Confidence

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Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13-21; John 11:55-12:8

From the Reformer

For the Antichrist must die, not by the hand or mouth of human beings (that is, through human power and wisdom) [Dan. 8:25], but by the Spirit of Christ’s mouth (as St. Paul predicted) [2 Thess. 2:8]. Christ’s mouth, however, is His Word and preaching, as He says in Matthew 10 [:19]: “I will give you a mouth and wisdom,” etc., and in the prophet Jeremiah [15:19]: “You will be My mouth if you distinguish what is precious from what is worthless.” And to Moses He says, “Aaron will be your mouth, and you will be God to Pharaoh” [Exod. 4:16; 7:1].

Therefore, let us go forward with confidence and bring the Scriptures into the pulpit fresh and pure, so that the people might know their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rightly and well.

—Martin Luther, Preface for the Postils of Antonius Corvinus.
Luther’s Works (v 60, p 109)

Pulling It Together

“I don’t like him; he’s arrogant,” the man said. Another man replied, “Arrogant? I think he’s just confident.”

There is sometimes a fine line in the perception between arrogance and confidence. In the case of Judas, we see arrogance. He portrayed himself as one concerned for the poor, when he was only concerned for his own needs. He did so while making others feel foolish. That is arrogance. Yet there is a confident peace one may know by believing in the One who gives eternal life.

Still, this confidence is sometimes seen as arrogance. Someone believes that she knows she will go to heaven, and another considers it arrogance. Yet, one may understand that she is from God. (1John 5:19-20) This is simply wisdom borne from a belief in the word of God. It boasts nothing of oneself but puts all its stock in the word of God. One may be confident of such matters. Indeed, John wrote to us so that we may be believe in the name of the Son of God and be confident of eternal life.

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