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