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Daily Bible Verse - 11/16/2007 - 2 Corinthians 5:20

NIV We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
KJV Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
NASB Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Paul thus described his role-and the role of all believers-as a messenger representing the King of heaven with the gospel, who pleads with the people of the world to be reconciled to God, who is their rightful King (cf. Rom. 10:13-18).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (2 Co 5:20). Nashville: Word Pub.

An official representative of kings and rulers. In ancient times many kings and rulers spoke to other nations through official representatives who congratulated (1 Kin. 5:1), sought favors (Num. 20:14), made treaties (Josh. 9:4-6), and registered protests (Judg. 11:12). How the other nations treated the ambassador represented how they related to the ruler. If one treated the ambassador rudely, it was an insult to the ruler and could lead to war (2 Sam. 10:4-6).
In the New Testament the apostle Paul called himself Christ's ambassador (
Eph. 6:20)-an idea that he applied to all Christian ministers (2 Cor. 5:20
). An ambassador is sometimes called an envoy.

Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson's new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson.

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