This is one of those power packed passages with so much to takeaway!
Our Earthly bodies are frail
In the previous chapter our bodies are compared to jars of clay, in this one to tents. Both are pretty fragile, but we are promised a far better heavenly body. That is guaranteed by the Spirit and prepared by God for us.
Knowing that we are secure and awaiting a better heavenly body for eternity we are…
- Of good courage – we have strength and courage to live on earth, doing what the Lord wants us to do.
- Walking by faith not sight – we can’t see our heavenly bodies, but we have a promise to trust. therefore we walk by faith not sight.
- Aim to please Him – although our salvation is secured by the gaurantee of the Spirit, reward is at stake for how we live out the Christian life.
Sorted, boxed, labelled
I have lots of DIY items like bolts, brackets and screws sorted, boxed and labelled in old coffee tins. Crafters will do the same often with their beads and so on. It’ a good idea to sort, box and label things for easy retrieval and use. But that is not okay with people! We don’t sort and categorise people on outward appearances!
We are under the skin people! Not regarding one another acording to flesh, but on the heart. And we have a new heart!
As Christians we are new creations – the old has gone and the new has come. Note the tense. It’s done already. The prophetic promise to Ezekiel is fulfilled. Our heart of stone has been replaced by a heart of flesh – beating with the life and love of Christ that controls us!
Our new identity makes us ambassadors
This wonderful new creation that we are means we have been reconciled – where we were once enemies of God, we are now reconciled to be friends and sons and daughters!
Therefore we have a ministry and message of reconciliation to help others get reconciled to God.
The Lord has appointed us ambassadors. They are the appointed representatives of a nation state. In ancient times, when communication was slower than today a nation’s ambassador had full authority to communicate and negotiate a nation’s views and interests.
So when the Lord has made us ambassadors we have incredibly authority to carry out the kingdom of God’s views and interests. We have authority to act on behalf of the king for the benefit of the kingdom. That is amazing. To heal, to deliver and raise the dead. God makes appeal, His will, known through us! Not just authority to give out Ferrero Rocher choccies at ambassadorial parties – you have authority to extend the Kingdom, to invade and conquer enemy territory, with the full back up of the Kingdom’s army! Up and at them Ambassador!