Throughout the Book of Acts there is an ever-occurring term that stands out. Indeed, this descriptive term is so characteristic of the apostles’ preaching of the Gospel that Luke is careful to use it even up to and including the very last verse of his book!
“What is it?”
Let me quote that verse an see if you can pick it out.
“OK. Go ahead.”
Speaking of Paul’s house arrest, here is what he writes:
He stayed two whole years in his own rented house . . . proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with full boldness and without hindrance (HCSB).
Do you see the word that I have in mind?
“Not sure… is it ‘proclaiming?'”
A great word—shows us how he never stopped preaching. But that’s not the word I had in mind.
“How about ‘teaching?'”
Another good choice— but not what I had in mind.
“Then it must be ‘boldness.”‘
Bingo! You got it.
“Thought I never would. Why do you point this out? Isn’t boldness a bit careless? You know what the word means—’he boldly jumped over the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle’—and so on?”
No! No! No!
“What do you mean, ‘NO?'”
I mean NO!
“Why say NO? Everyone knows that boldness can lead to carelessness—why would Luke characterize Paul’s teaching that way?”
Glad you raised that question. You see, this isn’t the ordinary word for boldness—it is a special word.
“How does it differ?”
This word means “to speak the truth without fear of consequences. How we need that sort of preaching today!
“You’re right. Thanks for clearing that up.”