When we talk about having confidence, especially in the context of relationships, we mean it to mean there is a sense of trust, no fear or suspicion, able to be frank and unreserved. In other words, we feel we have the ability to speak freely. This is especially true with those we love and who are closest to us. Married couples often say that communication is the key to their marriage. What they mean is that they desire one another to be open and honest with their thoughts and feelings. Parents often tell their children that they can come to them with anything, good or bad, and be received with love and compassion. Even many businesses talk about an “open door” policy where employees are encouraged to be sincere with their superiors about workplace issues. As Christians, do we feel we can have confidence when it comes to our relationship with God? “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22).” The grace of God has taken down the barriers that prevented us from approaching Him as His children.
With nothing between us and God, we now can boldly and confidently approach Him to receive His love, grace and mercy. The author of Hebrews describes this confidence with phrases like “draw near,” “full assurance,” that we are now “clean from an evil conscience” and our “bodies washed with pure water.” It is this truth that enables us to speak freely to God without any fear of punishment. This is a far cry from life under the law. “What the law says, it says to those who are ruled by the law. Its purpose is to shut every mouth and make the whole world accountable to God. So it can’t be said that anyone will be made right with God by obeying the law. Not at all! The law makes us more aware of our sin (Romans 3:19-20).” Notice the contrast to the grace of God in this passage? It says the purpose of the law is to “shut every mouth.” This is the exact opposite of being confident to speak freely. The law shuts our mouths because we know we are not righteous enough to obey it. We walk around in our lives.. quiet and in shame because we feel too guilty in that knowledge and truth of our sins to even approach Him. Therefore, we have nothing to boast about before God and we are separated from Him by our actions. And when we are separated from Him we can’t draw near, we have no assurance, our consciences are not clean because we are guilty of sin and our works are as filthy rags; impure bodies before the Lord. That is why it is imperative to recognize that because of our relationship and our faith in Jesus Christ we can now “boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).” Be confident and assured of your right standing before God. When You have a relationship with Him – Nothing can take that away from you and NOTHING can take you away from Him!