By Patrick Hawthorne
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us…”
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
For the past two articles, we have been looking at the ambassador to the King as it relates to the born again child of God. At the end of the last article, I wrote that I would take a look at the power available to the ambassador. Notice that I write of an available power, not an automatic power. Power for the ambassador comes only through obedience to the King. For the ambassador to operate in the King’s authority, they must first be submitted to His authority.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
(Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)
The ambassador for the king is the voice, the mouthpiece of the king. As such the ambassador, when speaking for the king, operates in the power and the authority of the king. When we, the ambassadors to King Jesus, speak forth His words we speak forth His power. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the POWER of God unto salvation…” (Romans 1:16). The word for power is dunamis (du-na-mes) which is where we get our word for dynamite. This is an ability type power…an action power. It is a violent power meaning that it carries the ability to move and to create.
For the born again child of God to walk minus the power is to walk outside of the will of God. I know this may cause malcontent among some of those reading, but the Word tells us that the kingdom of God is not in word but in power (same word, “dunamis.) (1 Corinthians 4:19-20)
I’ve been praying recently, “Lord, why are we not seeing more of Your power in the United States? I do not believe that You have removed Your power, so the problem has to be with us.” Shortly after that prayer, the Lord led me to Matthew 22:29 in which Jesus was confronting the Sadducees. He said, “You are in error because you do not know the scriptures OR the power of God.
That is when realization set in. As a whole, this current generation has more knowledge of the Scriptures than at any other point in time. Yet, we do not know His power. If I had to take a wild guess, I would dare say that most people reading this article have a Bible in their home, a Bible in their car, a Bible on their phone, and a Bible on their tablet. We have concordances, lexicons, and an abundance of other valuable Biblical resources at our finger tips. We have become so knowledgeable of the Word that I dare say we have allowed intellect to overshadow power. We put our faith in our knowledge and THINK we know the will of the King when in reality we have wandered away from the power of the King.
Notice in the opening verse, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us…” Did your intellect even allow you to consider that we serve a God – a King of kings – who would stoop so low, out of a pure love for all of mankind, as to beg for mankind to be reconciled (restored) to Him; that He would use you or me to plead on His behalf? If His love for us is so great as to plead for our salvation, then why would He remove the very power that enables us to reach a lost and dying world? He wouldn’t. Therefore the problem must be with us, the Body.
This is what I believe…The same power that was used to raise Jesus from the dead is available to every born again child of God (Ephesians 1:19). The same power that commanded the lame man to walk, the blind to see, the dead to rise, the oceans to calm, is the same power available to the child of God. I want to not only see that power restored, but to walk in that power for my King. Be blessed.