The King’s Faithful Ambassador
Bible Nugget 0226 [2 Corinthians 5: 20-21, Amplified]
20So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.
21For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
A faithful ambassador of a country represents the interest of his Country in another domain governed by a ruler other than the ruler of his country. It will be inimical if instead of representing the interest of his country, he begins to represent solely the interest of the country he was sent to. At times he might be just a messenger if the interest of his country is not to the overall good of both countries. In which case he has to state the facts as they are back to his home country.
In the above passage, it is clear God is appealing to Christian as ambassadors of Christ, [who represent the interest of Christ on earth after his ascension] to take full advantage of his favor in reaching out to the world. It is like the president telling his ambassadors, “take full advantage of the resources of this country in reaching out to the place where you are sent to. The country is behind you. Faithfully represent the interest of this country. I have given you the best this country can offer”. Jesus is the best God offered to the world. The world without Jesus would be a dark and cruel place. It is already cruel enough, but it would have been much darker. The Christians are the flash of lights dotting the world, if one were to look from space into the world with spiritual telescope. Jesus is the light of the world and we are beaming the reflection of Jesus back to the world.
Two complementary passages of the duties of a spiritual ambassador are:
Prov 13:17 KJV
17A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
Isiaah 33: 6-8 [amplified]
6And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
7Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
A faithful ambassador brings health (healing) between two countries. Some ambassadors are so skillful that they get sent over and over again to different countries to restore relationships between home country and host country. In which case he could be called: ambassador-extra ordinary. Are you fully representing the interest of Christ here on earth? Ask God to empower you more.
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