Translation of four Greek words in the New Testament. Boldness denotes two things in the New Testament. First, boldness describes the courageous manner of those who preach the Gospel (Acts 2:29;
Acts 4:13,Acts 4:31;
Acts 28:31; see
1 Thessalonians 2:2;
Philippians 1:20). The word translated as “boldness” in these texts (parresia) was used of the free citizen of a city-state who could say anything in the public assembly. In the New Testament it denotes the moral freedom to speak the truth publicly. Second, boldness describes the confidence with which Christians can now approach God because of the redeeming work of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:4-6,2 Corinthians 3:12;
1 John 2:28;
1 John 4:17).
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'BOLDNESS'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".