December 2017 Newsletter - "Boldness" by Megan Arriaza
In the past recent months, I’ve been asking the Lord to make me more like Him, and one of the characteristics that I’ve been asking for is more boldness. Now my assumption was that boldness was to be confident and not be afraid. That is true, however through my recent studying I’ve come to realize that the boldness the Father is speaking of refers to a lot more than just being confident. I will further expound. Here are some of the definitions for “bold” in Greek. Bold: (Parrhesia G3954)
- freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech
- openly, frankly, i.e without concealment
- without the use of figures and comparisons
- free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance
The definitions are referring to speaking without parables. A parable or proverb is an earthy story with a heavenly meaning; within the parables lies the secrets and mysteries. Here is the definition for “secret” in Greek. Secret: (Musterion G3446) the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly
Mark 4:10-12 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
John 16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. (the word “plainly” has the same definition for “bold” in Greek)
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 10:19-20 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
One thing I found interesting was that you need to come boldy before the throne of God. The throne room of God is the Holy of Holies or the secret place (Psalm 91). There are high priests and there are priests (levites), and one of the distinctions between the two is that only the high priest is allowed behind the veil (flesh/carnality) into the Holy of Holies, where God meets with him (Exodus 25:22). The levites were only allowed into the Holy Place where they would minister to God. However, when the high priest was in the Holy of Holies, God ministered to him. This is where God imparts His divine character and function (the secrets and mysteries) into us. True transformation comes from this experience. When we enter into the throne room, we become bold because we no longer are veiled but now we have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Ephesians 6:18-20 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Proverbs 28:1The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.