word is awesome, it never changes. Read it, study it, and digest it, no matter
how many times we read through His word, choice little nuggets appear, like
digging for gold, only with God’s word we’ll never run out of discoveries. If we
continue studying our Bibles, inevitably, new and priceless nuggets appear
providing us with rich new perspectives and challenges.
to me recently as I was reading through The New Testament again. I was in the
book of Matthew when suddenly one of the verses I had read many times before
just jumped off the page at me. It was as though the Holy Spirit was speaking to
me, saying “Stop here Ron and take a closer look”.
Here’s the verse that stopped me cold. "Therefore whoever confesses Me
before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But
whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in
heaven.” Matthew 10:32, 33. Presumably, these two verses are quite
familiar, and their meaning is fairly straight forward. Confess Christ and
you’re in; deny Christ and you’re out. Only this time look real hard at the word
deny. In the Greek the word for deny is arneomai,
simply translated it means refuse. Knowing the truth as Christians, but refusing
to confess Christ when we’re given the opportunity is a sin. Basically it’s an
attitude of rebellion and it’s contrary to the command given us by Jesus
Himself. Maybe we could all use a refresher course here “And he said
unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,”
Mark 16:15. Well OK, what is the Gospel? Simply put, the
Gospel is Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It’s not that we don’t
confess Him, but the fact is in many instances we refuse to confess Him. We must
see this refusal as an act of rebellion against God. Be assured Christian,
that’s the way God sees it.
According to the scriptures we not only confess Jesus Christ with our
lips, but also with our actions, with our life styles, and with our attitudes.
Even our bodies being the temple of God can be a confession or a denial of
Jesus Christ as our Saviour and LORD. “Or do you not know that your
body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from
God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19.
our mouth but not with our lifestyle can also be a denial. Conformed, oh no here
we go again. I know, I’ve been through this subject before, and while I’m
probably running the risk of another ton of controversy exploding around me like
grenades, I’ll say it again. Born again believers in Christ are not to conform
to the world. This non-conforming admonishment my dear brothers and sister is
from God, not me, I’m only a messenger. Conforming to the world is a denial of
Christ. “whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny
before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God”, Romans 12:2. The Greek word used in this instance by
Paul the Apostle is syschēmatizō, and its meaning is, to conform one's
self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern, to fashion one's self
according to, in this case the world. Does this mean we can’t confess Jesus
Christ to the world if we are conformed to the world? No, what I’m saying is our
confession or our witness might not be well accepted if we’ve taken on the
characteristics of the ones we’re witnessing to. I’ve heard popular Bible
teachers admit that if you decide to mark up your body with tattoos and piercing
that’s fine, as long as you have a good reason such as for witnessing purposes.
These so called Bible teachers even go as far as to tell their audience that God
won’t condemn you to Hell for marking up your body, but they never mention that
it’s not your body any longer it’s God’s property.
Are you fearful
to confess that you are a follower of Jesus Christ out in public because you are
worried you might go through some kind of persecution? "And
do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear
Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. Matthew 10:28
Remember what Jesus said, “"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men,
him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me
before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven”
Matthew 10:32, 33. If you’re one of those Christians setting back thinking,
I’m in good shape because I know the truth. I’ve nothing to worry about because
I’m saved. You’d better take a closer look at Matthew 10:33.
We deny Christ by keeping silent, and also if the world can’t tell the
difference between us (believers) and them (non-believers) this to can be a
denial. If we live as the secular humanist of this world, what does that say
about our testimony? No, we are told in the scriptures we are to live in the
world and to occupy until He comes, but we’re not to be of the world. The
question is when you are out in the world are you professing or denying Christ?
Think about it.
God bless you