Holy Boldness

Linda Brehm

Vol. 2, No. 14

Holy boldness: where is it in God’s church?  Do you see it there?  You can’t have Christ without being bold.  That may sound rather radical, but let me explain.

Acts 4:13 says “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”  The presence of Jesus, spending time with him, gives us boldness.

When the disciples were faced with threatenings, or derogatory, belittling and scornful statements, they didn’t respond in kind but boldly defended the truth (Acts 4:29).  The Holy Spirit filled them and they spoke the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).  In fact, when Paul was converted, Barnabas presented the fact that Paul preached boldly in Damascus in the name of Jesus as evidence that he had been converted (Acts 9:27).  It seems that boldness was a characteristic way of speaking in the New Testament by Christ’s followers (Rom. 15:15, 2 Cor. 7:4, Eph. 6:19, 20, Phil. 1:14, 1 Thess. 2:2).

Boldness is shown in bravery or courage.  We are told in 5T 378-383 that “It was Caleb’s faith in God that gave him courage; that kept him from the fear of man, even the mighty giants, the sons of Anak, and enabled him to stand boldly and unflinchingly in defense of right.  From the same exalted source, the mighty General of the armies of heaven, every true soldier of the cross of Christ must receive strength and courage to overcome obstacles that often seem insurmountable….We want Calebs now….who with courageous words will make a strong report in favor of immediate action.”

We need leaders, pastors and lay members who will go forward in immediate godly action with boldness, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me,”  Heb. 13:6.