yesterday we saw that he considered himself “a nobody” – rather he had confidence in the adequacy of Christ’s work in his life. That gave him hope, and from that hope he spoke boldly (3:12).
So the application – and this is easier to write than it is to do – is to confront arrogant by being adequate, adequate in Christ. That is one does not demand audience rather one speaks boldly from what Christ has wrought in their lives. The tension I usually feel is that people may not respond to what I say. That does not matter. What matters is that I engage – not from any sense of greatness or privilege but from the adequacy that Christ has given me through the Spirit.