If Christian’s understand that they have a power and authority as believers at all, they often don’t understand what that power is for. Paul makes it clear that a believer should not live in fear and timidity because this is in not in line with the nature of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit also has purposes and designs. The boldness that he empowers within us is to be used with specific intent to spread his gospel. Perhaps even more than this, it is to spread that gospel with a sense of solidarity. The picture is that of an advancing force who, locked arm and arm, march boldly through enemy territory to arrive at their destination. For Paul, this type of solidarity was of utmost importance. He wanted Timothy, not to bold in his self esteem or own machinations, but instead to be bold in his war effort. He expected him to speak boldly about the gospel. He expected him to come boldly in defense of his fellow brothers in arms.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts