“Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9 KJV)
We frequently confess before the Lord, giving word to our belief and admission to our sine and weaknesses. Many of us do this daily in prayer, and sometimes even without thinking as the day progresses. But to deny God? This is something we have been taught never to do. How can we deny a power as great and good as God? Yes, there are those who deny even the existence of God, but they are nt Christians and no not necessarily read the bible. Christianity is based on the firm foundation of a belief in God and in that belief being undeniable.
Chapter 12of Luke was written to the disciples against hypocrisy and as an exhortation to fearless confession. Here began an extensive speech in which Jesus alternates between addressing disciples and the crowds. On the Lukan distinction between apostles, disciples and crowds as expresses in Chapter 12, verses 12-31. To understand these verses in context, one should hear them in the framework of this alternation, not as a series of individual sayings.
In 12:1-12 Luke combines Q sayings material with a Markan framework, addressing a number of sayings originally in a variety of context to the one theme of courageous Christian confession. The concluding sayings in verses 11 and 12 indicate that the sayings presuppose the post-Easter time when Christians were persecuted. These instructions appear in Matthew in the context of sending out the Twelve disciples.
Our verses, 8 and 9, speak of the Son of Man. The Greek text contrasts a court scene on the human level and one on the divine level. Confessions of Jesus in the court of human opinion will be vindicated in the heavenly court at the Last Judgment. Denial of one’s faith by keeping a low profile in the present world of human life will result in being denied before the heavenly court. The heavenly world is represented as those sayings by the Son of Man, the angels, the Holy Spirit, and by God.
God admonishes us to acknowledge him and not to deny him. This does not refer to the one-time event of making a public confession of Christian faith upon entering the Christian community of when standing before the court, but to one’s witness in word and deed in the course of one’s daily life.
It is this instruction that we can and do follow in our own lives. We confess our sins in church and in the silence of our own personal prayers. We ask for God’s forgiveness for those things we should not have do0ne as well as those we have left undone. We pray that we might be forgiven through the love and grace of the Lord and try,, each step of our journey, to be a little bit better and closer to God. We know that we are judged by people daily and, some day, we will be judged on high. Will we be ready? Let it be so! Amen.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.
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Sharon is a member of the Community Church of the Midlands that meets at Seven Oaks Community Center at 200 Leisure Lane in Columbia and is a frequent participant, with her husband Douglas, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located at 1100 Sumter Street in Columbia.
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