Ambassador’s Authority

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Ambassador

  1. an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.
  2. a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.

Purposes of an Ambassador

Protect citizens
Support prosperity
Work for peace

Many people readily accept the parts of scripture where Jesus declares that He has given us authority to act on His behalf, yet we do not understand what authority we have been given.

We read a few lines in chapter 10 of the book of Luke and think that we have all sorts of power and authority on earth:

The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!

And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven.

Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. (Luke 10:17-19)

However, most people stop just one verse short of the most important part of this passage:

Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven. (Luke 10:20)

People fail to realize that it was the disciples and followers of Jesus that were excited about all the “super powers” they seemed to possess when up against the works of the enemy, but it was Jesus who put them in their place.

He states that He saw Satan fall like “lightning” or like a flash from Heaven. This wasn’t to tell the disciples “oh look I saw something cool” but rather, to warn them that pride and desire for the power of God over a relationship of God, sent Satan out of heaven in an instant. God gives grace to the humble, but opposes the proud. Jesus was warning the disciples, not joining in their “oh this is so cool” banter.

Jesus then states that we are NOT to rejoice in the demonstration of this authority but that our names are written in the book of life. Christ Said this so that the disciples would not focus themselves on the gifts or “supernatural” abilities that were gifted to them, but instead focus on the end game.

God always has an eternal perspective because He is possesses eternal life, therefore we should not be focusing on the gifts of the spirit, but the spirit by which the gifts were delivered.

All of scripture points to Christ and that the most important thing a human could have, is a relationship with Him.

 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

 

Paul then goes on to clarify what the spiritual gifts are:

 

For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
(1 Corinthians 13:9-10)

They are but “fragments” or pieces of the full power of Christ. Disciples were each given different spiritual gifts so that it would cause them to work together as a body of believers for Christ. Yet when the “complete” and “perfect” comes, when Jesus Christ comes, the imperfect will vanish. This means that when the end comes and when all sin and death has been sealed away so that we who are in Christ may live forever, it will no longer be necessary for prophesy, or healing, or the gaining of wisdom/knowledge, or teaching, or preaching, etc. We will be with God and in His presence for all eternity and there will be no need for any of these gifts.

That is why Paul says that “love” is the greatest gift. Jesus Christ IS love and He IS the greatest gift that we have received. If we do not have love (Jesus *yes you can replace the word love with Jesus and it makes perfect sense*), then we have nothing. As ambassadors for Christ, we are to protect His Kingdom of believers by protecting the truth, we are to support the prosperity of the gospel message by sharing it whenever we have the chance to do so, and we are to work FOR peace. Christ is our peace and our authority and accreditation comes from Him.

An Ambassador speaks only what his/her master speaks. An Ambassador goes only where his/her master sends them. An Ambassador has no power of their own.

An Ambassador is a servant.

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