Faith is speaking to me. Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead, God is already there.
God doesn’t give me more to do than He has power to enable me to accomplish.
May I listen and know that God is in a good mood.
May my faith be bold. May I have the courage that Jesus gives me through the Holy Spirit.
Of this good news [gospel] I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of the Messiah [Christ], and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in the Messiah [Christ] Jesus our Master [Lord], whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Ephesians 3:7–13). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Boldness denotes two things in the New Testament.
- First, boldness describes the courageous manner of those who proclaim the good news . The word translated as “boldness” in this passage (parresia) was used of the free citizen of a city-state who could say anything in the public assembly. It denotes the moral freedom to speak the truth publicly.
- Second, boldness describes the confidence with which the followers of Jesus can now approach God because of the redeeming work of the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus]. This is God-confidence not “me” confidence. It is only through our faith in Jesus.
Source: Brand, C., Draper, C., England, A., Bond, S., Clendenen, E. R., & Butler, T. C. (Eds.). (2003). Boldness. In Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (p. 230). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.