Representing a Foreign Power Over Coffee

Mack Stiles | June 15, 2015

Editors’ note. The following is an excerpt from God’s Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World, co-published by The Gospel Coalition and Crossway, co-edited by D. A. Carson and Kathleen Nielson. 

God’s people are called to be ambassadors for Christ. 

In 2 Corinthians 5:11–21, the apostle Paul is making a case for an ambassador’s motivation, how an ambassador views people, how an ambassador views the world. He also wants to make a case for how we as Christians see our role in the world. That’s what the image of ambassadorship is about. Paul says in verse 20, “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” He carefully chooses the image of ambassadorship to make sure we understand our role. Think about it: ambassadors exist to deliver a message. According to Paul, when you sit down for coffee, if a spiritual topic comes up and you begin to share with a friend about Jesus, you represent the foreign power of the kingdom of God. I think this is so mind-blowing that we often don’t believe it to be true.

Ambassador’s Responsibilties

But there are certain responsibilities that come with ambassadorship. First, ambassadors must get the message…

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