Ambassadorially


#1

In The Gospel According To John, a footnote mentions:

John 8, Verses 21-30 He whose ambassador I am is with me. Jesus' origin is from God; he can reveal God.   
 
 Can a prophet in the Bible be referred to as an ambassador?

#2

A couple of thoughts:

First, strictly speaking, this isn’t a footnote to the Gospel, per se – it’s a footnote to a particular edition of the Bible. I know it sounds like I’m nit-picking, but it’s important to recognize that a particular footnote belongs to an edition – not all Bibles will have that footnote there.

Second, though, I think I would emphasize that the notion of ‘ambassador’ isn’t what’s primary here. After all, the Scriptural text doesn’t use the word ‘ambassador’ at all – it says “he who, having sent me, is with me.” The word ‘ambassador’ shows up only in the NAB’s heading, as a way to express that Jesus is sent by the Father.

Finally, I would say that the important thing that this footnote is pointing out is that Jesus is from God; His knowledge of God doesn’t come second-hand, but comes from His intimate relationship with God. Therefore, it’s not about being an ‘ambassador’, per se; that is, it’s not about Jesus’ role, but about about His identity.

Now… to your question: strictly speaking, a prophet brings a message from God to the audience whom God wishes to reach; therefore, a prophet is an ambassador.


#3

=CyrilSebastian;11849820]In The Gospel According To John, a footnote mentions:

John 8, Verses 21-30 He whose ambassador I am is with me. Jesus' origin is from God; he can reveal God.   
 
 Can a prophet in the Bible be referred to as an ambassador?

Certainly; both do the will [bidding] of someone else:)


#4

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