Nov 3, 2019 Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20
We apologize for the poor sound quality this week. We're working on the issues! 2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Ambassador for Christ
Christ has made each of us His ambassadors here on earth. He is no longer here in the flesh, and so now He expects us to faithfully and effectively represent Him. We are to spread the good news of salvation in such a way that unbelievers will be drawn to the light and out of their darkness.
Ambassador – mouthpiece, spokesman, diplomat, minister, envoy, emissary, messenger
a. Think about that, who you are representing, whose message you are carrying
b. Not your own message, you're not representing yourself.
c. To not be a true Christian makes you a double agent, a spy, a traitor – No better than Judas
Page 1029 The Risen King Sends His People
God calls us to represent Jesus in mission as we offer His forgiveness to the world.
I. First of all, we are to spread the good news of salvation in such a way that unbelievers will be drawn to the light and out of their darkness.
A. Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”
B. The message of reconciliation is known to others only when ambassadors for Christ spread it. The Great Commission is the responsibility of reconciled human beings
1. Paul was a chained ambassador - Ephesians 6:19-20 “pray on my behalf that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.”
2. We are a charged ambassador - Matthew 28:18-20
The Bible portrays God the Father sending His Son, God the Son sending His people to the world, and the Father and Son sending the Spirit to empower us for mission. As Christians, we are a sent people who are being formed in the image of our Sending God and our suffering Savior.
3. We are a changed ambassador - Acts 1:8
If you want to follow Jesus, you must follow him to the ends of the earth, for that is where he is going…We cannot think of God without thinking of Him as a missionary God
4. Not all will receive the message
a. For some it is too good to be true or illogical p. 1031
God calls us to be patient with doubters as we bear witness to His son, whom we have seen only with the eyes of faith.
b. For others they are too bad, outside of God’s grace 1032
God calls us to demonstrate our love for Jesus by following Him, no matter where the journey might lead and no matter what happens to other followers.
It has rightly been said that the only two things which will last for eternity are people and the Word of God. These things must occupy our attention if we are to be effective ambassadors for Christ.