Representatives

Silver Stater coins.

How we are to represent Christ:

Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? –LUKE 14:34

Salt can lose its flavour. When it gets wet and then dries, nothing is left but a tasteless residue.  Many Christians blend into the world and avoid the cost of standing up for Christ.  But Jesus says if Christians lose their distinctive saltiness, they become worthless.  Just as salt flavours and preserves food, we are to preserve the good in the world, help keep it from spoiling, and bring new flavour to life.  This requires careful planning, willing sacrifice, and unswerving commitment to Christ’s kingdom.  Being “salty” is not easy, but if a Christian fails in this function, he or she fails to represent Christ in the world.  How salty are you?

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – EPHESIANS4:1-2

God has chosen us to be Christ’s representatives on earth. In the light of this truth, Paul challenges us to live lives worthy of the calling we have received – – the awesome privilege of being called Christ’s very own.  This includes being humble, gentile, patient, understanding, and peaceful.  People are watching your life.  Can they see Christ in you?  How well are you doing as his representative?

 

Priests were representing the people before God:

“This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so that they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect.  – EXODUS 29:1ff

Why did God set up the priesthood? God had originally intended that his chosen people be a “kingdom of priests” with both the nation as a whole and each individual dealing directly with God.  But the people’s sin prevented this from happening because a sinful person is not worth to approach a perfect God.  God then appointed priests from the tribe of Levi and set up the system of sacrifices to help the people approach him.  He promises to forgive the people’s sins if they would offer certain sacrifices administered by the priests on behalf of the people.  Through these priests and their work, God wished to prepare all people for the coming of Jesus Christ, who would once again offer a direct relationship with God for anyone who would come to him.  But until Christ came, the priests were the people’s representatives before God.  Through his Old Testament system, we can better understand the significance of what Christ did for us (see Hebrews 10:1-4).

©Kingsway International Church 1973.

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