As Christians we are taught to be meek and humble, but are there times when the Bible tells us that we should be bold?
“Boldness be my friend!” – Bible or Not?
I thought we were to approach God with humility, after all, the Bible describes us as only being dust. And when Job contended with God, he concluded, “Behold, I am vile”, and that he was not justified to question God. So could it be true that the Bible encourages us to be bold with God?
Let us therefore come boldly [with boldness] to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
Yes, if God is our Father, then we can and should be bold with Him. But let’s be clear on the meaning of “boldness” and not confuse it with forcefulness or arrogance. The word “boldly” in this verse from the book of Hebrews is transliterated as “with boldness”. The definition from Strong’s Greek Lexicon is:
BOLDLY, i.e. WITH BOLDNESS
1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech
a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment
b) without ambiguity or circumlocution
c) without the use of figures and comparisons
2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance
Now that we understand the definition of boldness, let’s also understand the context.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV
It is only because of Jesus that we can approach God with boldness, so in this case, yes Boldness be my friend! However, this quote is NOT found in the Bible – today’s quote was penned by none other than William Shakespeare in the play Cymbeline.
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