Apostolic Passions Pt 1
By Apostle Ricardo Butler
Let’s start with some Scriptural references so I can let you know where I am coming from as well as from where I am getting the revelation of my message today.
“The former treatise have I made … of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments unto THE APOSTLES whom He had CHOSEN: to [the chosen apostles] whom also He [Jesus] showed Himself alive AFTER HIS PASSION [Gk: ‘To experience a sensation or impression (usually painful):–feel, passion, suffer, vex’] by many infallible proofs, being seen of them [the apostles and many other witnesses] forty days, and speaking of the [spiritual] things pertaining to the Kingdom [Government] of God.” (Acts 1:1-3).
“And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius [Mercury], because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when THE APOSTLES, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent [ripped, tore] their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? WE ALSO ARE MEN OF LIKE PASSIONS [Gk: ‘To experience a sensation or impression (usually painful):–feel, passion, suffer, vex. Similarly affected:–of (subject to) like passions’] WITH YOU, and preach unto you that ye [all of you] should TURN FROM these vanities [Gk: ‘Empty, i.e. profitless, or an idol:–vain, vanity’] UNTO THE LIVING GOD, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: [God] Who in times past suffered [permitted] all nations to walk in their own ways.” (Acts 14:11-16).
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save [except] Jesus Christ, and Him crucified [Gk: ‘A stake or post (as set upright), i.e. a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); exposure to death, i.e. self-denial; the atonement of Christ;–cross. To impale on the cross; to EXTINGUISH (SUBDUE) PASSION or selfishness:–crucify’].” (1st Corinthians 2:1-2).
Now that we have our Scriptures you might be able to see a little bit where I am going with this. But before we do let me give you …
A Few Definitions
Google search defines this word “passion” as:
- strong and barely controllable emotion
- the suffering and death of Jesus
FreeDictionary.com defines “passion” as,
- a. Strong or powerful emotion: a crime of passion. b. A powerful emotion, such as anger or joy.
- a. A state of strong sexual desire or love. b. The object of such desire or love.
- a. Boundless enthusiasm. b. The object of such enthusiasm.
- An abandoned display of emotion, especially of anger.
- Passion: a. The sufferings of Jesus in the period following the Last Supper and including the Crucifixion, as related in the New Testament. b. A narrative, musical setting, or pictorial representation of Jesus’ sufferings.
And believe it or not, I actually looked up the Urban Dictionary definition of “passion”, which says,
“Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible.”