We are Christ’s Ambassadors
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:18-20–”All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us”
An “ambassador” is one who “has been invested (already given) power and authority to speak and act on behalf of the kingdom he represents. He is a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign; he is sent on a special mission, one of the first rank with treaty-signing powers.”
For the Christian that means that you and I have been given power and authority to speak and act on behalf of the King of kings and the maker of heaven and earth. The King’s name is JESUS CHRIST! Our calling, our task is to represent Jesus Christ in such a way that people know that He is alive and rules today in the hearts of all who will obey Him. We are called to give firsthand evidence of His living presence so others can see and know that Jesus died for them and rose again to give them eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom. The Great Commission of Jesus (that has already been given to His disciples) is to go into all the world and demonstrate the Gospel by signs, wonders and miracles; living evidence that we have been sent from Jesus to represent Him with the power and authority He has invested in us (Mark 16:15-20 ). Christianity without the power of God will never convince people that Jesus is alive today!
In this letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul discusses the ministry of reconciliation, and he says “we are ambassadors” for Christ:
Writing to the Corinthians, Paul likens his own calling to that of an ambassador, and he urges all Christians to consider themselves ambassadors for Christ. The gospel of reconciliation was always at the heart of Paul’s preaching: “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:17).
Our reconciliation with God is possible only because Christ went to the cross and received the punishment due for our sin. When our Savior cried out, “It is finished”, the barrier between sinful man and Holy God was removed making all those who trust in Him “holy in His sight without blemish and are free from accusation.” (Colossians 1:22) Our reconciliation is based on the salvation Jesus provides, and it is accepted by faith (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Christians are God’s ambassadors in that they have been “approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel” (1 Thessalonians 2:4). As we go through this world, we represent another Kingdom (John 18:36), and it is our responsibility to reflect the “official position” of heaven. We are in this world, but not of it (John 17:16). God’s ambassadors are to be “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
These questions must be asked:
- What kind of an ambassador am I?
- How effective am I at representing the King of the Kingdom of Heaven?
- Do I function according to the power that has already been given to me?
- Am I worthy of the calling He has called me to?
May the Holy Spirit empower us to take the message of our King to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8), imploring men and women everywhere to be reconciled to God.
The Revd Ifeanyi Ezenwa
Your Privileged Servant in His Joyful Service,
July 03, 2017