Doctrine of Ambassadorship
This doctrine reminds the Church Age believers of two key positions (royal patents) we have been given, and the great responsibility we have in representing God and our Lord Jesus Christ to our fellow members of the human race. Every Church Age believer is a Royal Priest, 1 Peter 2:9, and a Royal Ambassador for Christ, 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 6:20.
2 Cor 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Eph 6:19, “And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
The Greek word for “Ambassador” is the PRESBEUO, πρεσβεύω, (pres-byoo’-o), that means, “an aged person, elder, be an ambassador, or be a representative (for someone).” It is used in classical Greek to denote the activity of an official envoy of a ruler or government who legally represented the authority responsible for sending him. It was used particularly of the legate of the Roman emperor.
It is a cognate of the Noun PRESBUTES and the Adjective PRESBUTEROS, that means, “older man, ancestor, elder, presbyter.”
The Hebrew utilizes the Noun TSIYR, צִיר that means, “an ambassador, an envoy, or a messenger.”
Definition and Description
Ambassadorship is the function of every believer to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelievers and God’s Word to our fellow believers. It is also the special function of the believer with the gift of evangelism. We all are to witness through verbal communication of the gospel of the Word of God. We are not to witness only through our lifestyle.
An ambassador is a high-ranking minister of state or of royalty sent to another state to represent his sovereign or country. By analogy, we are spiritual aristocracy as members of the Royal Family of God, and Christ is the King who has sent us into a foreign country, the cosmic world.
At salvation, every believer enters the Royal Family of God through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and at the same time, we become a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth. Ambassadorship results from the fact that we are in union with Christ, caused by the Baptism of the Spirit, cf. Rom 6:3; Gal 3:27.
Every Church Age believer is part of the Royal Family of God representing the King of kings and Lord of lords during our time on this earth. Therefore, two commissions are given to the believer at salvation: The Royal Priesthood, which is a part of the equal privilege of election; and the Royal Ambassadorship, which is a part of the equal privilege of predestination. We represent ourselves before God, and we represent God before men.
Ambassadorship emphasizes that every believer is in fulltime Christian service. However, there are different services. Differences of service depends on differences of spiritual gifts, stages of spiritual growth, historical circumstances (prevalence of positive or negative volition), and environment at any given moment, 1 Cor 12:4.
1 Cor 12:4-7, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
Our spiritual gifts, specific gifts given to each of us that we use distinctly for the common good of our generation. But there are also common functions and services related to our Priesthood and Ambassadorship that the Word commands us to participate in, such as witnessing, prayer, and learning God’s Word, so that there is no confusion between what your spiritual gift demands and those functions which are common to all believers.
In addition to the mandates of Scripture, there are many avenues of expressing your Ambassadorship, such as utilizing the Faith Rest Drill and Impersonal Love as Problem Solving Devices with emphasis on your spiritual growth. Spiritual Self-Esteem, the first stage of spiritual adulthood, becomes the maximum expression of ambassadorship, which is a result of consistent residence inside of God’s Power System under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, and momentum from metabolized Bible doctrine in your soul.
In 2 Cor 5:20, Paul speaks of himself and other ministers of the gospel as “ambassadors for Christ,” commissioned by their sovereign King to engage in the ministry of reconciliation. As official representatives, they spoke with the authority of God to the extent that when they spoke the message of reconciliation, it was as though God Himself was doing the talking.
Similarly, in Eph 6:20, Paul described himself as acting as an “ambassador in chains,” the imprisoned representative of Christ. This image conveys both the risk involved for one who acts as an emissary for God, and the oneness the ambassador has with the message he is speaking.
The Prerequisites for the Function of the Royal Ambassadorship
- He must be saved. Salvation appoints the individual to the status of Royal Ambassador. It is one of the 40+ things we receive at the moment of Salvation. There is no appointment to such ambassadorship until the person has believed in Christ. At that point, you are commissioned as an Ambassador. Therefore, at salvation the believer becomes a member of the Royal Family of God and a Royal Ambassador through the Baptism of the Spirit. Ambassadorship automatically enters the believer into full time Christian service.
- You must be Filled with the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18, by means of 1 John 1:9. To represent God, you must be fully influenced by Him to receive and deliver His message. If you are out of Fellowship (not filled) with the Holy Spirit, you cannot function properly in your Ambassadorship.
- The third prerequisite is the daily function of the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP); whereby, God’s Word is stored in the human spirit and soul. This requires that the Royal Ambassador must know, understand, and consistently apply the doctrine of the Filling of the Spirit including; understanding and consistently applying the Rebound Technique, Gods’ grace means of influencing our soul by the Holy Spirit. With the Filling of the Holy Spirit, we can truly learn and apply God’s Word towards our Ambassadorship function.
- In Rom 12:11, there are two prerequisites for service of the Ambassador:
a) He cannot be negligent in applying Bible doctrine, and
b) He must be zealous with reference to the Holy Spirit when serving.
- Royal Ambassadorship demands salvation, the Filling of the Spirit, and the residency of Bible doctrine in your soul. Thus, Experiential Sanctification, (i.e., Walking in the Light, Abiding in Christ, Fellowship with God, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit), is its prerequisite. On the negative side, the Royal Ambassadorship cannot function when the believer is in the devil’s triangle of sin, human good, and evil. All service in the devil’s triangle is human good and evil. If we fail to apply Bible doctrine, we are in the devil’s triangle.
- The Ambassador for Christ must have integrity, honor, inner stability, and conscientiousness in order to rightly serve the Lord and mankind. Therefore, he must know and apply the Royal Family Honor Code, (RFHC).
The Profile of the Ambassador
- Ambassadors do not appoint themselves. We are appointed by God Himself at the moment we believe in Jesus Christ. God also gives use the power and ability to handle the job.
- The Ambassador does not support himself. The Church Age believer, as an ambassador for Christ, is provided by God’s logistical grace blessings.
- The Ambassador’s instructions are always in written form, so he has no doubt as to what he should do. We have the policies, Problem Solving Devices, instructions, principles, doctrines, and concepts in written form in the Scripture.
- The Ambassador does not belong to the country to which he is sent. Our citizenship and home is in heaven, Phil 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We are also citizens of a client nation to God – the USA.
- The Ambassador does not live in the foreign country for his own personal interest. We live here on earth solely to serve in the interest of our Lord. Therefore, we subordinate all personal interest to the function of our ambassadorship, which includes the development and function of the spiritual skills, including the Filling of the Spirit, understanding of Bible doctrine, and execution of the Plan of God.
Our position as Ambassadors for Christ is in place as of the moment of salvation, but it is not effective until we develop spiritual skills by growing to spiritual maturity.
- The Ambassador does not treat any insult to himself as personal, Prov 12:16b. This is the Royal Ambassador’s function in both Spiritual Self-Esteem and Impersonal Love for All Mankind. We tolerate others and hold no grudges. When we are insulted, treated unfairly, or ridiculed, we have tremendous Problem Solving Devices (PSD) to handle the situation. You recognize that it is God who they are insulting and not you, you apply the PSD’s, and you turn the matter over to the Supreme Court of Heaven in Faith-Rest.
- When an Ambassador is recalled, it means either that his job is done, or it means a declaration of war. This is analogous to our death, when our Lord will bring us home as a good servant, Mat 25:21, 23, or the Rapture of the Church, 1 Thes 4:13-18. The Tribulation is analogous to the period of war.
The Royal Ambassadorship is Related to the Angelic Conflict
- The Church Age believer is not only an Ambassador to human creatures but to angels as well. You are a Royal Ambassador being watched right now. Angels observed our Lord, 1 Tim 3:16. They observe and rejoice over the conversion of one person, Luke 15:7 10. Fallen angels are organized to resist and oppose your ambassadorship and your growth in grace, Job 1:6, 2:1 3; Eph 6:12.
- The fact that angels are watching you as an Ambassador is found in:
1 Cor 4:9, “For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death (last ones into the coliseum); because we have become a spectacle (amphitheater) to the world, both to angels and to men.”
Eph 3:10, “So that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places (angels).”
1 Tim 5:21, “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen (elect) angels, to maintain these principles (doctrines) without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.”
1 Peter 1:12, “It was revealed to them (Old Test Prophets) that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those (Church Age Ambassadors) who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.”