Confidence and Pride

Christ is to be considered as the Apostle of our profession, the Messenger sent by God to men, the great Revealer of that faith which we profess to hold, and of that hope which we profess to have. As Christ, the Messiah, anointed for the office both of Apostle and High Priest. As Jesus, our Saviour, our Healer, the great Physician of souls. Consider him thus. Consider what he is in himself, what he is to us, and what he will be to us hereafter and for ever. Close and serious thoughts of Christ bring us to know more of him. The Jews had a high opinion of the faithfulness of Moses, yet his faithfulness was but a type of Christ’s. Christ was the Master of this house, of his church, his people, as well as their Maker. Moses was a faithful servant; Christ, as the eternal Son of God, is rightful Owner and Sovereign Ruler of the Church. There must not only be setting out well in the ways of Christ, but stedfastness and perseverance therein to the end. Every meditation on his person and his salvation, will suggest more wisdom, new motives to love, confidence, and obedience. – Matthew Henry

Do I have confidence in Christ, and do I have pride that comes by hoping in Him?

Where did you find the strength and joy to continue in your work, despite all the obstacles and discouragements?” I sat in silence for a long time before a confessional answer welled up in me: “I believe in a God who makes a way out of no way!” Tears suddenly came to my eyes. “But sometimes, when I look honestly at our present realities, I find it so hard to find hope that God will make a way.” – Katerina Friesen

I have noticed how closely entwined faith is with other biblical elements.  Almost mutually connected, sometimes definitely requisite and at times the elements are more prominent than the concept itself.  Grace for instance is one that keeps showing up or the revealing of grace and fellowship is another as this faith of ours cannot live in isolation and then hope – playing in the background allowing itself to look like trust – having full confidence and firm standing, until the end, in Jesus.

What new places and new ministries does God want to lead us into next? How will all Christ to form or re-form us in order to reach our world in confidence, pride and hope?  How will we change? What will we build?

Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,  was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.” Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)  Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later.  Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope. – Hebrews 3:1-6


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