The Church as Christ’s Ambassador

Saheed B. Olaekan, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, once said, “It is my heart’s desire that I must be NO more, that He be KNOWN more.” God did not just save us so we can sit in a pew the rest of our lives and call it good. No! He infused us with His life and resurrection power as His ambassadors so others can also be reconciled to God. What would happen if everyone in the body of Christ knew this truth?

We learn from the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 that the gospel has been veiled to those who were perishing, as Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers. This veil prevents them from seeing the light and glory of Christ’s gospel. But God shines the light and glory of Christ’s gospel from believers’ hearts to unbelievers’ minds.

Paul goes on to say in chapter 5 that God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, our message to those in the world is that because of what Jesus did for us, God is reconciling the world to Himself and not counting people’s sin against them. In verse 20, Paul says that this means we are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal to the world through us. 

An ambassador is an official representative of a nation or kingdom who speaks with the leaders of another nation or kingdom. They usually do the work of diplomacy when there is a problem between the two parties. Paul uses this term to describe how the Church is called to represent God to the nations. We speak the message of reconciliation to those who don’t know Christ as though God were making His appeal through us.

Just as a president or royalty might ordain human spokespersons (ambassadors) to speak for him or her rather than speaking directly to another nation, so God speaks directly through His people to the nations.

So, what is this message of reconciliation? In Romans 5, the Paul says that through our faith in Christ, we have peace with God. This peace is similar to two nations who were warring against each other but now are not. In verses 10-11, Paul goes on to say that even though at one time we were enemies of God, fighting and rebelling against him, but now we have been reconciled or restored to Him through the death of Christ. This is the ambassador message God wants His Church to bring to the world.

Consider this quote by Martyn Lloyd-Jones and determine how your life and congregation should be different based on 2 Corinthians 4-5:

“People seem to think that the masses are outside the Christian church because our evangelistic methods are not what they ought to be. That is not the answer. People are outside the church because looking at us they say, ‘What is the point of being Christians? – look at them!’ They are judging Christ by you and me. And you cannot stop them and you cannot blame them.” 

Do our lives line up with the words we preach? As God’s ambassadors, we need to show the world what it means to be a follower of Christ.