The Modest Ambassador
In 1 Timothy 2 Paul makes a plea to modesty. Modesty in the believer subjugates self and flesh so that God may the more clearly be seen… so that the Nature of God Himself can be seen.
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” Paul summarized to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 14:40). He had been speaking about the manner of activities when believers meet. Previously he had written that “God is not a God of disorder” (v.33). So it is no surprise that He should expect His children also to reflect orderliness, decency and appropriateness in all they do and in the representation of Him that they reflect to this world.
The believer must remember that he is not his own. “You are not your own;” Paul reminds, “you were bought at a price.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). If we were our own we would yet be damned, “dead in our transgressions and sins” (Eph. 2:1). But we have been redeemed, Christ’s death for our life. Make no doubt about it, just as surely as He has given us His life, we have given Him ours. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it” (Matt. 16:25).
So we are not our own, but His. Paul summarized the believer’s experience of this new life well in writing to the Galatians:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20-21).
Furthermore, He has now made us His representatives on this earth, salt, light, soldiers and ambassadors: “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them…. we are Christ’s ambassadors” (1 Cor. 5:15, 20).
Consequently, for all these reasons we have been commissioned to act and live in a manner that reflects the decency, orderliness, appropriateness, guilelessness, respect and decency that is God. We are expected to live “a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:3).
“Therefore,” Paul concluded, “honor God with your bodies.” (1 Cor. 6:20).