Key Verse: 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
Paul considered himself an ambassador for Christ’s. He uses the word “ambassador” twice in connection with calling. From prison, he wrote in Ephesians 6:19-20 “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
The role of an ambassador was well known to Paul and the church in Corinth. Each of the various Greek city states employed an ambassador to represent them. The ambassador spoke on behalf of the city. There was a similar office of ‘legate’ in the Roman empire. Today, we still send ambassadors around the world to represent our own countries interests.
Paul applied the title ‘ambassador’ to himself because he understood his role was declaring Christ’s message to the world and that was not his own. Jesus said in John 15:19 “As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”
Furthermore, Paul understood that was he no longer of this world but represents another Kingdom and he wants us to understand the same. He does not simply say he is an ambassador for Christ but that we are ‘Christ’s ambassadors.’
To be an ambassador means to be a citizen of heaven. On earth, we don’t send foreigners to represent our countries interests and likewise to be a true ambassador for Christ we must be in Christ.” To be an ambassador means to be selfless. We must be willing to put aside own interests so that we might do the will of our King Jesus. To be an ambassador means to be in constant contact with the throne. Listening to and understand what the our King’s will is. Our job is to represent the King of Kings and stop living for ourselves.
As an ambassador for Christ, we are authorized and given divine authority and power to speak God’s reconciling message of love to the unsaved world. We are called to be the representatives of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.