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Ambassadors For Christ by tmaples
May 26, 2007, 9:42 pm
Filed under: Evangelism

by Travis Maples 

am·bas·sa·dor  [ām-bās’e-der] noun

1: an official envoy; esp: a diplomatic agent of the hightest rank accredited to a foreign sovereign or government as the resident representative of his own sovereign or government as the resident for a special and often temproary diplomatic assignment 2: an authorized representative or messenger

her·ald  [heruhld] noun

1.  a royal or official messenger, esp. one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.

-Webster’s Dictionary

J.I. Packer in his book “Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God” writes about how Paul saw himself:

“Paul saw himself as Christ’s herald…Paul, in his own estimation, was not a philosopher, not a moralist, not one of the world’s wise men, but simply Christ’s herald.  his royal Master had given him a message to proclaim; his whole business, therefore, was to deliver that message with exact and studious faithfulness, adding nothing, altering nothing, and omitting nothing.  And he was to deliver it, not as another man’s bright ideas, needing to be beautified with the cosmetics and high heels of fashionable learning in order to make people look at it, but as a word from God, spoken in Christ’s name, carrying Christ’s authority, and to be authenticated in the hearers by the convincing power of Christ’s Spirit.”

Packer continues:

“Paul considered himself Christ’s ambassador…the authorized representative of a sovereign.  Paul used this figure twice, both times in connection with his evangelistic work.  Pray for me, he wrote from prison, ‘that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therin I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.’  We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were intreating by us: we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.”

We are heralds with a proclamation from the King!  We are from a foreign land, another kingdom, sent into this world to carry a message, a precious message.  One of grace and mercy.  Regardless of the response it’s an invitation to come to the wedding feast.  We carry a personal invite from the King commanding His subjects to come to the party.   We don’t alter it, we just faithfully proclaim it.  We don’t pretty it up, we just pass it along.  I forget this all too quickly.  I too often forget who I am in Christ, and what I am for Christ, an ambassador and a herald.   How do you view yourself, and does it affect the way you live in and engage this world?  I just want to live as an ambassador, as a man from another kingdom, a man that has been sent on a mission, a special envoy to rescue the lost.

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