Dr. Nash’s Word Study, Entry 3

Dr. Nash’s Word Study, Entry 3

Confidence
May 1972

Confidence is a virtue which can give strength and security in one’s life. Confidence in self, in others, in one’s purpose and goal in life, as well as in God, is necessary for achievement.

The greatest confidence of all is the Christian’s assurance in Christ. This trust is pictured by three words translated confidence in the Authorized Version. Each word indicates a different idea about the subject. The word hupostasis looks at the basis of our confidence. It is derived from the words “stand” and “under” and means that which stands under, the foundation, the substance. It is used in the sense of confidence in Hebrews 3:14. Our confidence rests firmly on the inspiration of the scriptures, the deity of Christ, the resurrection of our Lord.

A word that is generally translated boldness in other versions but confidence in the King James in such places as Hebrews 3:6 and 5:14 is parresa. The word pictures a free flowing of speech without hesitation, with boldness. In Mark 8:32 Jesus is said to have spoken openly or with boldness, and in Acts 4:13 the apostles prayed for a similar courage to proclaim the gospel. Thus, this word looks at the expression of our confidence. If we trust in God through Christ, we ought to express our faith without hesitation by a witness of words and works.

The final word is pepoithesis, translated confidence in 2 Corinthians 8:22; Ephesians 3:12 and elsewhere, but trust in 2 Corinthians 3:4. This word is derived from the perfect tense of the verb to be persuaded. So, it looks at the idea that one is fully and perfectly persuaded about a matter. So, it looks at the result of our confidence. Christian confidence results in the blessing of assurance, peace, joy, hope, and finally eternal life.

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