This blogpost, A Plea For Ambassadors, is by a guest blogger and friend of 4 Truth Ministry, Joe Conkle.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
A Plea for Ambassadors
What is an ambassador? I want to highlight 2 definitions.
1). A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another, usually for a specific length of time.
2). An authorized messenger or representative.
The question is: Are you and I living as though we are ambassadors for Christ? Are we actively sharing the message that has been commanded to us by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Are we actively making a conscious effort to share the Gospel with the lost?
Brothers and sisters, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. God has saved us to share the Gospel, the Good News.
Since God has made us ambassadors to proclaim the message of the Gospel, it is a sin to NOT share the Gospel! James 4:17 says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Isn’t it good to share the Gospel?
Long ago before mass communications, when a kingdom defeated another kingdom, the new king would send out heralds, ambassadors, into the countryside, accompanied by a dispatch of soldiers to proclaim to all the land that there was a new king. The heralds command was simple: submit to the new king. If they refused, the soldiers would execute swift punishment.
We are that herald! But our King is loving, kind, and patient.
Our message is simple: Everyone has broken God’s laws and we have sinned against the Creator. Every one of us has lied, stolen, used God’s name in vain; we have broken all of God’s commands. James even says if you’ve broken one law, you’re guilty of breaking all of them. Romans 3:23 says “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” That’s the bad news.
The good news is that God came down in human flesh as God the Son. He was 100% man so He could represent us, and He was 100% God so He could bear the full wrath for our sins, so that He could pay the full penalty for the sin against a Holy God. Through His active obedience He lived a perfect sinless life, and through His passive obedience He went willingly to the cross. He allowed men to savagely beat Him, punch Him in the face, rip out His beard, and nail Him to a cross.
And on that cross the Father poured out the cup of wrath on His Son. He died, was buried, and on the 3rd day He rose from the dead. He fulfilled all righteousness.
Jesus’ first command to His disciples and to us: preach repentance and forgiveness of sins. Later he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father waiting to gather His bride until His Kingdom is completed.
If you have not repented and put your trust in Christ, here is what scripture says:
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides (Present tense!) on him. John 3:36
As an ambassador of Christ, I implore you, be reconciled to God.
Steve Lawson’s Gospel Presentation
Please take a moment to listen to this powerful gospel presentation (approx. 9 minutes) by author and preacher Steve Lawson, President and founder of OnePassion Ministries.