In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
Since this past Saturday was the 4th of July, I figured that it is only fitting to look at out freedom in addition to our confidence.
Some quick notes about this verse before we get started:
In Ephesians 3, Paul is addressing the Ephesians and discussing what he is there to do and what they should also be doing (in light of the gospel)
Let’s back up a few verses:
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:10-11
As we see, this is talking about how God is accomplishing His purposes through Christ Jesus.
So through the faith we have in Jesus Christ we have the freedom and confidence to approach God.
I love how in this verse it isn’t talking about the freedom and confidence to live out our purpose (although that is also what walking in freedom and confidence does)
Instead, we have freedom and confidence to approach God.
What are we approaching God for you may ask?
It’s time to dig into the greek words for freedom, confidence and approach to get a better understanding.
freedom-“parrésia” refers to boldness and openness, especially in relation to speech.
confidence– “pepoithésis”- trust and reliance
approach– “prosagógé” refers to access and admission for a large audience
So does this boldness we have to speak to God mean that we should say whatever we want? The access we have to God through Jesus allows us to speak, but we should be careful and intentional with the “boldness” and “confidence” we display.
We will look at other verses throughout the series in relation to the praying with and in confidence, but for now I want to focus on how to be confident and free in our conversation with God is not the same as being unfiltered.
Since we recently celebrated the 4 of July, we celebrated our nation’s freedom. We are not under direct control or authority and we celebrate the liberty, or oppressive restrictions (although we might feel differently given the current state our country is in).
We are free in Christ as well, not under any oppressive authority, but allowed to make any choice and decision we want.
Our #HolyConfidence through Jesus should compel us to choose to live righteously. (It doesn’t always, but out of love and reverence for the Father it should)
To live boldly is not to live recklessly, but to live intentionally.
I know I have a tendency to struggle with seeking that approval and wanting to please others. I want be a certain way in order to be liked and accepted.
It’s like I’m waiting to be allowed to sit with the cool kids at the lunch table.
But this verse in Ephesians doesn’t say we need approach others and be accepted by them.
It says “to approach God with freedom and confidence.”
He is the only one that matters. The only approval and acceptance you need, and through Jesus Christ you have.
How can you freely and confidently approach God today?