The Gospel and Boldness


          “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18-19).

          The gospel of Jesus Christ is to be heralded by zealous messengers who sound forth the wondrously good news of His victory over sin, death, and Hades. Like couriers dispatched from the frontline by a conquering general, their hastening feet are beautiful as their lips announce the glad tidings of good things: Deliverance has come. The enemy has been vanquished. Victory and peace have been secured. Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth; He reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords, the only Potentate.

          Such an important and wonderful message requires a fearless messenger. There are no apologies to be made to evil. There are no conditions to be negotiated. There are no treaties to be ratified. Every citizen in the kingdom of darkness needs to immediately cease his rebellion by obeying the exact terms of the gospel. Making peace with the conquering Son of God is the only sane course of action to take (Psalm 2:11-12).

          The apostle Paul feared of failure in his boldness. He shuddered at the thought of being a messenger who was derelict in his duty to herald the gospel fearlessly. Therefore, he sought the prayers and supplications of his brethren that he may open his mouth boldly in making known the mystery of the gospel.

          Not only does the content of the gospel message matter. The confidence of the gospel’s messenger does too.

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Author: jchowning

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