2 Corinthians 3
4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant,
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face
14 … their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.
Paul is letting the Corinthians know why he has the authority of an apostle and minister of Jesus.
Because the authority itself comes from Jesus.
And the message comes from Jesus.
The knowledge comes from Jesus.
And even the competency comes from Jesus.
Paul speaks of a high confidence and a high boldness.
But this is not because of who he is, but because of who Christ is.
Paul states “such a confidence we have in Jesus” …
And “such a hope we have in Jesus” …
What is the result of this confidence and hope in his life?
Paul goes to so far as to say he is more bold than Moses, a hero to the Israelites.
But he can be more bold than Moses , because he has a new “hero” to look to and receive from … Jesus.
This begs the obvious question?
Do I live boldly? … not for me or from building my own confidence …
But do I live boldly for and with Jesus , knowing I have a new heart to in me and not stone tablets to read as the old me.
May I live boldly because of who Christ is!
What a combination!
May I know these are mine in and through Christ.
Thank you God because of creating a new heart in me
May I hold onto this confidence
And live it boldly
In Jesus name