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Ambassadors for Christ
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ ”( 2 Cor 5:20)
We pray, “ Thy kingdom come” and “For thine is the kingdom
(Matt 6:10-13). Twice in His sample prayer the Lord instructed us
to refer to the Kingdom of God! Later, Jesus clearly taught that the
Kingdom of God would be bestowed upon His disciples, “Fear not,
little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the
kingdom ” (Luke 12:32).
But exactly how should we perceive the kingdom? We understand that
every kingdom has a king, territory, subjects, and laws. The question is,
“How do these specific kingdom elements relate to us?” How should we
approach the Kingdom of God?
What is a kingdom? Perhaps we
should begin with God’s first
instruction concerning humanity,
let them have dominion ” (Gen
1:26). God intended for and
instructed humanity to rule!
Dominion is rulership. Notice as
the passage continues, “So God
created man in his own image , in
the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and
God said unto them , Be fruitful,
and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it : and have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every
living thing that moveth upon the earth ” (Gen 1:27-28). According to God’s
spoken word at the creation of Adam, he and all of his offspring were
supposed to have exercised dominion ( rulership ) over the whole territory of
the earth!
However, a king is supposed to have power! What kind of power do all of God’s
children possess? Notice Jesus’ answer, “But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God , even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born , not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
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man, but of God ” (John 1:12-13). The Apostle John makes it clear that when we are
born of God that we have power ( authority ) to be sons of God! We cannot
minimize the fact that Jesus Himself gave us the authority to act in the capacity of
sons of God!
Christians are also referred to as “saints.” Notice how the Apostle Paul simply refers to
this select group, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the
gospel of God . . . 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints (Rom 1:1-
7). Daniel the prophet wrote that “ the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and
possess the kingdom for ever , even for ever and ever” (Dan 7:18). A saint, “hagios” in the
Greek means one set apart or consecrated for a holy purpose. We must remove the ethereal
concept of sainthood that has been passed down to us through religion. Paul consistently
simply refers to all Christians as saints:
“Distributing to the necessity of saints ” (Rom 12:13);
“make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem” (Rom 15:26);
“receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints ” (Rom 16:2);
“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” (1 Cor 6:2).
Below is a copy of the first page of my passport. My Passport is a credential ( official
document ) that gives surety ( or declares ) to all who might read on all parts of the earth that
I am a citizen of the Unites States of America. Nevertheless, all of us who are called to be
“saints” are set apart
or consecrated for a
higher purpose. This
means that we have a
higher calling than
mere citizenship in
whatever country we
might dwell, “be thou
partaker of the
afflictions of the
gospel according to
the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy
calling , not according to our works, but according to his own
purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the
world began” (2 Tim 1:8-9). Now what exactly does Paul mean that
we are called “ with an holy calling ?” Does our holy calling conflict with our national
physical citizenship?
There is a difficult word from the Old English which is rendered in the KJV of the Bible as
the word “conversation.” This word appears eighteen times in the New Testament;
however, in merely two instances does the word come from the Greek word “ polit euomai
meaning to behave as a citizen! In all other instances the word “conversation” merely
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means one’s conduct. In our modern vernacular the word “conversation” has a whole
different meaning. The Apostle Paul penned both occurrences of the word “ politeuomai
in the book of Philippians since he was specifically referencing the act of behaving as a
citizen!
Paul understood citizenship from God’s perspective and perhaps better than any other New
Testament writer. Notice the following occasion where Paul introduces his Roman
citizenship. Paul and Silas had been unjustly beaten and imprisoned and they refused to
simply leave the prison when they were set free because their rights as citizens had been
grossly violated, “And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those
men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent
to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said unto them, They have
beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans , and have cast us into prison; and now do
they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38
And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard
that they were Romans ” (Acts 16:38). What are the details of exactly what is going on in
this passage? The magistrates ( judges ) became frightened for their own lives when they
realized what they had carelessly ordered Roman citizens to be beaten and imprisoned!
They appropriately feared, because the Roman law insisted that a public insult upon any
Roman citizen was an insult upon the whole Roman populace. In order to keep their
empire strong, the Roman government took these affronts very seriously and customarily
exacted suitable reckoning. Therefore, these magistrates were justifiably frightened
because severe penalties were regularly carried out upon persons who violated the rights of
any Roman citizen!
The point is that Paul stressed his legal rights as a Roman citizen. Further, Paul insisted
upon the proper conduct due his citizenship rights! With this information regarding Paul’s
concept of citizenship, notice what he wrote to the church at Philippi, “Only let your
conversation “ politeuomai ” ( citizenship ) be as it becometh the gospel of Christ” (Phil
1:27). What could Paul have meant? What does citizenship have to do with the Gospel of
Christ? How could these two apparently different concepts relate? Let’s allow Paul’s own
words to answer these questions, “For our conversation “ politeuomai ” ( citizenship ) is in
heaven!” (Phil 3:20). Paul establishes that first and foremost, Christians are citizens of the
Kingdom of God! Now what exactly does that mean to us? If I am a citizen of the United
States of America how does that affect my citizenship in the Kingdom of God?
Notice how Paul described his and our function within the Government of God, “we are
ambassadors for Christ , as though God did beseech you by us” (2 Cor 5:20). The Moffet
translation uses the term “envoy” which is an emissary or representative of another
government. An ambassador is a minister of the highest rank who is employed by a state at
the court of another. The ambassador manages the concerns of his own government by
representing his leader’s interests in the lands where he is sent. He is sent to perform what
the leader of the government would himself carry out if he were present in that distant land.
The ambassador makes known the will of his government, and negotiates all matters which
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affect the interests of his government among the people to whom he/she is sent. Notice
Paul’s attitude, “I am an ambassador in bonds : that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought
to speak” (Eph 6:20). However Paul was prisoner and we should realize that no greater
affront can be bestowed upon a nation than to mistreat their ambassador.
All around the world, ambassadors and their embassies are considered sacred ( like the word
“saint” this means set apart for a special purpose ) territory. The ambassador’s person and
staff and embassy grounds are regarded as inviolable. Now remember, the ambassador is
supposed to do only what the leader of the government would do were he himself present.
In the same fashion, Christians are ambassadors for Christ and are sent to do what He
would do were He physically present. Paul describes our ministry as one to make known
the terms on which God is disposed to be reconciled to people. Christians are neither
supposed to negotiate new terms, nor to change those, which Jesus Himself has established.
An ambassador never promotes his own welfare; instead, he/she is sent to transact the
business that the Son of God would engage in were He physically present upon the earth.
Clearly, ambassadors for Christ have an office of great dignity and responsibility; they
serve the King of kings and Lord of lords!
The international term for an embassy is a diplomatic mission . Notice that the term
“mission” implies that the ambassador is sent to fulfill the will of the sending country. The
role of the mission is to ensure and protect the interests and nationals of the sending State
while they remain in the foreign State. The mission is considered to be part of the territory
owned by the sending nation. The mansion on the Sixteenth Street ( shown at right ) owned
by the Lithuanian Embassy since 1924 is the building longest owned without interruption
by a single embassy in Washington, D.C.
In order to function properly and without any
interferrence in the receiving State, the embassy is
afforded rights and immunities ( such as diplomatic
immunity ). In our modern society, these rights are
actually codified in the Vienna Convention on
Diplomatic Relations. Diplomatic immunity is a
form of legal immunity. Diplomatic immunity
ensures that diplomats are given safe passage and
are not susceptible to the civil and criminal laws of
the host country. Nevertheless, a diplomat can be
expelled as undesirable - persona non grata .
Under certain special circumstances, the official's
home country can waive immunity; this tends to
happen only when the individual in question has
obviously committed a serious capital offense
completely unconnected with his/her diplomatic
role.
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“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ ”( 2 Cor 5:20)
You will recall that my passport is considered in diplomatic terms to be a credential ( or
official document ) that declares my citizenship. Whenever a new ambassador comes to the
United States of America, he/she must present the credentials given by their sending
country as proof that they represent the full authority of their government. Usually the
President of the United States will meet with these ambassadors and say, “Since you have
presented these documents as proof that you represent the government of _______, I
therefore recognize you as the ambassador extraordinary and plenty potentiary.” Through
these words the President is stating that if he has some problem or issue to resolve with the
sending country, he will take up his concern with that ambassador who is authorized to
represent his home country and that the ambassador has the full powers of his government.
We are ambassadors for Christ and our citizenship is in heaven! Just like the Apostle Paul,
who claimed both Roman citizenship and citizenship in heaven, we have a dual citizenship!
As a citizen of two different governments we must exercise our responsibilities within both
governments. Many Christians believe that since they are citizens of heaven they must not
meddle in the affairs of “the world.” This kind of reasoning has caused many to disregard
their rights to vote. However, notice the contrast in Paul, “I am a man which am a Jew of
Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city : and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak
unto the people” (Acts 21:39). Here again we find Paul claiming rights to speak to the
populace because he is a citizen of Tarsus. Paul frequently exercised his rights as a dual
citizen; he used his human citizenship rights to advance the cause of the Kingdom of God!
Just like Paul, we too are dual citizens. Notice Page 5, Paragraph 9 from the United States
passport – Dual Citizens : A person who has the citizenship of more than one conutry at
the same time is considered a dual citizen. A dual citizen may be subject to the laws of the
other country that considers that person its citizen while in that country’s jurisdiction,
including conscription for military service. Dual natioinality may hamper efforts to
provide U.S. consular protection to dual citizens in the foreign country of their other
nationality.”
Websters defines “citizen” as (1) an inhabitant of a city or town; especially one entitled to
the rights and priviledges of a freeman. (2) a member of a state. A native or naturalized
person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.
We may or may not have difficulty in agreeing with the Biblical concept but we Christians
are all subjects of some human government. The word “subject” describes an individual
that is placed under authority or control. This means that the “subject” owes obedience and
allegiance to the power or dominion of another. Notice the Biblical teaching, “Fear God.
Honour the king . 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the
good and gentle, but also to the forward” (1 Peter 2:17-18); we see this concept again,
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the
king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors ” (1 Peter 2:13-14). Every Christian therefore has
dual citizenship and is required by the New Testament to submit to human government!
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If you give it much thought you will realize that an individual’s natural citizenship is rarely
easy to discern. When my brother Ivan and I went to the Netherlands we obviously came
across many people of foreign descent. There is no such thing as a stranger to my brother
Ivan. While we were visiting a quaint old city mall a vibrant young couple with a small
child engaged in a conversation with Ivan. This couple certainly looked and dressed in the
European style. I immediately thought they must have been form the Netherlands;
however, it turned out that they were from Ireland. The point is that human citizenship
does not easily give us away! One’s citizenship can be easily concealed.
Sadly, religion believes that one’s garb should give away their citizenship. If we run into a
foreign looking woman with a red dot on her forehead we immediately expect that the
individual is of the Hindu faith. Likewise if we come across a man dressed in black with a
prominent white collar we expect that this individual is a Catholic. If another man has
tassels hanging from his waist we tend to identify this man with Judaism. If a woman is
wearing a berka we are fairly certain that she is Islamic. The problem is that religion has
brought our modern society to the point where obvious identifying characteristics seem
only natural. The problem with this whole idea is that everybody begins to think of
religion in terms that have nothing to do with Biblical faith! Jesus did not call us to
identify ourselves with some obvious external garb; rather, he called us to operate in His
faith and to act as ambassadors since we are citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus was so inconspicuous that on several occasions He simply blended into the crowd.
Notice that His enemies, “were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the
city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast
him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way ” (Luke
4:28-30). We are certain that Jesus was not easily distinguishable in a crowd; in fact,
when Jesus was arrested it was necessary for Judas to point out specifically who Jesus was,
“Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign , saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same
is he : hold him fast” (Matt 26:48). Jesus wore no special garb that would set Him apart
from the crowd.
An ambassador is the representative of the highest rank to his home country. The
ambassador embodies his home state. The responsibility of an ambassador is to seek his
government’s interests and to influence those of in the state of which he is a guest. The
ambassador certainly does not need to take a side job so he can provide for his family’s
needs. Survival is not his highest concern! Why? Because all of his needs are met by the
state that has sent him into service!
It is important for us to realize that an ambassador is not a political position in the sense
that he needs to run for office. Instead, an ambassador is appointed by his head of state,
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you ” (John 15:16). Once
we are chosen we are sent on a mission and Jesus gives us our assignment, “it shall be told
thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do” (Acts 22:10). Since Jesus selected
and assigned us then He will meet all of our needs. He also gives us authority to use his
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name, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name , that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it ” (John 14:13-14).
Jesus obviously knows that we will have needs in order to fulfill the assignment that He has
given to us. He expects us to seek provisions from the Father in His name. We must
realize that since Jesus appointed He will also provide for us. It is our job to discover our
assignment; once we do that, He provides all of our needs, “But my God shall supply all
your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). We are instructed
to go to the Father who is our source in the name of Jesus, “All things that the Father hath
are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John
16:15). We need to realize that all information, all resources, all power, and all authority
belong to Jesus; the Father distributes these resources as we ask in Jesus’ name, “he shall
take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:15)!
Obviously, our needs are determined by our assignment, it is our dreams that point us to
our assignment. We must realize that God placed a dream within us in the first place! If
we can see it we can be it. If you would like additional Biblical assistance regarding the
discovery of your personal assignment, you can locate the Rivkah Ministries , Bible Studies
entitled, “ What is your assignment, http://www.rivkah.org/PDFs/030212.pdf and “ Vision
http://www.rivkah.org/PDFs/030919.pdf . Both of these studies are available on the Internet
at the address: http://www.Rivkah.org .
The ambassador’s job is inter– nation al. We are sent to the nations, “Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations ” (Matt 28:19). Our job is to exercise diplomacy and create relationships
between kingdoms. We are sent so that we can re – present Jesus to the nation in which we
are sent. In essence, we re – present Jesus into this satan led society. No! He is not happy
by our assignment; however we have diplomatic immunity! That is why John said,
“greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). In fact we have
diplomatic privileges ( the favor of God )!
Currently, Colin Powell is the Secretary of State for the United States of America. His
counterparts in other nations are usually referred to as, “Minister of Foreign Affairs.”
Whether as Secretary of State or Minister of Foreign Affairs, these individuals are the chief
diplomats who represent their respective governments. King Jesus is our Chief
Ambassador and He acts as the Father’s Chief Representative, “he hath on his vesture and
on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev 19:16). In
the United States, after the President, Colin Powell is the most powerful voice concerning
foreign affairs. Even though George W. Bush is the leader, every embassy gets their
instructions from Colin Powell and not directly from the President. If an ambassador were
to bypass Colin Powell and go instead directly to President Bush that ambassador would be
operating out of order. In the same fashion, we go to the Father but only in the name of
Jesus Christ! There is a chain of command that we must learn to follow.
Whenever possible, President Bush meets with Colin Powell to give him new instructions.
Colin Powell then sends circulars to each ambassador around the world. In this same
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fashion, the Father regularly meets with our Lord Jesus and gives Him new instructions. It
is our job to meet daily with Jesus and get our up-to-date instructions, “seek ye first the
kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matt 6:33); “Give us this day our daily bread
(Matt 6:11). In those daily meetings between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit is also
present and He acts in the capacity as our comforter ( parakletos an intercessor, advocate,
consoler). The Holy Spirit performs the duties of our secretary since He is present at those
meetings. He gives to us whatever information we may need in order to complete our daily
mission. The Holy Spirit is our communication link; therefore, we must spend daily time
in prayer!
We are part of the Government of God, “is your Father's good pleasure to give you the
kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Jesus told the Apostles, “ ye which have followed me, in the
regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon
twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matt 19:28), He likewise has thrones
reserved for each of us, “I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto
me” (Luke 22:29).
The proof of our credentials is the power of the Kingdom of God that rests upon each of us.
The point is that we each must demonstrate the power of the Kingdom of God in our lives,
“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also ; and greater works than
these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12). The works that each of us
accomplish through Jesus Christ are proof that the Kingdom of God has sent us forth. If
we are sickly, in poverty, and bound by problems, then our credentials need strengthening!
On the other hand if we have overcome these things then we have the proof of power
working in our lives. Christians must get to the point where, “ they shall lay hands on the
sick, and they shall recover ” (Mark 16:18)! In this specific regard, we should never desire
to send a sick person directly to Jesus to be healed; He has delegated that responsibility to
us, “as ye go . . . 8 Heal the sick , cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils” (Matt
10:7-8). He has given to each of us His power that produces the effects that He was able to
accomplish. In the same fashion, it is expected that an ambassador of the United States of
America, whose mission is in the United Kingdom will handle all the day-to-day problems
that arise in his mission. The ambassador has the power to resolve these issues by
operating in the name of Colin Powell with the full backing of the United States
government behind his decisions.
The Pharisees and the Herodians came to Jesus one day and said, “Master, we know that
thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou
regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to
give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why
tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a
penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say
unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which
are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's ” (Matt 22:16-21). As we read this
passage we should consider Jesus’ question, “ Whose is this image? ” More specifically,
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whose image is on each of us? “ God created man in his own image , in the image of God
created he him ; male and female created he them” (Gen 1:27); “Render therefore unto
Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's ” (Matt
22:21). Since we are in the image of the heavenly, our citizenship belongs to the heavenly!
Just like Colin Powell might invite an ambassador to the White House to meet with the
President, so too must Jesus reveal the Father unto us, “All things are delivered unto me of
my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the
Father, save the Son , and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him ” (Matt 11:27).
We are God’s representative in our classrooms, offices, and homes. We represent the
Government of God to the unbelieving world and to everyone in which we come into
contact. Therefore, we must be continually Kingdom minded.
Our job is to re – present Jesus to those around us; as we do this He takes care of all of our
needs. We cannot hinder the government that we serve by being focused upon survival.
Survival should be the lowest concern in our minds. Notice how Jesus expressed His
ministry, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye
believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me,
and I in him ” (John 10:37-38). Jesus prayed, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father,
art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).
Our daily prayer should be, “ Thy will be done in earth , as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
So, “How should we approach the Kingdom of God?” As ambassadors for Christ!
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