Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
The apostle Paul explained to the Corinthian congregation that God had given him a ministry of reconciling people to God (2 Corinthians 5:18). This reconciliation was made possible by Jesus Christ cleansing us from our sins.
In verse 20 Paul compared his role to being an ambassador—an official representative of God, like the imperial ambassadors who represented the Roman emperor. Paul, and by extension all Christians, seek to bring peace and reconciliation between God and man.
To serve as an ambassador for Christ, we must share His values and promote His mission. We must not be entangled in the ways of society around us, but walk as He walked.
For more about properly representing Christ, see “Christ in Us: How Does He Live in You?”