“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST”
God revealed to the Apostle Paul His great love for the nations of the world. Moreover, He set that same love in Paul’s own heart. Listen carefully to these words written to the church at Corinth:
“Now all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing [reckoning] their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:18-20).
Truly, this is God’s plan for the nations – that they be reconciled to Himself. He wants ALL people to know, love, worship and serve Him with all of their being. He has never changed His mind; it is still the deep desire of His heart.
THE FIRST AMBASSADORS
It was the deep desire of Peter’s heart. It was the deep desire of Paul’s heart. And Philip’s. And all the New Testament apostles, prophets, elders, deacons — the whole Church.
They had seen the “true Light” -Jesus. They believed in the light (John 12:36). They received the gift of salvation. The light of the Gospel shone in their hearts.
They didn’t keep the gift a ‘secret. They didn’t hide the light “under a basket” (Matt 5:15). They “let it shine” before men and women in Judea, Samaria… and beyond.
A MIGHTY START
They had witnessed the Light. Now they went forth as witnesses of the Light – preaching the Gospel of salvation to as many as they could.
And they witnessed so faithfully, and preached so fearlessly – under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – that within just two months of the Resurrection, thousands received God’s free gift of salvation through Christ Jesus (Acts 2:41).
It wasn’t yet “all the world” (Mark 16:15) -but it was a mighty start!
“WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE …”
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me … to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
This may have seemed like an impossible task. But the Lord had assured them that “with God ALL things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
So they stepped out in faith, and went to work witnessing in a sin darkened world. The Holy Spirit lit the way. He inspired and empowered them to play a vital role in fulfilling God’s end-time plan.
He can do the same for you.