Ambassadors of Christ

Ambassadors of Christ

Daily Reading: (2 Corinthians 5:20): “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.”

There are many Christians who are not engaging in the ministry of reconciliation as an ambassador of Christ because no one ever told them what they are and they never studied out properly what this text is telling them. God had selected you and appointed you as Christ’s ambassador with a life changing message.

What is an ambassador exactly? Presbeuō in the Greek means to be an ambassador.An Ambassador is a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.So all believers have been chosen to act as a representative of Jesus Christ with a specific activity in mind. What exactly does God have in mind for us or what exactly are we in our lives to be about? For far too long the church universal throughout the ages has at times misrepresented our identity and has promoted the wrong message. We have been more focused on what we are against then promoting the message of what we are for. We are ministers of reconciliation as the very ambassadors of Christ. Our churches should be the most reconciling, peaceable, happy places in town. 

The message or the activity that we are to share it is right there in the text twice. First in the verse before this declaration of what we are (verse 19) and then right after it (same verse 20) just to reinforce it and make sure we understand it.

What is my role as an ambassador? Verse 19 and 20

“This is the message of Christ’s ambassadors: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

And then…

“God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

If you are about anything other than this you are off mission as ambassador.

As Christ’s ambassadors- you are a minister of (katallagē): the restoration of the favor of God to sinners that repent and put their trust in the expiatory death of Christ.

Wherever God has placed you, whatever gifting He has given to you, it shall be used to tell others the good news of the Gospel of Jesus that in Christ there is favor with God forever.

Paul reinforces the supremacy of the ministry of reconciliation and the only thing he changes is he calls it a word or message of reconciliation (verse 19) instead of a ministry (verse 18). He uses the Greek word ‘Logos’. In chapter 1 of John, John identifies Christ as the Logos. What this means in this subtle shift is that the way we proclaim the favor of God (the ministry of reconciliation) is by proclaiming Christ as the reconciler and the only way to bring restoration in relationship with God our Father (2 Corinthians 5:19).

An ambassador is a representative. His message, his authority are given to him by his king. What authority do we go out into the world on this reconciliation message with… the authority of Jesus, all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).

The Old is Gone

The Old is Gone

Daily Reading: (2 Corinthians 5:16-19):

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 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 people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

This verse tells us the old us is gone. The you before Christ – the one who was captive to sin- the one who struggled with whatever it is that plagued your life (fill in the blank) anger, fear, anxiety, self-doubt, guilt whatever it was that you is gone. The past you died, it was crucified with Christ the moment you first believed and Paul says, you no longer live, but Christ lives in you. Which makes you a new you, a new creation, a beautiful beloved child of God, who is holy, blameless and pure.

And if you haven’t yet believed- today is the day as Paul says to become a new creation in God. This doesn’t mean fear won’t ever come or some of those things I listed- but if it does, you have the perfect love of God to cast it out. If you start to get impatient – the new you in Christ is patient, loving, and kind- remind yourself who you are. For any of those things that you might not like about your former self, that person is gone. And we have a new victorious reality we live in.

Self-indulgence (living in sin) or self-denial (trying self- effort to live free of sin), either way was a lose-lose proposition.

Thankfully, God had a better plan: For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because now “anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6–7).

So, 2 Corinthians 5:17 is powerful because it tells you in Christ you are the new you but there is also something before and something after this verse that is important to know now that you are a new creation. To start with- let’s start with what comes before it. From the time that we gained this view of Christ‘s death for us, the worldly standards and distinctions of race, class, don’t matter to Paul (Galatians 3:28) as he looks at all men from the standpoint of the cross of Christ. Because we are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) we have a new mission (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) and the way we view Jesus and other people has changed too (2 Corinthians 5:16).

What is the ministry of reconciliation?

Reconciliation (katallagē): of the restoration of the favor of God to sinners that repent and put their trust in the expiatory death of Christ. Wherever God has placed you, whatever gifting He has given to you, it shall be used to tell others the good news of the Gospel of Jesus that in Christ there is favor with God forever.

Paul reinforces the supremacy of the ministry of reconciliation and the only thing he changes is he calls it a word or message of reconciliation instead of a ministry. He uses the Greek word ‘Logos’. In chapter 1 of John, John identifies Christ as the Logos. What this means in this subtle shift is that the way we proclaim the favor of God (the ministry of reconciliation) is by proclaiming Christ as the reconciler and the only way to bring restoration in relationship with God our Father (2 Corinthians 5:19).