mission. He could have died for the sins of mankind from a completely different social position but He chose to display His complete understanding of what it means to be human by being dehumanized.
In the quest to understand real ministry, it's important to understand who we are. And in order to understand who we are we need to understand who God is. Knowing who God is and what He desires from us is paramount to properly understanding what our role is in ministering to His people with the compassion of Christ. According to theologian Bryan P. Stone, "Compassion is intentionally entering into community with those who suffer and working on behalf of their liberation" (1). Compassionate ministry is not just giving someone information or teaching them theological creeds. Real ministry is liberating them from whatever is holding them back from hitting their full potential in both this world and the next.
In the first part of this series, we took the time to unpack the two-book theory and refute some of its basic tenants. We spent time proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the terms "Book of the Law," "Book of the Covenant," "Law of Moses," "Law of God," and "the Law" are all used interchangeably throughout the Bible. We showed very specific passages where authors like Joshua and king Josiah called the Book of the Covenant the Book of the Law. We talked about how the Ten Commandments and many other commandments are found in both the BOC found in Exodus 20-24:8 as well as the Deuteronomy second telling of the Covenant, what they falsely separate into a book they term the BOL. We talked about many scriptures in the NT that support the BOL, scriptures that cannot be refuted or twisted to support this false doctrine. In the second part of this series we will talk about the main six pillars that I believe hold up this theory and tackle each one of them, starting with the main pillar, the theory that the BOL was given because of the golden calf incident.Read more
Created in the Image of God
What is the image of God? What does it look like? How do we obtain it? Many people interpret it from their own perspective, relying on their own background and context. There is nothing inherently wrong with this because a man can only understand the information he's presented with within the confines of his own worldview. Unfortunately, this understanding will be short of its true definition. Quite possibly the greatest understanding of the image of God comes when we look through the eyes of the poor. From this view, we can better understand who God is and what He is calling us to do because we are starting from a low position. Those who choose to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the poor and the weak will most likely comprehend the gospel in its truest sense and will fully understand God's compassion. It is this compassion that is the underlying DNA of His image.Read more
The Character of Compassion
Theology and ministry are two completely different terms that make up a perfect whole. Theology without ministry is nothing but worthless ideas and philosophy. And ministry without theology is like running a race with no clear finish line. It lacks real purpose because theology defines the parameters for proper ministry. So how do we get to proper ministry from the ivory towers of theology? Imagination. Imagination is the ability to see something without eyes. Like a painter that transfers his thoughts to the canvas via his imagination, so a minister transfers theology to ministry through the medium of his imagination. And as the physicist Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."Read more