At one time or another, we have all heard believers described as Christ’s ambassadors. But what does the word ambassador mean?
Ambassador is the highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country. (Merriam- Webster)
Let that definition rattle around your brains for a moment or two. It is eye-opening.
You see, you and I – as ambassadors – are the Father’s highest ranking persons of the kingdom of God here on earth. We are under the Lordship of King Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit. And as ambassadors of the kingdom of God, we have no authority to speak our own viewpoints to the world around us, but rather, we – as ambassadors – must speak the words of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit because they have appointed us to act as their representatives.
Okay, are you with me so far?
Because Jesus has not returned to earth as yet, the kingdom of God is a spiritual one, living within each believer. It is filled with power and not just empty words. This kingdom is eternal and more real than the world around us, but to access the kingdom of God within us, we must do it by faith and through our relationships with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
There are no shortcuts to walking in the fullness of the kingdom of God, but if we do it properly, there should be evidence for others to see:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:22-25)
How can we ever lose a spiritual battle with this type of backing?
Ah, grasshopper, God gave us minds which are either the kingdom of God’s allies or its foes.
(Continued in Part 8)