Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 2 Corinthians 3:4
I told you that we are going to look at how our self-made confidence and our #holyconfidence differ, and were going to start by looking more into 2 Corinthians 3:4-6:
Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Again let me go back and set the scene:
Paul is writing to the church in Corinth to help correct and teach them, but using personal illustration and examples. When it comes to the language he used, Paul isn’t messing around and uses very strong words to attempt to rebuke the Corinthians.
Since Paul uses the words “confidence and “competence” let’s look at the greek words for each:
Confidence is from the word, “pepoithésis” which means trust and reliance, commonly referring to “spirit-produced persuasion”.
Competent is from the word, “hikanos” which refers to be sufficiently strong or to attain.
Ohhh I really like that word, “spirit-produced persuasion” It isn’t us that draws people towards us, it is the spirit in us. It isn’t Paul in his humanness that pulls people in, it is God’s confident spirit through Him.
In addition to writing I also am a women’s conference team speaker. Speaking to a large group of people who are all staring at you (or even worse trying to engage your audience through a camera…thanks COVID!) can be overwhelming and challenging at times.
When I’m in my own head working in the confines of my own thoughts, I’m shakey, unfocused and all over the place. But when when I’m spirit-led and this confidence takes over, I am being led, not looking at my notes, not checking to make sure I hit all my points, but going with the flow.
The ability to be led or “persuaded” by the Spirit was an important teaching point Paul mentions is his letter. He also used words like, “minister” and “new-covenant” so let’s look at the meaning of each word
minister– “diakonos” refers to servant (this is super interesting to view minister and servant the same) As Jesus was a minister and servant, we are told to put ourselves last as a leader.
new covenant– “diatithémi” testament, will (dare I say “promise”?)
We are Holy Spirit-persuaded to attain, even take hold of this PROMISE given to us as servants of Christ.
Paul addresses that we don’t claim this things through our own power, but through the Holy Spirit within us.
Such confidence we have through Christ before God 2 Corinthians 3:4
In this confidence we can go as ministers (or servants if you like that word better) of Christ.
To minister to others, and to serve others is the high call of our Holy Confidence.
Actually it is the call of our whole life.
but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6
Since the Spirit gives life and confidence it isn’t something that we sit on and keep to ourselves.
You know how they say joy is contagious? Well I encourage you to make Holy Confidence contagious today!
How can you serve others through the confidence of Christ inside of you?