Posted by: bellissimanh | November 1, 2008

How Bold Are You?

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship  of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,   according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”  Ephesians 3:8-12

“…we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”

Dont’ you just LOVE that?  Boldness is “parrhesia,” and it means having the freedom to say all. What a comfort it is to know that I can bring the Lord my whole heart, holding nothing back. This attitude of openness stems from freedom and lack of fear… and it’s a beautiful thing!

“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”  Psalm 55:22

“I love the LORD, because He hears my voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.”
   Psalm 116: 1-2

But wait… there’s more! The access that we have through Christ is the word “prosogoge.” A literal rendering of the word is “a bringing near.” This word was used to describe the introduction to or audience which one is permitted to have with a king or other person of high rank.

Take a look at this example of “prosagoge” from the Old Testament. Ray Stedman writes:

There is a beautiful picture in the book of Esther that illustrates this: Remember Esther, that lovely Jewish maiden, a captive in the land of Persia? The king, seeking a bride, found her and made her his queen. After Esther ascended to the throne as queen, a plot was hatched against the Jews. The king, unwittingly, signed a decree that meant death for all Jews in the land of Persia. Esther’s godly uncle, Mordecai, said it would be necessary for her to go to the king and tell him what he had unwittingly done. Esther knew that was a dangerous thing, because it was the law of the Medes and Persians that no one could come before the king without first being summoned by him. It meant death for anyone to dare come before the king in that manner. There were no exceptions — even for a queen — for this was the law of the Medes and the Persians and could not be changed. Unless the king extended his golden scepter to that person, he must die. Yet Esther knew that she had to dare to take her life in her hands and go before the king.

The story tells us that she fasted for three days and three nights before she went. I am sure that was to prepare her heart and her courage. It doesn’t say what else she did during that time, when she was getting ready to come before the king. With a wife, four daughters, and a mother-in-law in my home, I’ve observed women getting themselves ready for some years now. I’m sure that what Esther was doing was fixing her hair. It probably took three days and three nights to get ready! Then we are told that she dressed herself in robes of beauty and glory.

When she was all ready, she stepped into the audience hall of the king, appearing all alone before him. The king was so smitten with her beauty that his heart went out to her. He stretched forth his scepter and accepted her. She had access to the king.

Dressed in robes of beauty and glory that do not belong to us — for they are the garments of Jesus — we have access to the King, to receive from him all that we need to handle any threat that has come into our lives. We have continual acceptance before him.

Thanks be to Christ, who through His death on the cross, has brought us near and given us continuous and unhindered access to God, One whom we could never approach in our unredeemed, unholy, sinful state! We have boldness to come before the throne…

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

Thank You, Lord!

So it begs the question… how bold are you? Are you comfortable enough with your Lord to “say all”? Do you give Him every part of yourself, holding nothing back? He can take it, you know. He can handle your pain. He can deal with your frustrations and anger. He can heal your wounds. He can give you a brand new song.

He sees your heart. He knows what’s lurking there — the good, the bad, and the ugly. And He loves you… unconditionally and unfailingly.  No one else has ever — or will ever — love you like He does. Your heart is safe with Him. 

Sssssssssssh. Listen. Do you hear that? It’s Him… rejoicing over you with singing as a groom rejoices over his bride.  How amazing to think that we can bring delight to the heart of God!

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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  1. How very beautiful. Thank you, sweet Heather.


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