Righteous Ambassadors of Christ

Righteous Ambassadors of Christ

Dec 30, 2012

By: Emilio Ramos

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Series: 2 Corinthians

Preliminary Summary

Having been committed with the ministry of reconciliation, Paul now asserts his status as Christ’ representative and spokesman in the world. Paul saw that he was not only in the service of Christ representing Christ as His ambassador but that it was for Christ sake that he executed his ministry. Paul took the calling to be Christ’s ambassador serious realizing that God was speaking through him and through the message He had entrusted to him in the gospel or the word of reconciliation. Paul’s appeal was both genuine and faithful. He spoke the truth of God’s message with holy sincerity and biblical accuracy. His ministry and his preaching were Christ-centered in every way. Christ was at the very heart of the word of reconciliation as he will go on to clarify. Paul’s appeal was nothing less than calling sinners to do business with God to be brought back to God and to be reconciled to God so that they might have peace with God through Jesus Christ. Christ is the heart of the message of reconciliation because it is on the basis of Christ’s imputed righteousness that sinners are put right with God. God accomplishes this redemption by Christ’s own vicarious sacrifice where He takes the sin of the world upon Himself to be the substitute of His people. This is the only way that man will not have his sins counted against him; by having his sin counted against Christ through His substitutionary death. But the message of reconciliation is more glorious than that. It would be enough that God should leave us in a neutral position to dwell in a realm of limbo of some kind; that would be mercy in of itself. However God goes beyond this to give us positively the very righteousness of His Son, the divine righteousness of God through a person’s union with Jesus Christ.

Righteous Ambassadors of Christ

1.) THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION EXPLAINED

1.1, The need for a godly ambassador (2 Cor. 5.10-11; 2.17; 4.2)

1.2, The need for a faithful ambassador (2 Tim. 2.15; Heb. 5.13-14; 2 Pet. 3.17-18)

1.2.1, The instruments of God (1 Thess. 2.13; Ezk. 18.31-32)

1.2.2, The intentionality of Christ (1 Tim. 2.15)

1.2.3, The incentive of peace (John 6.37; Acts 2.38; 3.19; Rom. 5.1)

2.) THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION EXPLAINED

2.1, The first imputation (1 Cor. 5.7; Is. 53; Heb. 9.13-14)

2.2, The second imputation (Rom. 5. Phil. 3.9)


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