For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:(C) first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.
DAILY DEVOTION, April 3, 2022
Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).
Here Jesus speaks sobering words. To confess has two meanings. It means speaking words and acting in harmony with the words spoken. We are promised that if we confess our faith in Jesus before men, Jesus will also confess us before the Father. If we have true faith in Jesus and act in harmony with the faith we profess, Jesus will acknowledge us as His own before the Father. We need to make certain our confession of faith, “I believe in Jesus,” is backed up with a lifestyle in harmony with the words.
Then comes the warning. Those who deny Jesus He will also deny before the Father. The basic idea behind “deny” is to disown. Those disowned by Jesus face an eternity removed from the love and presence of God. We deny Jesus with our words, and we also deny Him when we speak the right words without sincerity. Words we believe are always backed up by deeds.
Father, I do confess my faith in Your Son, Jesus, my Savior. I pray that I will honor Him with both my words and my deeds. Amen.