“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”
II Cor 3:12
Paul and many of his companions had the privilege of seeing the risen Lord and had likely witnessed many miraculous signs, which naturally greatly enhanced their faith in the Lord and increased their hope of glory for the future, and made them bold in the face of many dangers. We are at a disadvantage, because all we have is the Scriptures for the most part. “No wonder their faith was so strong. I might have been able to do the same thing they did had I been placed in their position.” Do you sometimes feel the same way as I do?
“Did Paul ever have doubts?” Kathy asked while we re discussing the issue of faith and doubt.
“To doubt is human,” I responded. “The one who is without any doubts is omniscient.”
Even if he had some doubts, Paul would never have put them in writing and share them with church, which might have defeated his purpose of exhorting the believers. He had to be optimistic and uplifting out of necessity. Being a leader, when he doubted, he always kept it to himself.
What was on his mind when Paul was sitting in a dark dungeon alone, waiting to be sentenced, dreading that his head might fall at daybreak? What was the man of unsurpassed faith thinking when he saw Nero and his cohorts rounding up Christians and setting them on fire? Paul waited, as doubt was clouding his mind.
“Lord, Why don’t you do something at such a time as this? ” he must have questioned.
“Are we waiting for someone else?” John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus with this inquiry. We can hardly believe that the one who heard the affirmation from heaven concerning the identity of Jesus would raise such a question before his head was chopped off and placed on a silver plate. John the Baptist was a great prophet, but he was human, wasn’t he?
“Why have you forsaken me?” Didn’t the Lord Jesus ask this question during the time of his uttermost desperation? The Lord Jesus was completely God and completely man, and when his human self took over, doubt and fear might have surfaced for a brief moment.
We may feel forsaken during the time of severe trial, but we can always overcome such feeling by faith, which we have been accumulating through the years, which has also been proven true and reliable through various difficult circumstances.
“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold,” Paul stated. What caused the apostle to be so bold while he was experiencing so many hardships and danger was hope of glory. We will not be fearful as long as we hold onto our hope in Jesus.