by John Greene
“Now then we are ambassadors for the Messiah, as though Elohim did beseech you by us: we pray you in the Messiah’s stead, be ye reconciled to Elohim. For the one who did not know sin was made to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him. We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of Elohim in vain. For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2, WoY
According to the teaching of the first century disciples and the teaching of Yahshua [Jesus], disciples of Messiah work together for an important cause. This cause is to spread the knowledge of His Kingdom by what ever means possible. This is a goal that is to always be in the minds and hearts of true disciples. Those that do this are ‘fellow workers’ (sunergeo) in the body or gathering of Messiah. Some Bible translations use the word ambassador, which in a worldly sense, does have some accuracy. However, the word ambassador separates individuals into a worldly view of diplomacy. Nowhere are Christians told to be diplomats, but to pursue the righteousness of Elohim [YHWH]. (Hebrews 12:14; 2 Timothy 2:22; Psalm 34:14)
Christians cannot be diplomats (John 15:18-19) in the sense of personal give and take with the world. (Philippians 2:5-11; John 5:38) Discipleship is not a game of negotiation. True disciples of Messiah do not deceive themselves or others with the idea that they can keep corruption in their lives. (Matthew 5:8; John 15:3; Acts 15:9; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Peter 4:3-4; Isaiah 57:20) Certainly, you can come as you are (Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 22:17; Hebrews 12:2), but this invitation is not an official exemption that abiding in Messiah and the Holy Spirit is not required. (John 15:1-8, 17:16; 1 John 2:5-6) Forgiveness & salvation is joyfully offered to all who recognize the truth of personal sin and are willing to admit sin and forsake it. (John 15:9-25) This is called repentance. Disciples of the Messiah are not of the world, which means a disciple doesn’t seek separation from the Most High, but separation from the ways of man’s thinking and traditions. (1 John 2:15-17; Ephesians 5:11; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:17; James 4:4; Leviticus 20:26; Isaiah 30:1-17; Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 7:1-11; Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 4:14-19)
Disciples of the Messiah are fellow workers (James 4:11; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:15, 23-24; Acts 1:8) seeking after the same purpose of spreading the truth about Yahshua [Jesus], the Word of Elohim and the fast approach of Elohim’s Kingdom under Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. We are to be doers, not simply hearers. Doers of YHWH’s Kingdom have different approaches, depending on their talents and abilities. (James 1:22; Romans 2:13) Any of us can begin to think that hearing Elohim’s Word is the same as obeying His Word. In the minds of many, this ‘subtle disparity’ between hearing and doing is ignored for a gospel of cheap grace, where nothing is required but ‘faith.’ (John 13:16-17) The idea of faith is then cheapened to the same level of ‘anything goes.’ Pew sitting and polite listening does not make anyone a student, must less a sanctified or set apart disciple.
Today, most people spend their entire lives worrying over everything that they see. This is because most people are occupied with the world around them as they see it. Most Christians are no different, even when Yahshua [Jesus] tells them not to worry and fear. (Matthew 6:19-34; 1 Peter 4:6-7; Philippians 4:13; 1 Timothy 1:7; Psalm 34:4) They listen to the fears of the world that are clearly present, even advertised in everyday life. (Matthew 5:13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13) These advertisements are then made personal as they bring these ideas of fear and loathing into their minds and hearts. They let personal expectations of the past govern their present and their future. They believe what the world tells them, which is often little more than thinly disguised propaganda. Some professed Christians may vainly mouth the popular proclamation that if we work hard (by the world) and live right (by the world), we will be prosperous. That is the concern of most men. In this way, professed Christians turn themselves into ‘most men’ and wonder why they are so miserable. (1 John 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:33) They have forgotten the promise of their Heavenly Father, abandoning that expectation for whatever is around them. They speak about ‘hope’ without having confidence in what YHWH thinks. Without confidence, hope is nothing at all. The real meaning of their ‘faith’ is trust, nothing less than complete belief in YHWH and His promises. (Romans 15:4) These promises are, however, conditional based on obedience. This is unpopular talk in the eyes of many, but is nothing less than Bible truth.
Instead, multitudes of Christians have come to look at a personal standard of life as the world sees it. They do just as their grandparents may have done and what everyone else does around them. They have counted on the trappings of wealth and prosperity of their nation, with the expectation of always doing better from a worldly viewpoint. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) They have placed their stock in the world of man. Multitudes of professed Christians no longer know what to believe because they don’t truly believe in the power of the Heavenly Father, but rather, the gods around them, the gods of government, even the god of self. Where do you place your trust? This is evident by your life and the spiritual fruit that you bear. (Galatians 5:22-26; Luke 13:1-9) Your true spiritual fruit is revealed under pressure in the heat of trial. (1 Peter 1:7, 4:12; Hebrews 5:8; Psalm 117:71; Psalm 34:17-19; 2 Corinthians 1:4)
“Blessed be the Elohim [YHWH] and Father of our Master Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of Yahshua Messiah from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the heavens for you, who are protected by the power of Elohim through belief, for a deliverance ready to be revealed in the last time, in which you exult, even though for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by manifold trials, in order that the proving of your belief – much more precious than gold that perishes, and proven by fire – might be found to result in praise and respect and esteem at the revelation of Yahshua Messiah” – 1 Peter 1:3-7, ISR98
“Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:32-33, NKJV
As you patiently endure you can rest in the certainty that you will not suffer the judgment that is coming on the world of man. You know this because you have sounded Elohim’s Word into your mind and heart. You know Elohim’s take on this world. Even though life may become difficult, there is no power that can take the power and grace of YHWH from you. This is because you put His Kingdom first. (Matthew 6:31-33; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 9:24; 2 Timothy 4:7)
“Do not worry at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahshua [Jesus].” – Philippians 4:6-7
Even though most Christians worry about the world at some point, this is because they aren’t thinking about the truth of scripture. Disciples of Messiah must increase in trust. That trust will be tested. The truth is that life of earth isn’t about to get better for the long term under man’s rule, especially as we enter into a new age of Bible prophecy fulfillment. This is not about painting scary visions that a man can only imagine. This is real in a way that we are living now. The world has been told that the ‘day of the Lord’ will come as a thief in the night. (Matthew 24:42-44; 2 Peter 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3) If the world is looking at a specific day for the world to end in line with a pagan calendar of events, do you believe that scripture says when the Messiah will return? Hardly. He will come at a time when most men aren’t looking for Him, perhaps even a moment of great prosperity and vision when world governments are gloating about their power and good fortune.
Disciples of the Most High need to be believers, certain that they won’t be surprised. Instead, disciples of Messiah will be alert, putting full trust in the provision of Elohim. (1 Thessalonians 5:4-11; 1 John 4:4; Romans 10:17) This is and will continue to be a time for upbuilding and strengthening, using fully the armor of YHWH (Ephesians 6), living by trust, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) This is a time to increase in Bible knowledge. This is a time to increase in trust and relationship with the Holy Spirit instead of denying His help. False teachers of all kinds will seek to trample on your trust in YHWH. They will declare that the sacrifice of Messiah is of no effect. Others will declare the power of ‘another messiah.’ Many have and will continue in the attempt to undermine the authority of Elohim and the power of Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah. Many will and do deny the Holy Spirit. Many will seek another gospel, a false or counterfeit one, just as multitudes have since the sacrifice of the Master. True disciples of Messiah put their trust in Elohim’s promises for them while abiding in the Master through the accurate knowledge of scripture. While the world clambers to have global authority protect them in a time of great fear, disciples of Messiah know their only Source. Our redemption draws near! (Luke 21:28; Matthew 5:14-16; Revelation 6:16; Psalm 17:8) Be persistent and never give up!