In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
– Ephesians 3:12
The word “boast” generally connotes pride or confidence in someone or something one has or has done.
“To boast” is the Greek word “kauchaomai” which means to glory in, to rejoice, to celebrate.
Today, we will be examining something worthy to boast about – who we are as presented to us by the word of God.
In Ephesians 3:10-12, Paul encapsulated God’s divine plan thus:
“God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” – Ephesians 3:10-12 (NLT)
God’s word declares that we have confident access to God. It also says His multi-faceted wisdom is displayed through us to every power in heavenly places. This is something to shout about!
The children of God in time past also boasted in their covenant with God. The seal of their covenant was circumcision. They boast in this sanctimoniously from generation to generation.
We see this in David’s perception of Goliath, the Philistine giant in I Samuel 17:26.
“And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
With such vigour, he repeated the same statement in verse 26 when he was before King Saul. He was so sure of what their bodily circumcision signifies – their identity as “the armies of the living God”. Thus, no other people group could terrorize them and get away with it.
From verses 42-44, we see Goliath judging David by his size and appearance but David knew better.
His confidence was in the Lord! Hence, his response was “…Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” – 1 Samuel 17:45
Here is the catch for us: “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” – Philippians 3:3
As believers, the word of God boldly states that we are the circumcised of God because His Spirit dwells on our inside.
Therefore, we are reassured of this very thing; we belong to God.
Our boast lies not in the circumcision of the body, the material things we have, our physical strength or intellectual prowess but in God and what His word says about us.
Friends, the word of God is worth more than silver or gold. We can place our confidence in it.
Make your boast in the word of God. Proclaim the finished works of Christ and rejoice in it forever!