Ambassadors for Christ

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Audio Links

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Video Links

Mitch Kuhn – April 3, 2011

What is an Ambassador?
pres- byoo’- o
From the base of G4245; to be a senior, that is, (by implication) act as a representative(figuratively preacher): – be an ambassador.

Christ is our example:

Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

No man has ever seen God; it is only through Jesus Christ that humanity comes to know God.

Heb 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Joh 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

We are the body of Jesus Christ in this world and will live every word of the scriptures.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Deu 8:3 And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger, and then He fed you with manna, which you did not know, neither did your fathers know it, so that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of Jehovah man shall live.
1Co 12:27 (ESV) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

It is through the Body of Jesus Christ that God makes himself and his purposes known.

2Co 5:20 (ESV) Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore (pray, beseech) you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds (chains): that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Joh 20:21 Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you.

We are the body of Christ that God is working through. What a privilege!
Priests, Prophets, Apostles, Elders, and Ambassadors all fulfill basically the same role; they are representatives of God. As revealed in Gen 41:26, “The dream is one”, meaning that many different symbols in the scripture say the same thing, providing multiple witnesses. This is the same thing as the multiple gospels that are “of one mind”, yet they each accentuate different qualities of Christ, who represent God the Father.

We are a Kingdom of Priests

Israel, God’s chosen people, are a type (symbol) of the elect. They are chosen to represent God to the nations.

Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia…..
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Isa 66:18 “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory,
Isa 66:19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations.

How do you become an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are chosen by God.

Heb 5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Heb 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
Heb 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. (Psa 2:7)
Heb 5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

God tells Christ that he a priest and tells him to sit at his right hand, Christ does not bestow this honor on himself nor does he ask for it.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
1Co 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, no glory is to me. For necessity is laid on me; yea, woe is to me if I do not preach the gospel!
1Co 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I am entrusted with a stewardship.

We are predestined to have the stewardship of the Gospel given to us, and we have no choice but to carry out God’s will in our lives. We have no Glory of our own because God is causing all of this to happen to us.

Ambassadors do not Initially Want the Stewardship of the Gospel.


Christ himself when in the flesh did not want to bear the suffering of the cross and asked for another way, yet he desired more strongly for the will of God to be done. We will live these very words, desiring to avoid the suffering yet knowing we must submit to our father.

Mat 26:38 Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me.
Mat 26:39 And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.


Exo 3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

God is the one calling to Moses, not Moses calling out for God.

Exo 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
Exo 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

We cry out for deliverance from our flesh, and from the bondage of the lies of the world, including the Church.

Exo 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Exo 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Moses, a type of Christ, is raised up within us to bring us out of the bondage of our flesh. One of the early steps is coming out of the Church. There is also a “will be” or future application where we, as Moses, a type of the body of Christ, will deliver our fellow brothers from the bondage of Egypt which is the flesh, the church and the ways of the world.

Moses does not want the job

Exo 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Exo 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Exo 4:10 Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Exo 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

This is exactly who God works with… the weak.

2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

By making Moses weak in his speech, he did not have confidence that he could accomplish what God was calling him to do on his own strength. This was designed by God so that he could say, “I will be with thee”, and ” I will be thy mouth”. This way it is clear that the power is of God and not of the earthen vessel that he created to contain and release his Glory to the world.

Eze 36:22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.
Eze 36:23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

We first profane God’s name before we represent his Glory. This truth is demonstrated many places in scripture.

Eph 2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
Eph 2:2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–
Eph 2:3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
1Co 15:46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
Act 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
Act 9:2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

This is how God works with us, we start of as dust of the earth, following the ways of the world, profaning his name, and then he calls us out and begins to change us.


Jer 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jer 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
Jer 1:7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Jer 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
Jer 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Jeremiah brings out the truth that God works with those that are young physically and spiritually.

1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1Ti 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.


1Sa 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance (appearance), or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
1Sa 16:11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
1Sa 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
1Co 1:27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
1Co 1:28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
1Co 1:29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

God is in the business of demonstrating his power and revealing his glory, therefore he chooses the weak things of the world that we may not boat of ourselves. We are those weak vessels he has chosen. Lord willing we will remain faithful to carry out his purposes.


Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Gen 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Gen 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
Gen 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Gen 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Gen 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

This is a second witness to what we read earlier in Heb 5.

Heb 5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Heb 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

God tells Abraham what is going to do, Abraham had no choice in the matter. When God wants you, he gets you.

Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Eph 11:1 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:


Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Act 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

We are Paul, busy zealously fighting against what the Lord is doing when he comes and totally changes his direction. He causes our rebellion just as much as he causes our repentance. Notice also that Paul does not complain of his weakness, he just asks “Lord what will you have me to do?” We do live this out in our lives when we just ask the Lord what is his will for our lives.
Paul does later talk about his thorn in the flesh (his weakness) in 2Co 12 that he asks the Lord to take away, so we know that Paul still was best with weakness.


Isa 6:5 Woe is me, for I am undone (destroyed, cut down)! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.
Isa 6:6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
Isa 6:7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Isaiah was initially distraught, knowing that he was a man of unclean lips, yet after the Lord cleanses him Isaiah is given a spirit of boldness just as we are.

Php 4:13 can do all things through Christ which strengtheneths me.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Hopefully you can now see that God calls a weak people against their will, they profess their weakness and then God says that he will be with them to do the work. God cleanses us and gives us boldness to carry out his work.
God gives Moses his brother Aaron to help him, as a type and shadow of how we are given the body of Christ.

Exo 4:14 (ESV) Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
Exo 4:15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do.
Exo 4:16 He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.
Exo 4:17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.
Luk 10:1 (ESV) After this the Lord appointed seventy- two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.
Ecc 4:9 (ESV) Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
Ecc 4:10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
Eph 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Eph 4:16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

What do Ambassadors do?

Teach and guide others

1Ti 5:17 (LITV) Let the elders who take the lead well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those laboring in Word and teaching.

The word translated as “Ambassador” is actually derived from the word translated “Elder”.

G4243 – Ambassador
From the base of G4245; to be a senior, that is, (by implication) act as a representative (figuratively preacher): – be an ambassador.
G 4245 – Edler
noun, a senior; specifically an Israelite Sanhedrist (supreme court of Israel) (also figuratively, member of the celestial council) or Christian “presbyter”: elder (- est), old.

Ambassadors are to teach the word of God and to lead by example. We are to follow no man, but rather to be mindful of those who set a good example of following Christ and to respect them for that. Their way of life will get our attention and we should pay attention to what they have to say. We should aspire to be setting an example for others as well.

Heb 13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (ESV)
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Heb 13:9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.
Heb 13:7 Be mindful of them who are guiding you, who, indeed, have spoken unto you, the word of God: the outgoing of whose behavior, reviewing, be imitating, their faith.
1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Act 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
Act 20:18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them,…
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost (spirit) hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
2Co 1:24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but we are helpers of your joy; for by faith you stand.
1Co 3:4 For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?
1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to each?
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither is he who plants anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

Ambassadors Declare the Gospel

Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2Ti 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Therefore you should not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner. But be partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God,

An Apostle is also very similar to an Ambassador and Elder

a? p?´st????
ap- os’- tol- os
From G649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (“apostle”), (with miraculous powers): – apostle, messenger, he that is sent.

Luk 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
1Ti 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

There are other roles besides Apostles and Elders within the Church that still act as representatives of God. Each one of us will live by every word of God and be an Ambassador and Elder at our appointed time, but it is also true that some fulfill the role of an Elder in this life while others are more of a Deacon. Each role is essential to the body functioning properly.

d? a??? e´?
dee- ak- on- eh’- o
From G1249; to be an attendant, that is, wait upon (menially or as a host, friend or [ figuratively] teacher); technically to act as a Christian deacon: – (ad-) minister (unto), serve, use the office of a deacon.

There are qualifications to be an overseer or deacon in the Church of God.

1Ti 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer (minister/ bishop), he desires a noble task.
1Ti 3:2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober- minded, self- controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
1Ti 3:3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
1Ti 3:4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,
1Ti 3:5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?
1Ti 3:6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
1Ti 3:7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
1Ti 3:8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double- tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
1Ti 3:9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
1Ti 3:10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
1Ti 3:11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober- minded, faithful in all things.
1Ti 3:12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.
1Ti 3:13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Each member of the body must do what the Lord has given them specifically the ability to do. We all live by every word, but Got has given more of certain abilities in this life to certain members of the body.

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
Rom 12:7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
Rom 12:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

The Apostles (elders), needed help in the NT and need help today.

Act 6:1 And in those days, the disciples having multiplied, a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews occurred, because their widows were overlooked in the daily serving.
Act 6:2 And the Twelve called near the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not pleasing to us, leaving the Word of God, to serve tables.
Act 6:3 Therefore, brothers, look out among you seven men being witnessed to, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this duty.
Act 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.
Act 6:5 And the saying pleased all the multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicholas, a proselyte of Antioch.

This truth of the body working together is also witnessed in the OT with Moses.

Exo 18:13 And on the next day it happened that Moses sat to judge the people. And the people stood by Moses from the morning to the evening.
Exo 18:14 And when Moses’ father- in- law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing which you do to the people? Why do you sit alone by yourself, and all the people stand by you from morning to evening?
Exo 18:15 And Moses said to his father- in- law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God.
Exo 18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me. And I judge between one and another, and I make known the statutes of God and His Laws.
Exo 18:17 And Moses’ father- in- law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.
Exo 18:18 You will surely wear away, both you and this people that is with you. For this thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it alone.
Exo 18:19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you. You be for the people toward God, that you may bring the causes to God.
Exo 18:20 And you shall teach them ordinances and laws, and shall make them know the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do.
Exo 18:21 And you shall look out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain. And place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
Exo 18:22 And let them judge the people at all times. And it shall be, every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge. And make it easier for yourself, and they shall bear with you.
Exo 18:23 If you will do this thing, and God command you, then you shall be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
Exo 18:24 And Moses listened to the voice of his father- in- law, and did all that he had said.
Exo 18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
Exo 18:26 And they judged the people at all times. The hard causes they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

This is happening in the body more and more now. More people are answering questions, admonishing one another and helping to bear the burden of the Elders.

Ambassadors walk the narrow way

Mat 7:14 (LITV) For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones finding it.

While we are to proclaim the gospel boldly, we also must know when to stop speaking. These are two of the scriptural boundaries that make up the narrow way discussed in Mat 7:14.

Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Why?… Because…

1Co 2:14 But a natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

When we discern that someone is carnal (swine, natural man), then we do not give our pearls of wisdom to them. They will perceive it as foolishness and trample on the truth of God, just as pigs will trample on pearls with no awareness of the value.
People will ask us the reason for the hope within us, and we must answer according to 1Pe 3:15. We are not to deny Christ as Peter did to Christ in Mat 26, yet there is a scriptural boundary.

1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Mat 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.
Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

This command is given so we can be obedient to Mat 7:6 about casting our pearls before swine and 2Ti 2:23 below.

2Ti 2:23 But avoid foolish and unlearned (stupid) questions, knowing that they give birth to strifes (fights, quarrels).

Why must we avoid quarrels and fights?

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive (quarrel, fight); but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

We are to teach others in the hope that God will grant them repentance. Yet when we perceive that God has not given the person spiritual understanding, after the first and second admonition we move on. In addition we do not go and find swine that are not interested in our pearls and throw them out there twice to be trampled. There is a time to just be silent. (Mar 14:60) If we will go beyond the first and second admonition, it will be to our own hurt.

Ecc 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

We Must Rightfully Handle the Word of God

There is a very specific way in which we are to handle the word of God to discern the truth. This is a very quick overview of those principals. There is a paper on iswasandwillbe. com called, “Rightfully Dividing the Word of Truth” which covers the topic in much greater detail.

2Ti 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Psa 119:160 The sum of Thy word is truth, And to the age is every judgment of Thy righteousness!
2Co 13:1 This third time do I come unto you; on the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every saying be established;
Deu 17:6 By the mouth of two witnesses or of three witnesses is he who is dead put to death; he is not put to death by the mouth of one witness;

Ambassadors Judge Those Within Now and Those Without Later

God is judging and chastening his chosen now, so likewise we are to focus on those that are within, not those that are without.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

This starts within our own minds and hearts, and then extends out to our fellow faithful brothers.

Mat 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Joh 12:46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
Joh 12:47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
Joh 12:48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

Those who do not obey now will be judged in the lake of fire, not now in this present life.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

There is an order, and our time is now.

Ambassadors Do Not Associate With Those That Do Not Obey God’s Words.

2Th 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.


Gal 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend (G4624) thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

G4624 – offend
To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [ transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): – (make to) offend.

Since the Body of Christ is to represent Christ, any part of the body that causes us to “stumble” must be cut off. This is true within ourselves first and foremost and then externally within the body of Christ in this present life. This process of correction and then “cutting off” a body part is very specific and covered in greater detail in the study on “Correction within the Body of Christ” available on iswasandwillbe. com or aionios. com
Lev 13 and 14 go into great detail regarding this process using the symbolism of a leper. The diseased lepers are put outside of the camp for the good of these others, that they might not become infected as well.

How to Speak:

When Ambssadors of Christ do speak there is a very particular way in which we are to do so.

1Co 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is obviously very important… so what is it?

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (burdensome).
Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Tongues, knowledge and prophecy are all dead without obedience.

1Co 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
1Co 13:5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way (only 2 admonitions); it is not irritable or resentful;
1Co 13:6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
1Co 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Co 13:8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Remember this from earlier?

2Ti 2:24 But the servant of the Lord must not strive, but to be gentle to all, apt to teach, patient,
2Ti 2:25 in meekness instructing those who oppose, if perhaps God will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth,

All these qualities are natural fruits of the spirit.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ambassadors Warn God’s people:

Eze 33:1 The word of the Lord came to me:
Eze 33:2 Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman,
Eze 33:3 and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people,
Eze 33:4 then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
Eze 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life.
Eze 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand (The watchman is to blame).
1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2Th 3:14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.
2Th 3:15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

Our job is to go forth and share the truth of the Gospel in the way that God has told us to do it. We will realize our weakness and he will work through us to accomplish his purposes. It is God’s job to give the people the ability the understand his truths that his Ambassadors are proclaiming. This all happens inwardly and outwardly.

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

We Must Remain in the World to Fulfill Our Purpose

Just like Paul, we will desire to leave this present life and be with Christ, for that is our ultimate destination and what we long for, to be completed.

Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Php 1:22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. Php 1:23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
Rom 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Rom 8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies

Yet, we love the body of Christ and must remain here to help their joy and growth in the faith.

Php 1:24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Php 1:25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
Php 1:26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all [ men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Look at the example of Christ:

Mar 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
Mar 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luk 19:2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.
Luk 19:3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature.
Luk 19:4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
Luk 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” (Jesus calls Zacchaeus)
Luk 19:6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.
Luk 19:7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
Luk 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
Luk 19:9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Rom 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly (humbled)….
Mat 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Mat 5:15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Mat 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

The Lord placed us in the world for a reason, to be a light, and we must remain in the World to fulfill that purpose. We are not to hide in our homes or try to escape this world. We are to live in the world, avoid evil, and be a good witness. We should go to work if we are able, spend time with our families and other people in the world as the Lord leads.

2Ti 2:22 But flee youthful lusts, and follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Pro 14:16 A wise one fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is sure.

Here is the narrow way again, this time regarding our good works.

Mat 6:3(ESV) But thou, doing kindness (Alms), let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth,
Mat 6:4 that thy kindness may be in secret, and thy Father who is seeing in secret Himself shall reward thee manifestly (openly, made known – 1Co 3:13).
Mat 6:5 And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your room. And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Col 3:23(MKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men;
Col 3:24 knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ.

As we do these good works, our desire should be to please the Lord and not to get recognition form men. When possible, keep your good deeds to yourself, that God may reward you as he sees fit.

Ambassadors Overcome the World.

Our fleshly bodies are the world that must be overcome.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

There is an excellent paper on iswasandwillbe. com entitled “From Heathens to Perfection”. The subtitle is “Coming out of bondage by Renewing knowledge of the New Man”. This paper describes the process that Ambassadors are going through in this life as we are becoming more like Christ, a representation of God the Father himself, and less like the world. This is why keeping ourselves from the “Traditions of Men” is so important.
There are so many things in this life that Ambassadors should not be involved with in order to remain “unspotted from the World”. The question we should be asking is, “What is going to best represent God”, that needs to be our hearts desire.”

2Ti 2:4 No one who wars tangles with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who chose him to be a soldier. 1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient(beneficial): all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

A great deal of discernment is required in order to determine what is necessary to live in this world and at what point we are becoming entangled in the affairs of this life to the detriment of our witness for God. If you have questions about a particular situation, go to those you respect because of their way of life and knowledge of the scriptures and discuss it. Consider the sum of God’s word and follow the voice of the shepherd. Remember who you are, Jesus Christ, God’ s representative.

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Pro 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Remember, we are here to help each others joy, not to have dominion of another’s faith, yet we will not associate those who oppose the truth of God’s word.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations (discernments).

What to Expect:

1Jn 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Here is our response to the evil done against us.

Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (God sustains the good and evil in the world)
1Pe 5:1 (Rotherham) Elders, therefore, among you, I exhort — I who am their co- elder and a witness of the sufferings of the Christ, who also, in the glory about to be revealed, have, a share;—
Col 1:24 (KJV) Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind (lacking) of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

We will be separated from those who do not follow Christ above all else.

Mat 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Mat 10:38 , And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
1Co 11:19 For there must also be heresies among you, that the approved ones may be revealed among you.
Mat 25:31 But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His glory.
Mat 25:32 And all nations shall be gathered before Him. And He shall separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33 And indeed He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats off the left. Mat 25:34 Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

The sheep and goats will be separated within us first, then outwardly in this life within the Body of Christ, and finally in the lake of fire the goats “flesh” will be separated from the “spirit of Christ” and all will be saved.

There is a Reward

Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Mar 3:33 Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Mar 3:34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, Here are my mother and my brothers!
Mar 3:35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.

Our reward is the body of Christ.

We also enjoy the fruits of the promised land.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Here is our Goal.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Other related posts