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Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary.
The Tree of Life from the week ending 10/23/05
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 29.
The antagonism of the world system toward believers and Bible doctrine.

We have been noting The Doctrine of Ambassadorship. So far we have seen: 
Point 1. Definition and Description.
Point 2. The profile of the Ambassador.
Point 3. The Royal Ambassadorship is specialized and intensified in the gift of Pastor teacher.
We are now on Point 4. The Royal Ambassadorship is also related to your personal evangelism. 

2CO 5:14-15, For the love of Christ controls or motivates us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
He included everyone in His death, so that everyone could also be included in His life, a resurrection life.
2CO 5:16, Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
We are not to evaluate people by what they have or how they look. Here is the way we are to look at each other: 
2CO 5:17-19, Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
God solved the problem that the world had with Him through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by the forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone that good news.
2CO 5:20, Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. We are Christ's representatives or ambassadors.
This is the function of every believer who witnesses and is the special function of the believer with the gift of evangelism.

We are to witness through verbal communication of the Gospel of the word of God, not only through our lifestyle. Paul said in Eph 6:19-20, And pray on my behalf, that utterance [expression, articulation, verbalization] may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness [confidence] the mystery of the gospel, For which[Gospel] I am an ambassador in chains, that in this [proclaiming the mystery doctrine], I might communicate with confidence as I ought to speak.

We all are to have confidence, 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."
MAT 10:19-20, "But when they deliver you up, do not become anxious about how or what you will speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what you are to speak. For it is not you who speak, but {it is} the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."

Point 5. The Royal Ambassadorship mandates the function of Spiritual Self esteem and Impersonal Love, Philemon 1:9.

In these passages, the apostle Paul is writing to Philemon, his good friend, PHM 1:9-19, 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. 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, and with this comes impersonal love for all mankind. This is the giant step in the Christian life, and it is when you really begin to live as an ambassador or representative of TLJC. While personal love for God is the function of our royal priesthood, spiritual self-esteem and impersonal love for all mankind are the functions of our ambassadorship. Now you begin to operate in EPH 4:32, And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Everything the believer does in life becomes a part of the procedure and policy as a royal ambassador. Every believer, therefore, makes a pulpit out of his circumstances in every area of life. In 2Co 3, we have a passage about our individual pulpits, and a little sanctified sarcasm. 2CO 3:1-3, Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; Being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for or ministered to by us, written not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.

The apostle Paul had led the Corinthians to the Lord, and he is saying this with divine sarcasm to a group of believers who have now been influenced by legalism. They had permitted Judaizers to teach in their congregation. 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?" Once a believer opens up the door to false teaching, he will begin to reject the true teaching that he once had. The Corinthians were carried away with false doctrines because they would let almost anyone, with an exciting personality, speak and teach. The Judaizers entered without letters of recommendation and had misled the Corinthians, and they have become a legalistic congregation. By rejecting Paul's ministry the Corinthians have invalidated Paul's original letter of recommendation to them, but they required no letters of recommendation from false teachers. Most of the Corinthian believers were his converts; they are living letters manifesting the evangelism, and in some cases, the teaching of the apostle Paul. The Corinthians were the beneficiaries of doctrinal teaching from Paul; therefore, they are letters written by Paul.

As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, your life is either a book on doctrine or on disaster. Your life is either one of spirituality or one of legalism, one of grace or one of arrogance. A life for Christ, in the PPOG, or for Satan in the cosmic system. Your life is either in the kingdom of God or in the kingdom of darkness. So, your life is either a good or a bad letter, depending on your attitude toward Bible doctrine. People should read Christ in your life; this is the challenge of the living letter or the walking epistle, and the key is not to quit, not to get down on yourself, but continue to keep going forward.

Point 6. The Royal Ambassadorship is also related to the Angelic Conflict.

Not only does the Church-age believer function as an ambassador for mankind, but the believer is also an ambassador to angelic creatures as well. You are being watched, right now, by angels. Angelic creatures are observing certain aspects of human history. Elect angels observe human history, while fallen angels oppose human history. For example, elect angels rejoice over the salvation of one person, LUK 15:7, "I tell you that in the same way, there will be {more} joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

LUK 15:10, "In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

In the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, angels observed every part of the first advent and incarnation of our Lord (1TI 3:16 says He was Beheld by angels). In the dispensation of the Church-age, angels observe members of the Royal Family of God in their failure and success to execute and fulfill the PPOG. In 1CO 4:9, the apostle Paul said, For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. The word Greek word for spectacle is theatron, where we get the word theater from, and it means a theater, a place for public shows, a play, a place for the performance of dramatic representations.

In 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. Angels even observe the believers in the Church-age receiving commands from headquarters according to 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. Angels desire and long to look into the things that so many of God's people take for granted, 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. The Greek word for long is epithumeo, which means to have a desire for something, to long for, or set the heart upon something.

In MAT 18:10 angels observe and protect children, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven." In LUK 16:22 angels escorted Lazarus to Paradise when he died, "Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom;" In 1CO 11:10 angels observe the attitude that the woman has toward her husband and the symbol of authority that it represents.

1CO 6:3 says Do you not know that we shall judge angels? The Greek word for judge is krino, which means to make decisions for, to conclude, approve, decree, rule, govern, to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions. Any one of these definitions can be used as far as our relationship with the elect angels in the future. On the other hand, Satan has organized a tremendous demon army to hinder Church-age believers from fulfilling the PPOG. Satanic observation is also in his organization of fallen angels to resist evangelism and the fulfillment of the PPOG. Fallen angels are organized to resist and oppose positive believers, 1Pe 5:8, Be of sober spirit [Attain S.S.E.], be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Satan's major objective is twofold: 1) To blind the minds of unbelievers so they won't accept Christ. 2) If they do believe in Christ, hinder their function and execution of the PPOG, distract them in every way possible, and keep them from making Bible doctrine their number one priority. Satan has organized an effective system to get us out of the PPOG into cosmic systems one and two. Demons don't sit in the stands and watch us as do elect angels; the demons are on the playing field observing, and are organized to oppose our ambassadorship (EPH 6:12). They are opposed to your growing in grace.

If we are ever going to understand the divine plan of God we need to be crystal clear on what the grace of God is all about. The biblical meaning of the word grace represents that which is limitless and measureless. Grace is nothing less than the unlimited love of God expressing itself in measureless blessing. It represents realities which are infinite and eternal.

Point 7. The Ambassador for Christ Must Operate in Dignity.

The dignity of the ambassador should reflect the greatness of the one, or the country, that sent him. The greater the king, the greater the ambassador should be. Ambassadors usually have respect from those who respect their master, and rejection from those who reject their master. We are sent into the world as representatives of the Creator of heaven and earth. There will be those who honor our ambassadorship, as well as those that reject it. The point is, we cannot despise the messenger and yet honor the master, LUK 10:16, "The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."
MAT 10:40-42, "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in {the} name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward."
MAT 25:34-40, "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me {something} to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, {even} the least {of them,} you did it to Me."

Point 8. The Ambassador should cast no indignity upon his office.

He should behave wisely, 1TH 2:10, You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; He should avoid all appearances of evil,
1TH 5:22, abstain from every form of evil. In so doing, the ambassador brings honor upon himself and therefore on the one who sent him rather than reproach upon himself and on the one he represents. This means that each ambassador must operate under those four divine laws: 1) Law of Liberty - This law is directed toward one's own self. There are certain things that you can do that will not hurt you nor disturb your spiritual walk. The law of liberty clears my conscience from any guilt or condemnation that might try to take away my liberty (1CO 6:12; ROM 14:1-4). 2) Law of Love - This principle takes other believers into consideration.
This is a very important principle especially if you are a pastor, a deacon, or in an administrative position in the local assembly. The law of love says because of your love for the weaker, and often legalistic brethren, and in order to keep them from being critical or causing them to fall or to take liberties that they may not be able to handle, you refrain from these liberties. This is not arrived at because your liberty is wrong, but because they are weaker in their faith and understanding of truth. As a believer in advanced doctrine you desire to help others, and not hurt them (ROM 14:13; 1JO 2:10; 1CO 8:12; 9:12).
3) Law of Expediency - This law considers the unbeliever. It is expedient that you have a testimony in your life before the unbelieving world. The unbeliever has set up in his mind, right and wrong standards of conduct for Christians. Therefore you refrain from doing certain things, not because they are wrong, but because they can keep the unbeliever from the true issue which is, Christ died for all our sins.
4) Law of Supreme Sacrifice - This law says that there are times when certain believers should refrain from doing some very normal and very legitimate things, so that they can have a maximum effectiveness for TLJC as ambassadors enlisted in His army (1CO 9:1-5, 19-23).

Point 9. Every ambassador must answer to the king who sent him, LUK 12:48; GAL 6:5; ROM 14:12.

The ambassador is to do his best to negotiate and accomplish the business for which he has been sent. If his work is not accomplished he will be called to give an account. We are ambassadors of Christ. An ambassador for TLJC is a place and position of honor and dignity. However, where there is honor there is trust, and where there is trust there is responsibility. Many love and desire the dignity; they love pre-eminence, yet they excuse the work and responsibility that comes with it. 3JO 1:9, I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. In fact, none have a greater trust and responsibility than pastors and ministers. It is a weight that made the apostle Paul even tremble. He said in 1CO 2:3, I was among you with much fear and trembling.

Pastors have responsibility for the souls committed unto them and pastors need to realize that each soul is worth more than all the world to TLJC. However, to every believer is deposited the word or doctrine of reconciliation. We should therefore pray, and use all imaginable means, to bring the souls of men to terms of peace and reconciliation with God. As Paul said in 2CO 5:11, Knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men. 2CO 5:20, We invite you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God.

Point 10. The Ambassador must also be faithful to the One who sent him.

He must be faithful in all things including the little things, Mat 25:21, His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.
LUK 16:10, "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much." He should not become a servant or a slave to the foreign country he has been sent to. The analogy is that the believer is not of this world, as we have seen in JOH 15:19, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

The believer should not become dependent on this world for its blessings. We should not seek things from the enemies of Christ, 1Th 2:4-8, For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who examines our hearts. For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed, God is witness, nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

Point 11.  The Ambassador should protect and seek the interest of his fellow citizens or those who are in the foreign country with him.

An ambassador should reveal love, care and tenderness to all heavenly citizens. We are here not to fight with one another. We are not here to weaken but strengthen the hands of the members of the Royal Family of God or what we call our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not here to compete and compare, 2CO 10:12, For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

As ambassadors for Christ, as members of His body, as branches with the vine, stones in the same building, sheep of the same flock, priests of the same kingdom, members of the new creation, and a part of His bride we ought to treat each other with the utmost of respect, GAL 6:9-10, And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
GAL 6:10, So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
MAT 25:40, "And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, {even} the least {of them,} you did it to Me."

The main function of an ambassador for Christ is to operate in the grace of God. Grace means kindness, mercy, and favor. Kindness and mercy imply that we don't earn it or deserve it. Grace is based on divine mercy and divine forgiveness. We are forgiven on the basis of what God has done for us. We are never forgiven on the basis of what we have done for God. Grace is divine provision for mankind before, during, and after salvation. Grace is all that God is free to do for mankind without compromising his essence.

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