“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV)
An ambassador is a diplomatic official accredited to a foreign sovereign or Government, or to an international organization, to serve as the official representative of his or her own country.
Think about the roles of our ambassadors, our diplomatic officials. They carry with them the culture, the values [of their native land]. That is how you are supposed to present yourself to your host.
St. Paul as Ambassador for Christ, carried with him such responsibility, such value that wherever he went as a missionary to the gentiles, he presented not himself but Christ,” Paul pleaded:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 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. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5)
The Reverend Charles Finney, a Presbyterian Minister who died in 1875 tells us that Our Saviour speaks of Ambassadors as being SENT to offer “conditions of peace”. He says God sends His Ambassadors to ‘guilty people’.
The church and especially her gospel ministers, represent Christ on earth, and are engaged to do his work. The world being in revolt against its own Maker, Ruler and Father, he sends his ministers as ambassadors to plead with them to be reconciled to God.
Ministers are divinely appointed and commissioned for this express purpose. Holding their credentials from the Lord Jesus Christ, they are authorized to offer people free pardon on condition of unqualified submission to God’s will and acceptance of pardon in the name of Jesus only.
Consider this: God is the one seeking the reconciliation–seeking it although he is the offended and injured party.
He would live in peace with you and I.
Not that he wants our help OH NO! He seeks our peace and welfare–seeks it simply and only because he truly loves us and wants ONLY for us to live in love and unity with Him forever.
So where does that leave us — God’s Ambassadors, his official representatives? What are we supposed to be doing? As I implied at the start, we are, as Ambassadors for Christ, to show to the world – the entire mass of people we come into daily contact with, the Face of Christ – that is our role, our duty and our function as His Ambassadors.
By our Christian way of living we are able to offer a way to non believers, the open doorway into reconciliation and forgiveness with God. We will build up the family of God.
We carry a grave responsibility, just like our Nations Ambassador’s who represent Australia overseas. Our responsibility is even greater than theirs, for Our King is not of this earth, and His kingdom lasts forever.
Jesus gave us the example, God continually calls people to Himself, and we are fortified with the Grace of the Holy Spirit for this Ambassadorial Role and function!
We can go forth with honour to serve and call, in the name of Jesus.