2 Cor. 5:9-21 (text v. 20)
is a grand doctrine that is made up of several other doctrines:
Propitiation (God's wrath is appeased by Christ's sacrifice).
Redemption (the ransom is paid to buy back the lost sinner).
Imputation (our sins are charged to Christ / His righteousness is credited to
Regeneration (those dead in sin is given new life)
Justification (declared "just as if I’d never sinned")
Adoption (placed as an adult son in God's family)
Reconciliation (brought back into fellowship with God).
Before Christ's atoning death on the
cross, there was enmity between God and man. Christ’s death accomplished
everything necessary for man to enter into a friendly relationship with God
(vs. 19-21 cf. Rom. 5:10–…when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by
the death of his Son...)
Jesus left the job of telling the world
how to be reconciled to God to His ambassadors– You and I. Our job as
"ambassadors" is NOT to reconcile God to men, but to reconcile men to
God! God is not reconciled to man, as though God were partly to blame for
the enmity. Rather, man is reconciled to God, for it is man who moved away from
Verse 20–Notice, it is not man
pleading with God, but God pleading with man.
The fact that we are to “pray you in
Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God,” shows reconciliation has been
accomplished, but it is NOT automatic. .
REFERENCES TO BELIEVERS CALLED “AMBASSADORS:”
Ephesians 6:19-20, Paul requests prayer “that utterance may be given unto
me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I
ought to speak.”
I. The MEANING of an ambassador (His worth as representative).
official agent of one country on a mission in another country. They
represent their country in a foreign country.
1. As an agent /
deputy he acts on the behalf of another. When our ambassador goes to a foreign
country he or she can act with the full authority of our government in areas
where our leader has given them permission. They can only act or speak as they
have been authorized.
2. An ambassador
is not there to represent himself or his own views. He simply says what
he has been commissioned to say.
3. An ambassador
does not speak to please his audience, but the King who sent him.
4. An ambassador
does not take rejection personally – he is accepted or rejected not on his own
merit but because of who he represents.
B. A representative.
He stands in the place of his sovereign. The honor and reputation of his
country are in his hands. Everything he does and says reflects on the one who
ĆWe are representatives of
THE KING OF KINGS.
C. An ambassador is not
elected, but appointed. We are appointed by Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20).
D. A foreigner.
An ambassador is not a citizen of the country where he is sent. His loyalties
is to where his citizenship resides. We are citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20).
ĆIf you’re a foreigner in the
world you should dress differently & talk differently.
ĆYou should have
different customs (1 Pet. 4: 3, 4).
E. He is a diplomat.
He is on a diplomatic mission.
F. An ambassador is
given written instructions– the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16).
is a temporary resident – he has no real investments where he lives.
II. The MINISTRY of an ambassador (His work of reunion).
The MINISTRY of reconciliation is committed to every believer (vs. 18-19).
ĆWhat does an ambassador do?
in an embassy. Our English word "embassy" comes from the same root
word as ambassador.
ĆThe Church is the Embassy of
Heaven on planet earth.
1. The Embassy is a bit of America on foreign soil. A
home away from home.
2. Headquarters with others from his homeland.
3. At the embassy they work out strategies to
carry out the objectives of the King they represent.
4. At the embassy they send back messages to the
King regarding their needs and help.
5. At the embassy they gain encouragement from
assists his fellow countrymen who are visiting in that foreign land.
those who wish to EMIGATE to his country.
the candidate what the requirements are.
III. The MESSAGE of an ambassador (His word of reconciliation)
APPROACH- "we beseech (pray)"
B. Their APPEAL - "be
ye reconciled to God."
1. The Way of
peace- God in Christ reconciling
2. The Work of
Christ- (v. 21)
3. The Word of
reconciliation (v. 20)
CONCLUSION: Paul saw himself as an
full time ambassador, not just on Sunday or when he felt like it.
An ambassador is recalled when war is
declared. The recall of all believers at the Rapture of the church will
announce the beginning of the end for Satan (2 Thess. 2:1-12).
ĆAre you living up to your name as an AMBASSADOR for Christ???