Jesus Centered Bible – questions and answers category goes through the questions given throughout the New Testament of the Bible I use and I give my answers and thoughts. Always, feel free to comment your thoughts and your own answers to these questions!
What’s the job of an “ambassador,” and what does it say about Jesus that He’s entrusted us to be His ambassadors? Referenced in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.
Campaigner. Representative. Promoter. Advocate. Supporter.
We represent Jesus and are called to do the work He STARTED. In a recent Bible Study Fellowship lesson, our lecturer noted that in Acts 1:1, Luke tells us this. Jesus’ work wasn’t finished when He left this earth and it sure isn’t finished now!
In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit.Acts 1:1
This is a clear indication that we as Christians are important and have a job to do. We’re not just saved and God’s children, we’re not the type of royalty that can just sit back and let others do the work or have no care about others who don’t know what we know. We have to GO and we have to LIVE as if we are changed and be what this world needs in the darkest of times!
I noticed by comparing different versions, the title of this section of verses was different. For instance, NLT is “We Are God’s Ambassadors” and NKJV has a title over verse 12 rather than verse 11 that says “Be Reconciled to God.” The ESV is different yet with “The Ministry of Reconciliation.” ***side note: as I’m looking through version… I see there’s a TON of versions, MAN. Like seriously, a ton.*** So this version called New Century Version (NCV, which I’ve never heard of, like many of the versions) has the title over verse 11 as “Becoming Friends with God.” That’s all I’ll go into but I found it interesting.
It says a great deal about Jesus. I mean, he walked and talked with the apostles and He sent them out first into the world as he ascended into heaven. If it weren’t for them, their dedication and endurance, we wouldn’t know the Gospel. They went out and executed the Great Commission. It’s our turn. Jesus’ dedication to THEM translates to His thought of us all that long ago. Do you know how many YEARS ago that was? Literally a ton. Two. Thousand.
Jesus cares deeply for us. It states in 2 Corinthians 5:14 that Christ’s love controls (or urges) us. We are given this task of reconciling people to God (2 Cor. 5:18). This happens by spreading the message of Christ, the wonderful message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19). We are only made right with God through Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”2 Corinthians 5:20
This is also shows that Jesus is willing to let us fail, knowing that we won’t live up to His standards 100%. He’s the kindest and sincerest human and PRINCE we could have lead us and be ambassadors FOR. I can’t imagine Jesus even being negative and the very opposite of encouraging. Jesus is someone we all need in our lives because His life is truth, His life is good, and His life is full of promise to us.