What is Expected of Christians? Part 2
I mentioned last time that, as Christians, we are God’s ambassadors and representatives.
Ambassador (or Embassador) n.
- A minister of highest rank employed by one prince or state, at the court of another, to manage the public concerns of his own prince or state, and representing the power and dignity of his sovereign.
- A messenger
Our prince is Jesus Christ, and our job is to represent His power and dignity to the world as we proclaim His message: That all men (people) are sinners and are in need of a Savior that will draw them to repent.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.2 Corinthians 5:20
This message that we are charged with delivering is called the Gospel. We are commanded as Christians to share this Gospel with the world, and to represent Christ rightly.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” AmenMatthew 28:18-20
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And your are witnesses of these things.”Luke 24:46-48
We are charged to proclaim that all people are sinners (Romans 3:10-20), that sinners deserve death (Romans 6:23), that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect life, that this same Jesus died on a torture device called a cross and took God’s wrath toward sin on Himself, and that because of Him, we can be forgiven if we repent (Romans 3:24-26). To repent is to turn away from our way of life and turn to follow Christ’s way of life. Not past tense, as though He were still dead, but to follow and pursue the resurrected Savior.
And in case you still think this isn’t for you:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”Mark 16:15-16
And how will they believe of we don’t tell them? We are witnesses of the Gospel in our own lives, as Luke 24:48 says. We are responsible for sharing and preaching the Gospel to those who don’t believe. And God will hold us to it. We are watchmen.
So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.Ezekiel 33:7-9
We must warn them of the wrath to come. Consider this statement from Charles Spurgeon:
“Good Mr. Whitefield used to cry, ‘O, the wrath to come! The wrath to come!’ And ,verily, I know not what he could have said about it except to utter the exclamation- and there leave it- for that wrath to come must surpass all human language or imagination!”
Next time, we’ll talk application. Until then, pray that God will open your heart to these things and search the Scriptures for yourself.