2 Corinthians 5:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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."

2 Corinthians 5:20, ESV: "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

2 Corinthians 5:20, 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."

2 Corinthians 5:20, 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, NLT: "So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'"

2 Corinthians 5:20, CSB: "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ's behalf: "Be reconciled to God.""

What does 2 Corinthians 5:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Simple terms explain Paul's mission in life. His work, given to him by the Lord, is to take the message of reconciliation with God through faith in Christ to as many people as possible. He gives himself and his co-workers a new title to describe this work: They are "ambassadors for Christ." Just as a political ambassador lives in a foreign land, representing the interests of their home and Lord, so too do Christians represent Jesus and His message to the world. God is making His appeal to the world through His ambassadors. Standing in that position, Paul implores all readers of his letter: Be reconciled to God through faith in Christ.

This simple message has not changed in the 2,000 years since Paul wrote these words. Christ's ambassadors continue to implore all who will hear it around the world be reconciled to God by having their sins forgiven through faith in Christ's death in their place on the cross. God is not holding the sins of those who come to Him through faith in Christ against them. That's what the world should hear from those who are in Christ.