Ambassadors of the New Jerusalem

July 18, 2008

What did Paul mean that he was an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 6:20)? An ambassador is more than just a trustworthy representative of his kingdom’s principles, but is a resident of that kingdom! As I wrote before, for one to “spiritualize” such weighty, foundational, and concrete truths would cause that one to be unable to fully live by the power of an endless life, but would always struggle with and dabble in sin. There is a major difference between the person who has only mentally ascended to a vision to live in light of eternity, and the person who takes that and then experientially ascends into visions of the Light in eternity; both are good and necessary, but only he who dwells in heaven will actually be a sojourner and a pilgrim on earth, being in the world but not of the world. If the world does not hate you, then they do not consider you to be an ambassador (or, a residential representative) of heaven. If we are not with Jesus where He is, can we ever have unity, or will the world ever believe in Him or what He has done for us all?

Those who have seen and heard of that which is within the city made by God do not fall to the temptations of the devil, nor become ensnared by the results of either the loss or gain of earthly treasures, nor do they give way to impatience or complaining or entitlement or elitism. They who have truly seen and felt the living light of the Lamb will faithfully walk in and by that light, hearing His commands and keeping them. The Lamb’s commands are summed up in this: love others as He loves you. This ever radiant, ever proceeding, ever increasing light is like oil used for a burning lamp, and the Lamb who is liberal in His giving gives to all who approach Him, that they would be made to be shining lights in the world. To be sent by God, one must first dwell with God; to dwell with God, one must be born of God; to be born of God, one must first receive the love of His Son. We love Him because He first loved us; we choose Him because He first chose us; we dwell with Him because He first dwelt with us, taking on flesh that we might become children of God.

Moses as a servant ascended Sinai, and came back down with a glowing countenance, but we have not come to Mount Sinai; we have come to Mount Zion, and those who are sons, having believed in the Son, can ascend this holy hill, not by works, but by grace through faith, and come back down transformed into His image. This is our inheritance who are in the Son, and not just for a select few saints – though this does not negate that we must still prepare ourselves to come into His holy city, for “there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie” (Rev. 21:27; see also 22:15). I suggest to those who already believe in the Son to take communion before contemplative prayer, confessing all sin that you would be washed clean, and resolving to walk worthy of a child of God. As it is written, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14). And in daily contemplative prayer, simply ask Your Father to lead you into His presence, that you would not just see, but hear, taste, feel, and smell heavenly things, that you would truly be an ambassador of the New Jerusalem, that all through you might believe.

See you there!

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