Ambassadors for Christ
God has a plan of salvation. He is going to save humanity from the spiritual captivity we have experienced for the last six thousand years. If you have been called to Christ then you have an important role to play in that plan. You need to know about that role and what is expected of you.
Over five thousand years ago it was declared that a Messiah would come with his saints to bring judgment to this world, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all…” (Jude 1:14).
And around two thousand seven hundred years ago Isaiah foretold the very words that the Messiah would use to announce the start of an era of salvation in which a spiritually blinded, crushed and oppressed humanity will be set free from spiritual imprisonment. And they will be given the opportunity to shed their garment of spiritual darkness to be clothed in God’s righteousness as they are reconciled to Him, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Salvation has Begun
About seven hundred years later he came to do just that. Reading the prophecy from the Book of Isaiah Jesus Christ signalled that the era of salvation had begun, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19). He was the one anointed to preach the good news.
He was the one commissioned to administer the task of reconciling humanity to God. And he is now in the process of preparing a Kingdom for His Father, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:24-28).
In ancient times Christ who was the God of the Old Testament (see our article ‘Who Spoke’) began calling and preparing men and women like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David and the prophets (Hebrews 11:1-40). And since he came to this earth two thousand years ago as the Christ he has been preparing many more to make up the tens of thousands that Enoch mentioned and who will be with him when he returns to accomplish this momentous task.
Ambassadors for Christ
This world is currently the domain of Satan. It is his kingdom and he has been working to suppress the gospel (good news) that Christ brought about the coming Kingdom of God, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (II Corinthians 4:4).
Tens of thousands separated out of Satan’s Kingdom to participate in the work that Christ is doing are considered by God to be His children, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (II Corinthians 6:17-18).
To those whom He has called He has given His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the very essence, mind and divine nature of God Himself that changes us from the people we were to something new. He has also given us a position in Christ’s administration of reconciliation, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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. 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.” (II Corinthians 5:17-20).
Like the Apostles each of us has become an ambassador for Christ. We are to be His ambassadors representing Him while we continue to reside in Satan’s kingdom.
Ambassadors are appointed by governments of this world to represent them in a foreign country.
Our role as an ambassador for Christ is very similar to that of any ambassador appointed to represent their country in a foreign land. We have been appointed to represent Christ’s government in this ‘foreign’ kingdom of Satan’s.
It may seem rather daunting especially as the kingdom in which we reside is hostile toward the one we represent, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12). And its ruler is especially hostile toward us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:8).
But God the Father who raised Jesus Christ from the dead wants us to understand that He has set Christ far above all the principalities and powers not only in this world but the Kingdom that is to come, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1:17-23)
We should not be afraid, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Even the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4) will flee from us if we submit to the true God, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
Paul said, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
We have been given the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind to serve a holy calling under Christ according to God’s purpose and plan, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord… …but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (II Timothy 1:6-9).
It is a holy calling. We are to represent Christ in the way we conduct our lives in whatever situation we find ourselves in. It is not necessarily about performing great deeds of charity, or physical service – it is a spiritual calling. Some of us simply can’t do much on a physical level because of age, illness or circumstances, but we can be successful ambassadors by being like him in mind-set and attitude as we go about our daily lives.
The rewards for doing this will be beyond our imagination, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (I Corinthians 2:9)
As ambassadors for Christ we are being groomed for an even greater role with Christ when he returns, “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” (1 Thessalonians 3:13). When Christ returns to rule this earth this we will be resurrected to a spirit existence as his priests, “This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:5-6).
Ambassadors are expected to represent the views and positions of their own country and to work in its best interests.
We are to serve Christ in his ministry of reconciliation, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord… …but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (II Timothy 1:8-9).
Being an ambassador is not part-time, nor a hobby. We have not been called to merely ‘play’ church – it is a life-time occupation and full-time vocation in which we are expected to walk worthily, “I therefore… …beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,” (Ephesians 4:1).
Being an ambassador for Christ will require sacrifice on our part, “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1).
A price has been paid. We are no longer our own person. We belong to God, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
We are to represent the views and speak the words we have been given, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;” (John 17:8). These are the same views and words Christ received from the Father, “…and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” (John 14:24).
We have been given the same mind that is in Christ “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5). We are to have the same views and speak the same words, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Corinthians 1:10).
We have no mandate to preach our own views, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (II Peter 1:20). Although many will try, “…of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30). They will pervert Christ’s words with their own interpretations, “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” (II Peter 2:18).
We are to have no part in teaching what man has corrupted, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” (I Timothy 6:3-5).
Our knowledge and teaching is to be built on the foundation Christ laid, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Ephesians 2:19-20). Not on a foundation laid by other men, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 3:11).
It is important that we get our priorities right and focus on the role we have been called to. God has made a huge investment in each of us and He needs to know that we are His, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.” (II Timothy 2:19). That we will put the Kingdom first above all things, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). And focus on what He and His son are achieving rather than on the things of this world, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4).
It is important that God knows that we are His; that we have our priorities right, that we are well-prepared and well-grounded in faith because as ambassadors for Christ we may be required to face some unpleasant situations, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.” (I Peter 4:12-14).
If we are properly grounded on the foundation of knowledge laid by Christ, focussed on what he is doing and truly representing his words as an example to this world then God will know that we have the best interests of His Kingdom at heart.
An ambassador has a responsibility for fellow-citizens living or travelling in their host country.
As ambassadors for Christ we need to be concerned for our fellow workers as we have been commanded, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). We are to support each other in the common cause, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (I Thessalonians 5:9-11).
It is in the best interests of the Kingdom that we work together and encourage each other in our individual roles, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Spirit). For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Romans 14:17-19). For this purpose we have each been provided with spiritual gifts, “Now concerning spiritual gifts… …the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” (I Corinthians 12:1 and 7). These are not only for our own spiritual development but to help our fellow workers in their development as well, “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” (I Corinthians 14:12).
In this hostile environment we should be looking out for each other, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:10-13).
The body of Christ is a spiritual body into which we have all been placed by God, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” (1 Corinthians 12:18). There should be no divisions, “That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” (1 Corinthians 12:25). Any divisions that exist today have been caused by those trying to limit something that is limitless spiritually to man-made corporate boundaries. These corporate boundaries come from striving among ourselves.
It is not in the best interests of the Kingdom to be striving amoug ourselves, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,” (II Timothy 2:24). We should avoid the endless arguments about governance, doctrine and prophecy that cause division and confuse the brethren, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Ephesians 4:14).
These divisions are counter-productive, “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker:” (II Timothy 2:16-17). They quench the Spirit and weaken the unity we should have in preaching the Kingdom of God. Especially at this time when Christ is going to return to this world.
Ambassadors are expected to be diplomatic in their dealings with others, to be trustworthy and remain loyal to their own government.
Our role is to promote Christ’s Kingdom by preaching the word of God and maintaining the standards set by His law as an example to the world.
As ambassadors in a ‘foreign’ kingdom we need to reflect the character of the one whom we represent, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (behaviour)” (I Peter 1:15). We are required to conduct ourselves honestly and above reproach at all times, “…I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” (I Peter 2:11-12).
The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to develop the mind-set of Christ, “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;” (Ephesians 5:9). These fruits also enable us to conduct ourselves with diplomacy, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” (Galatians 5:22). These attitudes are not something we just pay lip service to, they are to abound in us, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:5-8).
We are to respect the authorities and laws of the land in which we sojourn without compromising God’s laws, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (I Peter 2:13-17).
We need to follow the example of the angels, who at this point have greater power and might than we do, but will not speak evil of those in authority, “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.” (II Peter 2:10-11).
It is not our role to be contentious, or antagonistic, toward others, “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep… …Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:14-18).
We are especially not to be contentious toward our fellow ambassadors, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” (I Peter 3:8-9).
We are to act with wisdom and discretion while living in this world, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16).
It is not our role to seek revenge, or react in anger, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19). That is for Christ to accomplish at the appropriate time. Instead we are instructed to, “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14).
Things will get tough for some during the coming time of tribulation, but should we be called upon by the authorities to give account the words will be provided, “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” (Luke 21:12-15).
Christ said that if we are betrayed and killed for being his ambassadors our eternal lives will remain intact, “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:16-19).
Observe and Report
It is important that Ambassadors keep informed on current issues and problems and continually report back to their own government so decisions can be made on the information they provide.
We are to watch and be aware of the current issues and problems that not only affect this world but also those that affect our fellow workers in Christ. We report back in prayer to the very throne of God daily asking for His intervention.
We are to watch and stand fast, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.” (I Corinthians 16:13-14). It is not our role to become personally involved in the politics and warfare of this world, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (II Timothy 2:3-4).
Nor is it our role to be self-opinionated on social media the modern phenomena that has taken the world by storm where human nature has been unleashed in the raw. It is too easy to join in the fray and express the old man from which we are being transformed, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38). Instead of accusing and criticising our words should be underpinned by love.
God wants us to convey to Him what is on our minds and He will intercede if our requests are in accordance with His will, “…the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27).
The focus of our pray should be for the Kingdom soon to come, “When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” (Luke 11:2).
Prayer is a very effective and powerful tool, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16). We are to make our requests known, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6). Christ is always there for us, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” (I Peter 3:12). He is receptive to our prayer at any time, “…fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12).
The well-being of our fellow workers in Christ no matter what their affiliation is also an important part of our role, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:18). It is what God expects of us, “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” (James 5:15-16).
Many Other Functions
There are many other functions that within fall within the role of an ambassador such as promoting their own country and working with other ambassadors towards positive global outcomes.
We are all ambassadors with individual spiritual gifts to fulfil the many functions within Christ’s administration, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren... …there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man (person) to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” (I Corinthians 12:1-12).
Although each of us has individual gifts and there are diverse roles great emphasis is placed on unity and working together in peace for the same purpose and outcome, “I therefore… … beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:1-7).
Helping each other toward the same goal, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself…” (Romans 15:1-3).
We are ambassadors working together to bring about a positive global outcome. That outcome is the reconciliation of humanity to God. When Jesus Christ, the one whom we represent was on this earth he preached the good news about the Kingdom, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Matthew 4:23).
He trained his Apostles and commissioned them to preach the Kingdom of God, “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2).
Both he and those he commissioned as ambassadors were equipped with spiritual gifts such as power, authority and healing to help them deliver their message. Later he sent seventy elders out similarly equipped to preach the Kingdom, “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come… …And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.” (Luke 10:1-9).
The Apostle Paul made reference to those in Asia, “…among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God,” (Acts 20:25). A message he also preached in Rome, “And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.” (Acts 28:30-31).
The word gospel means good news. Whether it is the gospel of Christ, of God, of peace, of salvation it is the good news about the Kingdom of God!
As ambassadors of Christ we all have individual functions but our uniting role is to preach the good news about the Kingdom of God. We are working together to preach a positive outcome for all who have ever lived on this plant.
God has a plan and we have a role to play in it. We have all been called to represent Christ to this world as his ambassadors. It is a holy calling to a position of responsibility in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation. Having bought and paid for our service with his own life he expects us to conduct ourselves in the manner he has prescribed.
Although we reside in a foreign kingdom whose rulers are hostile toward us we represent one who is far greater than any of them. As our reasonable service he expects our undivided loyalty and enthusiasm for what he is doing. He has given us his Spirit so that we can think and act like him. He has also given us spiritual gifts appropriate for our individual roles in his administration.
We are to put the Kingdom first above all things in our lives and keep focused on what Christ is doing. We are to preach the Kingdom of God. Speaking and teaching the words he has given us from His Father without variation, or embellishment.
We are to keep in daily communication with God and have concern for the well-being of our fellow workers in the body of Christ regardless of their corporate affiliation.
The sacrifices may seem great but the rewards for our involvement in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation exceed anything we can possibly imagine, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (I Corinthians 2:9).