The Ambassador in Bonds


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Pray for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my moth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. For which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak (Ephesians 6:19-20).

What a joy to know that believers are so special to the Lord and the kingdom of heaven that they are ‘appointed’ ambassadors for Christ; they are also regarded as the light of the world and salt of the earth (Matt 5:13-16). Paradoxically, while ambassadors are held in high esteem and respected in all civilised countries, the bible text under consideration points to the ambassador of the King of Heaven being in chains!! Why will this be so?

A hostile world and the God who is love: In contemporary foreign relations, nations respect their ambassadors as a mark of mutual friendship. However, there exists marked hostility towards the kingdom of heaven by the kingdoms of this world; this accounts for why heaven’s ambassadors can be imprisoned and persecuted. But the love of God makes him and his ambassadors to continue to seek to reconcile man back to God, even when such people hate and despise the things pertaining to God; even when they ‘do not do God!’

Furthermore the notion of ambassador and chains present some conflicts – paradoxes – which often characterise the Christian life. For example, Jesus is referred to both as the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5) and also the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29). Similarly, Paul speaks about knowing how to abound and also be abased (Phil 4:12). And what about the triumphs and trials of faith which are well spoken of in Hebrews chapter 11? In the midst of these conflicts, believers must learn to believe the report of the Lord as opposed to contrary reports, feelings or experiences. In all these it is important to understand that the Christian journey entails different seasons and we must learn to understand the times and keep the balance.

In spite of the hostility that the world may exhibit, we shall succeed in this special ‘ambassadorial’ assignment, through Christ who gives us strength…Amen.

Pastors Marcus & Norah Chilaka

(Zonal Pastors)