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Understanding and Living the Ambassadorship Life in Christ

Scriptural Meaning of Ambassadors

To understand any concept in Scriptures, it is usually right to check up the original meaning of the words in the primary language in which the Scriptures were written - Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Aramaic as the case may be or where the text is obtained from.
The word ambassador in Greek means a senior, a representative, a preacher, (G4243) while in Hebrew, it means a grand doer, a messenger (H6735).

From the meaning above alone we can safely infer what 2Corinthians 5:20 means. By substituting the word ambassador for senior, representative, preacher, grand doer or messenger, we get a relatively clearer picture of what Paul, the Apostle, was trying to tell us.

[2Cor 5:20 AMP]
2Co 5:20 So 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.

Verse 19 of the same chapter makes us to understand that just as God reconciled the world to Himself through Christ, so also, are we meant to pass on the "word of reconciliation". There is a silent message in this verse in that the word of reconciliation, which is in other words tagged evangelism, being referred to here is meant to be preaching/evangelizing the word of reconciliation and of righteousness by faith through Christ Jesus, and not about the sin of man. This is because verse 19 explains this mission committed to us is according to what Jesus did and it is not by inputting the trespasses of men unto them.

[2Cor 5:19 KJV]
2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

[2Cor 5:19 AMP]
2Co 5:19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

Little wonder verse 21 says ... 2Cor 5:21
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Speaking as an Ambassador

Verse 19 tells us that the word of reconciliation has been committed to us. Hence, we have to speak/share/spread this word. We can learn more from Eph 6:19,20

[Eph 6:19-20]
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

We realize that we are called ambassadors so we can share the mystery of the gospel. And we are to speak this mystery boldly. This is not a message of condemnation to the world, as earlier described. I must emphasize that it is a message of righteousness by faith through Christ Jesus (2Cor 5:19-21).

Representatives of the Kingdom

[Mark 16:15]
Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

We are admonished to go into the entire world, unto the ends of the earth to preach the gospel - spreading mystery of the gospel. The disciples could not perform this task until they were baptized by the Holy Spirit.

Let us take a look at the Acts 1:1-8

[Act 1:1-8 KJV]
Act 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Act 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The disciples were asking when the kingdom would be restored back to Israel. They asked this question because the Israelites were under the bondage of the Roman Empire. And as in the time past, when the Israelites disobeyed God and were sent into captivity, God would send a judge or a prophet to bring Israel to repentance and then they would be delivered from their captivity. The disciples assumed a similar experience was going to happen because Jesus was around. They were focused on a physical liberation but Christ came for much more than that. That is why Jesus replied their question with an answer that tells them about the heavenly Kingdom He had come to establish.

[Act 1:8 KJV]
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Definition of the Kingdom

[Rom 14:17 KJV]
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

[1Cor 4:20 KJV]
1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.

From the above verses, we understand that God's kingdom is "power, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit". Hence, that represents a biblical definition of the kingdom of God. Whenever there's power, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, the kingdom of God is resident there.
It is the will of God that the kingdom of God comes to this earth. This will is well represented in the Lord's Prayer.

[Mat 6:10 KJV]
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.

Manifestation of the Kingdom Ambassadors

We are ambassadors, representing the heavenly kingdom here on earth.
What are supposed to do?
How do we represent?
What/Whom do we represent?

[Obad 1:21 KJV]
Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

You realize the verse says "saviours" (plural) and just "saviour" (singular). This is simply because Christ came as our Saviour so that He might create many saviours, which are his ambassadors here on earth. The same way Christ came so that He become the firstborn amidst many brethren (Rom 8:29). Christ, the Son of God came, so that He could make many sons of God. The same principle applies here, Christ the Saviour came so that He might create many saviours.

Who and what are we saving?

We are saving the mount of Esau (Obad 1:21). The mount of Esau represents the several kingdoms of this world that is under the influence of the devil. And we are to arise from our mount Zion and judge/redeem these kingdoms for the Most High God.

Going beyond the Four-Walls of the Church

This manifestation is beyond coming to church performing church duties alone. Ambassadorship is beyond typical/classical evangelism. It involves getting into the various sectors and industries of this world and influencing it for God. These sectors include, but not limited to, banking, finance, health, agriculture, international relations, politics, law, education, family, technology and so on.

We are meant to be the light of the "world" (not light of the church/heaven) and salt of the "earth" (not salt of the church/heaven) (Mat 5:13-16, Lk 14:34).

I recommend you follow the link to these articles for more understanding on this subject matter of manifestations.



I hope you now understand what it means to be an ambassador of Christ.
May God continue to lead us and teach us His Way. Amen.


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