Webster’s New World Dictionary, Second College Edition defines the word ambassador this way: The highest-ranking diplomatic representative appointed by one country or government to represent it in another.With that in mind I would like to talk with you today on the subject of the Christian being an ambassador for Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
A person who has been born again of the Spirit is the person who is described as a new creation in Christ. Paul used the word ‘IF’ to emphasize the point that a person needed to be IN Christ to become that new creation. Every single person who has become a new creation in Jesus Christ will have a testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ delivered them out of darkness and into his marvelous light.
My wife Cathy and I had just finished ministering at the Christian service at a nearby Nursing Home this past Sunday morning, and I was packing up the sound equipment to leave. There were two residents left who were waiting to be wheeled back to their rooms and one of them started talking in a very frail voice. She said“I have known Jesus since I was 14 years old.” I immediately stopped what I was doing and went over to her and asked if she would tell me her story. She told me that her name was Jenny, and that she was 91 years old. She said that she attended a bible study as a young girl, and learned from her bible teacher that she could talk directly to God. Jenny told me that she had never heard that before. She told me that she wept like a baby when she accepted Christ all those years ago. Jenny said that she was so glad that she knew Jesus Christ because it made things a lot easier. The volunteers then arrived to take Jenny and the other remaining resident back to their rooms. I did not get to speak with Jenny for a long time, but I was grateful to have an opportunity to hear her testimony of salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:18: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Any person who has become a Christian through the new birth (born again) has been reconciled back to God, the creator of all things. This was made possible because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross by the shedding of His perfect blood. In God’s Courtroom we are all found guilty (of our sins) and our mouths are silenced from justifying ourselves before God. (Romans 3:19-20) The wages of our own sin was death (Romans 6:23) but Jesus Christ stepped into the courtroom of justice almost two thousand years ago, and paid OUR death penalty for OUR sin on the cross. (Romans 5:8-9) That is good news!
2 Corinthians 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.
God reconciled us back to Himself through what His Son has done on the cross. He will not hold our trespasses against us. (Thank you Lord.) Therefore every single person who has been saved, has been given the ministry of reconciliation. You do not need to be a bible scholar to be a minister of reconciliation, because the Spirit of God within you, can use you just the way you are. The Lord can use you even with the little scripture knowledge that you have, and you will grow in His grace on a daily basis. Some of the most powerful witnesses for Jesus Christ are new believers who have come out of extreme darkness. They cannot but speak about the things of the Lord to anything that moves.
2 Corinthians 5:20: 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.
We are representatives from another kingdom, because we are now part of the Kingdom of God. We are ambassadors of a Kingdom that is different and separate from the kingdom of “this world system.” This is most important for you to understand. You will find out early that not everybody is interested in the “new” Kingdom of God which you have found. On the other hand you also see that there are fellow ambassadors for Christ, from all over the world, and they come from every nationality and race in the world. They can also be called your “brothers and sisters in Christ.” We are ambassadors for Christ, and not the ambassadors of a religion, or a denomination and certainly not an earthly country. Our Kingdom is a spiritual Kingdom and it is not limited to any geographical location. Our job as ambassadors for Christ is to tell others about Jesus Christ, and what He has done for us and what he will do for them. All are invited to become part of his Kingdom, and all who become a new creation in Christ are also his ambassadors.
2 Corinthians 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.
You can call this the great divine exchange, because Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, took our sin and filth upon Himself, so that wretches like us might have the righteousness that He alone possessed. That is true LOVE!