Continuing His teaching to His disciples, Jesus gives them here a stern warning but also an encouragement. We see:

  • What Jesus means by His disciples’ confession of Him before men and His subsequent confession of them before the Father.
  • What He means by denial of Him before men and what it would mean to be denied by Him before God.

We are challenged in the light of this to examine our hearts to see whether we are deniers or confessors of Christ. If the habitual pattern of our lives is denial and rebellion, we cannot expect that Christ will confess us before God on the Last Day and we need to repent now and come to Him for salvation. If, on the other hand, we do confess Christ, albeit haltingly and failingly, we are urged not to allow our fear of men to overcome our fear of God but rather to be yet more bold and courageous in our public confession of Him. The encouragement is that Christ will surely confess us freely before God on the Last Day.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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