The Church: Heaven’s Embassy on Earth
“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt it necessary to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3 NASB).
In this earthly realm, nations build embassies in foreign countries so that their ambassadors have a permanent residence within that foreign land. The ambassadors represent the home nation to the people and government authorities of that host country.
Jean Paul Engler, in his book “The Winning Church,” states that the local church should be “an embassy of God’s kingdom on earth.” Engler goes on to describe the American Embassy in Paris, France.
“As long as you remain outside of the (American) compound, you most definitely know you are in France. But anyone entering the building immediately experiences the feeling that he has entered another country. The architecture, furnishings, government employees – everything there reminds you of the United States, right down to the bathroom fixtures. It’s a little like visiting the U.S. without ever leaving Paris.”
There are two extremely important truths about earthly embassies that correlate exactly with the church, God’s embassy in the earth.