“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” Ephesians 3:12
Boldness, or parrēsia in the Greek used in this verse means:
- “freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech,
- openly, frankly, i.e without concealment
- without ambiguity or circumlocution
- without the use of figures and comparisons
- free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance.”
These are the Strong’s definitions of boldness. This verse caught my eye this morning as I read Ephesians. The part of this definition that amazed me is #4. “Without the use of figures of speech or comparisons.” I was taught when I was young that Jesus Christ used these all the time in the form of parables and metaphors. But that isn’t true.Jesus spoke plainly and to the point. I was taught that he was always gently leading us to a conclusion and yes, he did that but I counted 10 different times he was “bold” with this Greek word. And in our verse today what was the Apostle Paul, by revelation from God, talking about. (Remember Paul was inspired by God to write these books, or epistles, so we could ask, what did God want us to be bold about.) Ephesians 3:12 is a loaded blessing of revelation! Well we have to look at the context of the verse. Eph. 3:12 also says, along with us having boldness, that we have “access with confidence”.
What does that mean?
“Access” here reminds me of the real estate term called an;
An example of an easement appurtenant would be an easement allowing you to drive over your neighbor’s property to in order to reach your property.
An easement by necessity can be created for a landlocked parcel that has no public road access. To create an easement appurtenant by necessity, the owner of the landlocked parcel must be able to prove in court that there was common ownership with one of the joining parcels that has public access.
Jesus Christ, by the highest court, God’s court, obtained an “easement appurtenant” for us.
We were “landlocked” by sin and the devil has authority here but when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead God gave us access. So because of Jesus Christ’s believing (or faith) he proved that all of us who believe as well have a common ownership together, therefore we receive an easement created by God inside us. Our road or “easement” is called our gift of Holy Spirit. We didn’t have the right to God’s throne room before. We didn’t have a way to spiritually communicate with Him. Our gift of Holy Spirit is the road by which we travel to that throne room. Does this make sense?
We always have to keep in mind the context of a verse. How do I know that the access was made through our gift of Holy Spirit, (another name for it is Christ in us)? Well I went back a few verses from verse 12 of chapter 3 to verse 4 of chapter 3.
“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles (unbelievers) should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” Ephesians 3: 4-6
“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” 9-12
God planned for us to share in this inheritance all along. We gained access and boldness by the faith of Jesus Christ. We can now step into the throne of God without a sense of sin, guilt or condemnation. Wow! What will you do with this access?
How will you plainly speak with God the one who moved heaven and earth so you could talk to Him?
Look at the last few verses of Ephesians 3! Why would God do all of this?
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man (another way of saying your gift of Holy Spirit); That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (That is 4 dimensions!) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” vs. 16-21
I have goose bumps!
What we think God did for us is much smaller than what He really did for us. We think of boldness as being brassy, honest, or courageous etc. It’s really honesty and plain speech. We go to God open up to him about what really comes to our heart. We shed all the pretension and fakery. We just lay it out there. Then what happens? God fills us with all the fullness of Him! That’s how big God really is. He IS what He IS. He takes us right where we are and loves us up with truth and honesty beyond all our comprehension.
How do we have boldness? We take that drive across our easement. We talk to Him.
God Bless You Today!