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Matthew 10:32-33

Before Men and God

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

How many people do you know who have been "Christians" for more many years and have never led a single person to Christ? When you start to count, you will most likely find that fifty to eighty percent of your church can be counted. Will those people gain entry into the kingdom of heaven?

Jesus had gone to the trouble to dispel all the fears of His disciples before sending them on a short mission trip. By assuring them that God was in control of their lives and that He would bring the efforts of their enemies to nothing, He encouraged them to boldly preach the gospel. Faith would be the substance that would sustain them. Faith was their weapon against the fear mongers.

Now, He declared that men, who live by their faith, telling others that Jesus is the Son of God and the only means of salvation, will be represented by Him before the heavenly throne. "To confess" Christ means "to agree" with Him openly and publicly, without shame or fear. This is not to say that we can earn our way into heaven, but our faith is seen in what we do.

Jesus' promise is that He will do the same for us. He is constantly at the right hand of the Father openly agreeing with us, declaring our faith in Him, and claiming us as His own.

On the other hand, Jesus said that whoever denies Him will not have His advocacy before the throne. There are many ways to deny Christ. We deny Him when we are silent about our faith, because the world will assume that we agree with them. We deny Him when we allow others to pressure us into disobeying Him, because this is a rejection of His word. We deny Him when we twist His word to make sinful lifestyles appear to be acceptable. Fear itself is a denial of Jesus' promises to be with us.

Those who deny Him are still lost, though they may call themselves "Christian." They are a mission field that does exist inside the walls of the church building. Unfortunately, many of these have become so hardened from years of rejecting Christ and from lying to themselves about their spiritual state that they will never receive Him. They need our prayers, because only God can change them.

I have found that the only way to confess Christ before men is to be intentional about it. For example, if I go into the corner convenience store without having thought about it beforehand, I will forget to mention anything about Christ to the clerk. However, when I enter the store with the intention of confessing Christ, I may mention Him to the clerk and other customers. Purchasing the things that I need becomes secondary to saying the things that I need to say, and I become an ambassador for Christ.

Try to be intentional in every situation of your daily life. I know that you will feel uncomfortable at first, but with practice you will find yourself sharing Christ with many people, and it will become a natural part of your personality.

Before The Throne:

Ask God to show you ways to reach out in your community. Ask Him to help you be intentional about sharing the gospel message. Wherever there is a group of people, there is the need for evangelism. Pray, and God will open up opportunity after opportunity. Be prepared to take advantage of them.

For Further Study:

** confess me. Ps 119:46; Luke 12:8-9; John 9:22; Rom 10:9-10; 1Tim 6:12-13; 2Tim 1:8; 1John 4:15; Rev 2:13; ** him. Matt 25:34; 1Sam 2:30; Rev 3:5;

(v.33) ** deny me. Matt 26:70-75; Mark 14:30, 72; Luke 9:26; Luke 12:9; 2Tim 2:12; 2Pet 2:1; 1John 2:23;


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