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
2) Confidence and the Christian
Way of Life.
3) Confidence and evangelism.
4) Confidence and eternity.
1) Positional confidence
1) The previous and post contexts are powerful. In
Ephesians 3:12, in Christ we have
boldness (parresia) and confident (peitho) access through
faith in Him.
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.
1) Spiritual confidence comes through Christ. Thus,
2 Corinthians 3:4; And such confidence
(peitho) we have through Christ toward God.
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:
1) The goal of spiritual boldness is the exaltation of Christ.
Philippians 1:20; with all boldness
(parresia), Christ shall be exalted in my body.
2) In 1:21-28, Paul
describes living for Christ, exalting Christ.
Volitional diligence is necessary for continued confidence.
Hebrews 3:6; whose house we are,
if we hold fast our confidence (parresia) and the boast of our hope
firm until the end.
Faithful confidence activates Grace help.
Hebrews 4:16; draw near with confidence
(parresia) to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and
may find grace to help in time of need.
Spiritual confidence + God = help = no fear of man.
Hebrews 13:6; so that we confidently
(tharreo) say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What shall man do to me?”
Compare Philippians 1:14 -
Spiritual confidence (peitho) overcomes
prison and fear.
Spiritual Biblical truth = a confident inner man. Compare 3:21 (parresia)
and Hebrews 13:18 (peitho).
1 John 3:19; We shall know by
this that we are of the truth, and shall assure (peitho) our heart
Asking + will + hearing = confidence.
1 John 5:14; And this is the confidence
(parresia) which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according
to His will, He hears us.
Spiritual confidence in fellow
Christians - 2 Corinthians 1:15 (peitho), 2:3 (peitho), 7:16
(tharreo), 8:22 (peitho), Romans 15:14 (peitho),
Galatians 5:10 (peitho), 2 Thessalonians 3:4 (peitho), 2
Timothy 1:5 (peitho), Philemon 21 (peitho) and Hebrews 6:9
Paul was confident in God concerning the Philippians
Philippians 1:6; For I am confident
(peitho) of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
continued spiritual function.
Spiritual confidence is not fleshly confidence. Compare 2 Corinthians 1:9
Philippians 3:3; for we are the
true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ
Jesus and put no confidence (peitho) in the flesh. Also 3:4-7.
of Bible Doctrine = spiritual confidence.
1 Timothy 3:13; Deacons who have
served well, good standing and great confidence (parresia) in the
faith that is in Christ Jesus.
3) Confidence and evangelism:
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).
Acts 28:31, Paul’s open (parresia)
prison preaching. Compare (parresia) in Ephesians 6:19-20 and 1
Christian confidence is Supernatural, from the Holy Spirit. If you
do not have spiritual confidence, evaluate your spirituality.
Acts 4:13, the confidence (parresia)
of Peter and John at the beginning of the Church. See 4:7-8.
Compare parresia in Acts 4:29-31.
4) Confidence and eternity:
Continued Christian confidence requires continued positive volition.
2) Continued Christian confidence = mega eternal reward. See
Hebrews 10:35; Therefore, do not
throw away your confidence (parresia), which has a great reward.
Love (application of Bible Doctrine, 1 John 2:4-5 and 5:1-3) = confidence
at the ‘Judgement Seat of Christ.’
1 John 4:17; By this, love is
perfected with us, that we may have confidence (parresia) in the
day of judgement; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
Living for Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:20-21) = confidence at the Rapture.
1 John 2:28; abide in Him, so
that when He appears, we may have confidence (parresia) and not
shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. Compare 2 Timothy 1:12
Understanding eternal security = confidence.
Romans 8:38-39; For I am convinced
(peitho) that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.