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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”—1 John 4:17 (NKJV)
Those who had the privilege of hearing Jesus publically preach and teach were unanimous on this point: He spoke boldly. This was emphasized at a certain point in the Gospel of John by His audience: “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?” (John 7:26 NKJV).
Even those who strongly disagreed with Jesus, and those who would eventually conspire to kill Him, couldn’t deny the fact that His words were always infused with a holy boldness.
But what does that mean, exactly? All too often, we confuse boldness with brashness. They’re quite different. In the original Greek, the word used for “bold” really means to speak freely and fully. It means there is such a strength of confidence and assurance that there is no hesitation or holding back from declaring something as true. Jesus was the embodiment of truth, so it makes perfect sense that people would recognize a special boldness when He spoke.
But boldness relates to Christ in another way . . . a way that also involves us. When we place our faith in who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us on the cross, our spiritual standing before God completely changes. We go from sinners to saints, from children of wrath to children of God, from foreigners to family.
One effect of this new relationship with God through Christ is that we’re filled with a boldness towards God. We have a confidence and assurance before God, not based on any merits of our own, but based on Christ and His merits. Because He is who He is, and because He’s done what He’s done, there’s no need for us to be afraid or hesitate before God.
The Son has made us completely loved and accepted so we can freely and fully approach the Almighty as our Father. We need to rest in this freedom because freedom is the healthiest foundation for a relationship. God doesn’t want us to feel insecure or frightened of Him, but free . . . and Christ is the basis for this boldness that sets us free before Him.
DIG: How did Jesus demonstrate and delegate boldness?
DISCOVER: What’s a true definition of boldness? How does boldness (or lack thereof) define your relationship with God?
DISPLAY: As you pray today, remember that you can speak with God with holy boldness, approaching His throne to share the deepest desires, fears, doubts, struggles, bitterness . . . everything. You can speak freely and openly with the Lord as you would with your most trusted friend, because through Christ, we are friends of God!
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.