Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 106. The antagonism of the world system toward believers and Bible doctrine. Part 9. Royal Ambassadorship.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Point 4. The Royal Ambassadorship is also Related to Your Personal Evangelism, 2CO 5:20.
He included everyone in His death so that everyone could also be included in His life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.
We are not to witness only through our lifestyle.
That is cowardice.
PSA 81:10 I, the Lord, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt [bondage from the cosmic system]; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
Point 5. The Royal Ambassadorship Mandates the Function of Spiritual Self-esteem and Impersonal Love,PHM 1:9.
PHM 1:9-11 but I’d rather make it a personal request. While here in jail, I’ve fathered a child, so to speak. And here he is, hand-carrying this letter--Onesimus! He was useless to you before; now he’s useful to both of us.
PHM 1:12-19 I’m sending him back to you, but it feels like I’m cutting off my right arm in doing so. I wanted in the worst way to keep him here as your stand-in to help out while I’m in jail for the Message. So if you still consider me a comrade-in-arms, welcome him back as you would me. If he damaged anything or owes you anything, chalk it up to my account. Yet for love’s sake, I rather appeal to you, since I am such a person as Paul, the ambassador, and now a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
When your momentum takes you to personal love for God, you now have spiritual self-esteem.
While personal love for God is the function of our royal priesthood, spiritual self-esteem and impersonal love for man are the functions of our ambassadorship.
EPH 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Every believer makes a pulpit out of his circumstances in every area of life.
Paul is saying, “Since you have now opened up the door to false teaching, do I need another letter of commendation or recommendation before I can enter the congregation?”
The Corinthians were carried away with false doctrines because they would let almost anyone with an exciting personality speak and teach.
They are living letters of flesh manifesting the evangelism, and in some cases even the teaching, of the apostle Paul.
“In” - “by” = written by our hearts or our right lobe.
Your life is either a book on doctrine or disaster.
Your life is either spirituality or legalism.
Grace or arrogance.
Christ or Satan.
Kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness.
Your life is either life in the pre-designed plan of God or the cosmic system.
The Corinthians are not only Paul’s letter of recommendation from his teaching but an open letter from Christ to the human race.
This letter either calls attention to self which is negative or calls attention to TLJC which is positive.
Growing with a growth which comes from God glorifies TLJC and therefore becomes an open letter to the human race about the life that Christ can give.
Ministered by us - K.J.
Penned by us - Weymouth
Written by us - Phillips
Transcribed by me - Montgomery
Produced by my service - Williams
Prepared by us - Basic English
Delivered by us - TCNT.
The plural used here “by us” = Paul, Timothy, Titus, and Apollos - all of whom had pastored the Corinthian church.
The teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit is the ultimate one responsible for the believer being a letter from TLJC to the entire human race.
1CO 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
Your ambassadorship is basically made up of two factors: how you live, and what you say as a result of what you think.
Point 6. The Royal Ambassadorship is Also Related to the Angelic Conflict.
Elect angels rejoice over the salvation of one person, LUK 15:7,10.
In the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, angels observed every part of the first advent and incarnation of our Lord - 1TI 3:16 “Beheld by angels”
Spectacle - nominative neuter singular - theatron = a theater, a place for public shows, a play, a place for the performance of dramatic representations.
EPH 3:10 in order that the multi-faceted or many-sides of the wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
1TI 5:21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.
1PE 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven - things into which angels long to look.
Long - epithumeo = to have a desire for something, to long for, to set the heart upon.