Tell Me What This Means

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We who have believed are called “ambassadors for Christ” in 1 Corinthians 5:20. We are emissaries of the King of kings. We are commissioned to be heralds of the greatest news ever announced.

But what exactly does it mean that we are His “ambassadors”?

Maybe this story from the history of Rome will help us get our heads around what it means that we represent Christ in the world as His ambassadors.

The ambassador is clothed with all the authority of the king who sends him.

On one occasion the king of Syria, Antiochus Epiphanes, invaded Egypt. Rome desired to stop him and sent an envoy called Popillius to tell him to abandon his projected invasion. Popillius caught up with Antiochus on the borders of Egypt and they talked of this and that for they had known each other in Rome.

Popillius had not the vestige of an army with him, not even a guard. Finally Antiochus asked him why he had come. Quietly Popillius told him that he had come to tell him that Rome wished him to abandon the invasion and go home. “I will consider it,” said Antiochus.

Popillius smiled a little grimly; he took his staff and drew a circle in the earth round Antiochus. “Consider it,” he said, “and come to your decision before you leave that circle.” Antiochus thought for a few seconds and then said: “Very well. I will go home.” Popillius himself had not the slightest force available—but behind him was all the power of Rome.[1]

Men and women, we have a more powerful Sovereign than any Roman Emperor or any President or Prime Minister. Our Sovereign is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. And whether or not people heed the news we herald, the power of our Sovereign still stands behind every word He has spoken and every announcement of it that we make.

Be a herald like Popillius.

  • Be gracious.
  • Be kind.
  • Be confident.
  • Be firm.
  • Announce with joy the greatest news ever given.

[1] The Letter to the Hebrews. 2000, c1975 (W. Barclay, lecturer in the University of Glasgow, Ed.). The Daily Study Bible Series, Rev. ed. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press.


One thought on “Tell Me What This Means

  1. Another important is that an ambassador is subject to the laws of his home country not the laws of the country he is sent to. By extension, I am an ambassador, posted to the USA, but I serve at the direction of the LORD, God the Almighty. I must follow His directions or I may be called home for a period, i.e. fall out of communion with my Lord. Better quit before I carry this analogy too far.

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