Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, Part 181. The biblical profile of the Royal ambassador.
Friday, January 5, 2007
Point 1. Definition and Description.
a. 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, PHI 3:20-21.
Differences of function depends on differences of spiritual gifts, stages of spiritual growth, historical circumstances (prevalence of positive or negative volition), and environment at any given moment.
Common functions and services are all commanded by the scripture, so there is no confusion between what your spiritual gift demands and those functions which are common to all believers, such as witnessing, prayer, and perception of doctrine.
In addition to the mandates of scripture, there are many avenues of expressing your ambassadorship, such as utilizing the faith-rest drill and virtue-love as a problem-solving device with emphasis on spiritual self-esteem.
Point 2. The profile of the ambassador.
1. An ambassador does not appoint himself.
2. The ambassador does not support himself.
3. The ambassador’s instructions are always in written form, so he has no doubt as to what he should do.
4. The ambassador does not belong to the country to which he is sent.
5. The ambassador does not live in the foreign country for his own personal interest.
We subordinate all personal interest to the function of our ambassadorship, which includes the attainment and function of the spiritual skills, filling of the Spirit, cognition of Bible doctrine, and execution of the PPOG.
Our production skills, which include our ambassadorship, are in place as of the moment of salvation, but are not effective until we develop spiritual skills.
6. The ambassador does not treat any insult to himself as personal.
7. When an ambassador is recalled, his recall is tantamount to a declaration of war.
8. As those with communication gifts, ambassadors are authorized to communicate the great affairs of the kingdom from which they are sent.
To whom much is given much is required, LUK 12:48.
JAM 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.
It was not because he sinned but because he misrepresented the character and nature of God.
The congregation of Israel sinned over and over again against the Lord and the Lord gave them 10 tests to respond and recover.
Moses misrepresented the character and nature of God, one time, and he was not permitted to go into the promise land.
Here is another individual who sins, and yet God is much more merciful to the one who sins, than He is to the one who is misrepresenting Him to others.
a. He will be under a greater judgment, JAM 3:1; LUK 12:48.
b. Those who listen to him will be totally affected by his false views, even though they think that they are strong enough not to, LUK 6:40.
LUK 6:40 A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
1. They are the enemies of the cross of Christ.
2. Their destiny is destruction.
3. Whose God is their lust or emotion.
4. Whose glory is their shame.
5. Who concentrate on earthly things.
1. That he has the gift of pastor-teacher.
2. That he has prepared himself properly for the ministry.
3. That he communicates doctrine accurately and precisely.