February 17, 2008am   Royal Ambassadors   II Corinthians 5:20-6:10
 By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

What is the highest job in the land?  I believe the highest position in the land is the calling of the royal ambassador.  Who is the royal ambassador?  The calling of the royal ambassador has the opportunity to change the lives of people for all eternity.  It is the calling of those who have given their lives to God. 

Scripture Text:  II Corinthians 5:20  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
6:1As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”b I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Who and what is a royal ambassador?  This is who we are

 

 

This is the fulfillment of the mission: 

  1. Be reconciled to God.  Remember that God made Him to become sin for us. 

 

  1. Hear the call to become his royal ambassador. 
  1. Don’t receive God’s grace or gift in vain

 

  1. Now is the time.  Be saved and reconciled to God.
  1. Now is the time to represent Him.  Go to your world for Christ. 

 

  1. We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, but we open the doors to God’s grace. 
  1. We go the extra mile to make sure that we don’t offend anyone considering the consequences of discrediting God and His grace. 

 

  1. I am willing to have things done to me for the sake of the souls who need to hear the gospel.
  1. I am willing to give extra work, extra time, and effort to make the gospel known to all my friends family and neighbors. 

 

I Corinthians 5:4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

“The term posthaste goes back to the time of Henry VIII. Postmasters were given relays of horses to carry messages for the king to important cities in England.  Because some couriers were irresponsible and wasted time in taverns and inns on the way, a drastic law was put into effect demanding that every dispatch carrier should "ride for his life."  The king's edict meant that anyone caught delaying his messages would be publicly hanged.  Often there was drawn upon important letters the figure of a man suspended from a gallows. Beneath was this ominous warning:  "Haste, post, haste! Haste for thy life!"  A number of men did suffer death because of their inefficiency, but in the 19th century the practice was discontinued. However, the old expression still remains as a reminder that the utmost speed and urgency is required when the king's business is involved!”  from Bible Illustrator. 

 Will you become God’s royal ambassador?  Will you be reconciled to God? 

b Isaiah 49:8

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 2 Co 5:20-6:10.

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 2 Co 5:20-6:10.