Biblical Concept: Confidence


1) peitho (pei,qw) = persuade, convince, belief, confidence.
2) parresia (parrhsi,a) = free speaking, bold speaking, assurance, confidence.
3) tharreo (qarre,w) = good courage, hopeful, confident.


1) Positional confidence in Christ.
2) Confidence and the Christian Way of Life.
3) Confidence and evangelism.
4) Confidence and eternity.

1) Positional confidence in Christ:

    Conclusions: 1) The previous and post contexts are powerful.  In
the previous context (3:1-11), Paul discussed the mystery of the Church,
the mission of the Church and God’s eternal purpose in Christ.  God has
provided much for Christians to have ‘bold confident access’ to Him!  In
the following context (3:12-21), Paul elaborates on God’s sufficient
provisions which the Christian is to ‘boldly, confidently access.’  God has
provided everything to make us successful in the Christian Way Of Life
and glorify Him to the maximum.     Conclusions: 1) Spiritual confidence comes through Christ.  Thus,
spiritual confidence cannot be faked (see “adequacy” in 3:5-6).  Christ is
the source of spiritual confidence.  2)  The Holy Spirit’s role in our
confidence and adequacy is described in 3:6b-18.  Note the repetition of
the word “glory” in these verses.  ‘Christian spiritual confidence’ through
the Holy Spirit brings great glory to God!

2) Confidence and the Christian Way of Life:

    Conclusions: 1)  The goal of spiritual boldness is the exaltation of Christ.
2)  In 1:21-28, Paul describes living for Christ, exalting Christ.     Conclusion:  Volitional diligence is necessary for continued confidence.     Conclusion: Faithful confidence activates Grace help.     Conclusion: Spiritual confidence + God = help = no fear of man.
Compare Philippians 1:14 - Spiritual confidence (peitho) overcomes
prison and fear.     Conclusion:  Spiritual Biblical truth = a confident inner man.  Compare 3:21 (parresia) and Hebrews 13:18 (peitho).     Conclusion: Asking + will + hearing = confidence.     Conclusion: Paul was confident in God concerning the Philippians
continued spiritual function.     Conclusion: Spiritual confidence is not fleshly confidence. Compare 2 Corinthians 1:9 (peitho).  Conclusion: Application of Bible Doctrine = spiritual confidence.

3) Confidence and evangelism:

    Conclusions:  1) Giving the Gospel does not require the right circumstances (Paul was in prison).  2) Giving the Gospel takes confidence.  3) Giving the Gospel will be opposed.  See John 7:13 (parresia) and  John 7:26 (parresia).     Conclusion: Christian confidence is Supernatural, from the Holy Spirit.  If you do not have spiritual confidence,  evaluate your spirituality.

4) Confidence and eternity:

 Conclusions:  1)  Continued Christian confidence requires continued positive volition.  2)  Continued Christian confidence = mega eternal reward.  See also, 10:36-39.     Conclusion:  Love (application of Bible Doctrine, 1 John 2:4-5 and 5:1-3) = confidence at the ‘Judgement Seat of Christ.’     Conclusion: Living for Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:20-21) = confidence at the Rapture.     Conclusion:  Understanding eternal security = confidence.