Saturday, 16 February 2013

Theme Number 10 Another Evidence of Being Filled with the Spirit. - Boldness

Act 4:29  And now, Lord, concern yourself with their threats and grant your slaves to speak your message with all boldness,
Act 4:30  as you extend your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
Act 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Boldness to speak the Word of God is surely a great Evidence of being Spirit Filled.

Boldness:  παῤῥησία parrhēsia Thayer Definition:
1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech
1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment
1b) without ambiguity or circumlocution
1c) without the use of figures and comparisons
2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance
3) the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity

4:31 And, in consequence of this, they spake the word of God with boldness; a pointed answer to a second part of their request, Act_4:29. A right prayer will always have a right and ready answer. Though these disciples had received the Holy Spirit on the day of pentecost, yet they were capable of larger communications; and what they had then received did not preclude the necessity of frequent supplies, on emergent occasions. Indeed, one communication of this Spirit always makes way and disposes for another. Neither apostle nor private Christian can subsist in the Divine life without frequent influences from on high. A.Clark.

2Co 7:4  My boldness of speech is great toward you; my glorying on your behalf is much. I have been filled with comfort, I am overflowing with joy in all our trouble.
2Co 7:5  For, indeed, coming into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but being troubled in every way, with fightings on the outside, and fears on the inside.
2Co 7:6  But He who comforts the lowly comforted us by the coming of Titus.
2Co 7:7  And not only by his coming, but by the comfort with which he was comforted over you, telling us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Eph 3:12  In union with Christ and through our faith in him we have the boldness to go into God's presence with all confidence.  GNB
Comment By A.C. “By whom we, Gentiles, have την παρῥησιαν, this liberty of speech; so that we may say any thing by prayer and supplication, and την προσαγωγην, this introduction, into the Divine presence by faith in Christ. It is only in his name we can pray to God, and it is only by him that we can come to God; none can give us an introduction but Christ Jesus, and it is only for his sake that God will either hear or save us. It is on the ground of such scriptures as these that we conclude all our prayers in the name, and for the sake, of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Php 1:20  according to my eager expectation and hope, that I will be put to shame in nothing, but with all boldness, even now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether through life or through death.

A.C. He had the most confident expectation that God would stand by him, so that he should be enabled, with the utmost liberty of speech, εν πασῃ παρῥησια, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God; and, should he have the liberty of doing so, he was utterly regardless what the issue might be relative to himself. Whether life or death, was to him perfectly equal, and perfectly indifferent, providing Christ were magnified - his person, nature, doctrine, etc., shown to be, what they really are, most noble, most excellent, most necessary, and most glorious

1. Has the Infilling of the Holy Spirit given you Freedom to speak for Christ and witness to So Great Salvation?

2. We all have inhibitions and natural inclinations. Let the Power of the Holy Spirit clothe you and use you with Great BOLDNESS of Speech releasing you from personal reticence and restrictions.

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