When we are in Christ we become citizens of the Kingdom of God according to Philippians 3:20 which says;
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” (NLT)
It is no coincidence that when Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6, it was said of Him that a government shall be upon His shoulders. The Kingdom of God is not hard to relate to, because we can see governments, leadership and kingdoms of this world play before our very eyes, these same kingdom terms. A kingdom is incomplete without citizens, but what then happens when you live in a land that is not yours? Remember in the first part of being called to sonship, we spoke about the devil being the prince of the world in John 12:31, John 14:30, Ephesians 2:2. Another of the governmental term used in the Bible in relation to the Kingdom of God is the word Ambassador. This term is used by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:20, which says;
So we are Christ’s ambassador; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God”
Who therefore is an ambassador? The world defines an ambassador as an accredited diplomat sent by a state as its permanent representative in a foreign country. An ambassador is also someone who is a representative or promoter of a specified activity. In understanding your role as an ambassador for Christ one needs to first understand the roles, rights and privileges of an earthly ambassador. I have listed seven facts of an ambassador, but in the further reading section, there is a link to other facts of an earthly ambassador.
- An Ambassador does not live in his/own country: This is the same as being an ambassador for Christ, we are not living in a world that is yet fully ours. Therefore, we are representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Being representatives of the Kingdom of God on earth therefore, gives us license to live in the world like we are not from the world. John 15:19, John 17:6, John 18:36.
- An Ambassador is paid by his home country: In the world we live in today, the finances of the ambassador is paid by His home country. As Christians don’t expect the world to pay you or like you because the world doesn’t like you. Believe that your finances are from above. Even if the world pays you today, you are being paid far below what you are worth.
- An Ambassador resides in the Embassy: The embassy is like a country in another country. If a citizen of a particular country runs into His own embassy, he is no longer under the rule of the land of that country, but under the rule of his own country. We are privileged to have the Church; it is our embassy within the world we live in today. Another embassy, which we have is the word of God, and we are to abide in the word of God. Remember, the words of Jesus, abide in me as I abide in my father John 15:7
- An Ambassador has diplomatic immunity: An ambassador is not under the laws of his host nation. Therefore, he lives according to the laws of his own country. Therefore, as Christians, we are not under the weather of the economy, under the laws of physics, and so on, but we are under the laws of Jehovah. A great illustration of that is Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14:22-23. When the natural mind cannot understand how a natural law is broken extraordinarily it is tagged a miracle. Kingdom citizens are distinct and our lives should reflect testimonies. We are therefore, not surprised when these things happen, because where we are from there are no sicknesses or diseases.
- An Ambassador is known in his/her host nation: The host nation has to be aware of who the ambassador is, therefore the world has to know you are an ambassador for Christ. In the world we live in it is hard to hide an ambassador. The kingdom of satan has to be aware that you are from the Kingdom of heaven, therefore rendering you untouchable, the bible says in Psalm 105:15, do not touch my chosen people and do my prophets no harm.
- An Ambassador offended is a nation offended: Ambassadors are not to be offended, as offending an ambassador is like offending the whole country itself.
- An Ambassador is the link between the host country and his country: In 2 Corinthians 5:19 it says, 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. The son of man is the first ambassador of Heaven, why? Because He was the first person to live with God inside of Him. Via the Holy Spirit we have God inside of us, and now have the same purpose which Christ had, the purpose of reconciliation. The best part of it is that we have the same privileges that Christ had, because we bear the same name tag and share the same role as Ambassadors. We are ambassadors of the Ambassador, the Ambassador represents the Kingdom of God, and if we are representatives of the Ambassador, then we are indirect representatives of the Kingdom of God. We should not forget also, that in reconciling others to Christ, we have to not judge the trespasses which they have committed. One will ask, why then do we have to bring people to Christ, we are just ambassadors here, why are we taking people into our own country? This reminds me of what is going on in the world right now, with ISIS, other countries are taking Syrian refuges into their own country to live there. Like I said in one of our previous post, there is a war, without Christ life is a war, the kingdom of God is that safe haven we all should run to, we are to take refuge in the Lord. Psalm 91:2, Jeremiah 16:19, Zachariah 9:12, Psalm 18:2, Isaiah 25:2, Psalm 46:1-3. If we love them, then we should educate them about the Lord, reconciling them to the father till they themselves become ambassadors for Christ, so that they grow with the son, and become branches themselves and are re-planted by the father.
How is an ambassador chosen?
In writing about this part I found an article which talks about how you can become a foreign ambassador. It is so interesting how this actually conforms to how you can become a foreign ambassador in the Kingdom of God. You can have a look by following the link (http://work.chron.com/steps-becoming-foreign-ambassador-14062.html). In the Kingdom of God, I have outlined how we can become ambassadors for Christ.
- We must be interested in the things of Christ.
- An ambassador must pass through an exam, we are to pass through trails and difficulties as this makes us stronger in the faith. The trails and difficulties we pass through with Christ are the testimonies we share with the brethren. Just as Christ dying on the cross is the testimony of our faith.
- We are then called into different roles in the Church according to Ephesians 4:11.
- The final step is to accept what ever role you have been called to even if it is not your area of specialization.
Let us not mistake this, though every Christian is called to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God. We are to reconcile others to God just as we have also been reconciled, but we must do this under the umbrella of the church and the word of God. What do I mean? If we do not have a church and no understanding of the word, where do you take the reconciled to? The church and the word of God are the embassies; it is where they are taken to first before they are taken to the final home country. As Christians, it is our primary duty to bring others to Christ because we live in a loving country, remember what we spoke about last week. Therefore, if we bear the fruit of love, then we can reconcile others to God. God never forces us to do anything, everything is really of our own free will. 2 Corinthians 5:20, says we speak for Christ when we plead come back to God. Therefore, there is only one chance we have to really represent God. The question is how much time do you want to represent God. Shalom!
- You can read more about the privileges of an ambassador by following the link below. There are so much more which I haven’t touched in the article, but then I am sure by reading this you will be able to relate more with the privileges we have as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God by knowing the privileges of earthly ambassadors. You can follow the link to read more (http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1272906.pdf?_=1459177299558 )
- To understand the rights, we have as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God, you can study the life of Jesus and see how He broke so many laws of the world (physics, chemistry and even biology) and how He lived a life of love for the purpose of representing the Kingdom of God.