Spiritual Boldness Comes From Being With Jesus
by Heshimu Colar
The difference between the apostles forsaking the Lord Jesus Christ before His crucifixion and their boldly proclaiming Him after Pentecost, was that the Holy Spirit had clearly revealed the glory of the risen Lord. "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13)." All that the unbelieving religious leaders could see were Peter and John, but the Lord Jesus Christ was presently with them. God the Holy Spirit made real to the apostles the Person, Words, and Works of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that Christ's doctrine filled their new man with the clear knowledge of God. The invisible things of eternal redemption were made real and clearly seen by the eye of faith, and that which was preached was the most important and most visible truth of the entire soul. Likewise, it is written of Moses, "By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible ."
The boldness of Peter's preaching was the boldness of faith. He believed, and therefore he spoke. He believed, and therefore the effects of the Gospel were a reality to Him. The things which ought to accompany faith in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, was actually evident within our brother. The gospel was not preached in callousness or intellectual efficiency. The gospel was preached in the Spirit and power of God, because that's how it had been given unto him.
The subject of Peter's sermon, and the subject of every sermon that's preached in the boldness of God's Spirit since the day of Pentecost, was the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. "This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:11-12)." This Name is the Authority of the Lord Jesus Christ whereby the sinner comes to God, NOT asking to be dealt with by our own works (whether good or bad), but in strict accordance to the life promised unto the Obedient Man our Lord. God is not bestowing grace upon sinners through anything or anyone else, yet when the sinner, by faith, grabs hold of the Name of Christ, he can expect every blessing of God. (II Cor. 1:20) "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." (Gal. 3:16, 29). Yes, coming in the Name of Christ is coming to the Father vicariously through the merit of Someone Else who fulfilled all of the Old Testament as the Covenant Head of the entire election of grace. (Acts 2:33) "Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear."
Through faith in His Name, all that believe are made whole. The unbelievers not only saw the boldness of Peter and John, but the Scripture says that they, "… beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it (Acts 4:14)." Concerning the once impotent man's wholeness, Peter said, (Acts 3:16) "And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all." We are given perfect soundness in our standing before God, and we are given the perfect soundness of a new nature that is blessed to believe God. We were once lame and unable to praise Him, but now we possess His nature, which is created after His image, and stand with the message of His Gospel in His boldness. From the very first, when we heard the Gospel, it brought forth fruit in us (Col. 1:5-6). Our hearts once panted after sin, and now we hunger and thirst after Christ. We once walked according to our own 'obedience'; not we aren't satisfied until we see the obedience of Christ. We once lived unto ourselves, but now we're risen to live unto God through Him. We once were going to hell, but now we're looking unto and living for Him who is heaven. Therefore, being made whole, "… be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness (Col. 1:9-11)."
My brethren, one thing is needful as we go throughout this life. WE MUST BE WITH JESUS. "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion (Prov. 28:1)." Power from on High belongs to Him, and the only difference between boldness and fearfulness is when the Spirit makes Christ known. "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God (I John 3:21)." Therefore, in the good fear of the Lord, do not do anything that will cause Him to hide His face from you. We have no reason to hide from Him who receives sinners, and no sin is worth us compelling Him to hide His face for a season. Therefore, let us all be pointedly warned of regarding iniquity within our heart (Ps 66:18). The Psalmist prayed wisely and fearfully, "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression (Ps. 19:13)." We cannot commune with God our Father if we try to use His Son's blood to excuse a willful course of rebellion. We cannot garner disobedience into our bosom, hold it steadfast with willful clutches of unbelief, and expect the manifest presence of our Lord. Let us flee, right now, to the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ trusting Him to bring down the promises that will enable us to forsake our own lives for the life He gives us. Dear reader, whatever it cost to relinquish your self-will and the coveted idol, is not even worth being compared to the preciousness of a clean conscience before Him. Faith in the Name of Christ provides us with instant healing. Then, like Peter, in the boldness of God's approval, we will be able to stand before our enemies and give witness that although we are nothing in the flesh, we too have been with Jesus.