Christ within reflected without ~

February 16th 2007 – Friday

 

in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.Ephesians 3:12 

            Today we will do things a bit different. We will focus our attention on the richness of this verse through the deep meaning of the words within the verse in their original Greek language. In today’s society we look at a word and most often assign one definition to the word, though they often have many definitions. Within the context of the Scriptures, often, many of the means apply; as a verse often has diverse literal and figurative meaning. These verses rich with insight are often meaning both to apply to a literal and spiritual context.

 

            Here in this part of the third chapter of Ephesians eternal work on earth, as handed down through Christ to His people, is the focus. It is through that relationship with Jesus the Christ that one would access the understanding, desire and strength with which to carry out the work of God on earth.

 

            We are told that there is a specific way in which we should be able to go about that work. An empowerment of sorts that should be present within us via the Holy Spirit’s presence residing inside of us to accomplish such. We are to have boldness, realize our access with confidence because of our faith in Christ. Pause and take that in for a moment ~ faith in Christ, not in self!  Self will most assuredly let us down but Christ will not, is not capable, because of His love for us, to let us down.

 

That being said let us take a look at the Greek meaning of these words. – –

 

Boldness ~

3954.   parjrJhsiva parrheµsia, par-rhay-see´-ah; from 3956 and a der. of 4483; all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, publicity; by impl. assurance:— bold (× -ly, -ness, -ness of speech), confidence, × freely, × openly, × plainly (-ness).

  • We can see here that we literally have the ability to express the truths of Christ when communicating with another. That ability to be open, plain, and I might add respectfully blunt is present within Christ’s Followers. Therefore, it is our responsibility to call upon that boldness within and let Christ and His Eternal truth be known in our world.  

 

Access ~

4318.   prosagwghv proásagoµgeµ, pros-ag-ogue-ay´; from 4317 (comp. 72); admission:— access.

  • What we need during these times of sharing Christ possess. If Christ has what we need then we have access to that particular resource. Admission to the wisdom, courage, understanding, insight, etc. we must have to impart that truth is there. You must believe it is there, and that you will have what you need, when needed.

 

Confidence ~

4006.   pepoivqhsi” peápoáitheµsis, pep-oy´-thay-sis; from the perfect of the alt. of 3958; reliance:— confidence, trust.

  • It is through our confidence in Christ’s faithfulness to us, that we can rest in the fact that we will have what we need. That complete reliance on Christ takes the pressure of the situation out of your hands. The results are Christ responsibility. Therefore, we can relax and trust Him.

 

Faith ~

4102.   pivsti” pistis, pis´-tis; from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; mor. conviction (of relig. truth, or the truthfulness of God or a relig. teacher), espec. reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstr. constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:— assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

  • All of which is dependant upon our faith in Christ. Remember, Romans 5:1 tells us we have peace and rest because of Christ. Who Christ was and is; both at the cross and in our lives today. If we have faith in Christ for our eternal salvation why not for our daily encounters.  
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