Wednesday, June 11, 2008

God's Legatus

Legatus is a Latin Word for ambassador, envoy, or legion commander. One sent by a person of supreme authority to represent him in a given situation. Also Roman citizens sent by an order of the Senate to establish Roman government in a recently conquered province were legatus.

Paul in 2 Corinthians writes of this position in which we live when he mentions that we are “ambassadors for Christ.” The Message says, “We're speaking for Christ himself now.” Also we can see the same idea in Ephesians 6:20 when he says, “I am an ambassador in chains… pray for me that… [I may] boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” Paul clearly understood the call of God on his life to be His representative here on the earth.

We too have been commissioned as God’s legatus.

Jesus taught us to believe that the will of God is to be done on the earth as it is in heaven.

In Matthew and Mark he sent us as his envoys to the world when he said, “Go, and make disciples of all nationalities and races, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to put into practice all I have told you. These signs will accompany true believers: they will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in new tongues; they will take snakes in their hands and if they drink poison and they will not be hurt; believers will lay hands on the sick and they will be healed."
Jesus gave us authority to speak in His name. We are His legatus here on the earth. He has sent us to establish His kingdom here; in our lives, our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, our nations, in all the earth.

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