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Pamphlet #4411

My Hi-lite:   Matthew 10:32  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.

This does not mean just to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and that you believe He is Lord, for we have already seen that there are many who cry Lord, Lord, who are not in good standing with the Father. Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." You see, the word "confess" is the compound word in Greek "homologeo, from homou and logos" which means to profess or speak openly. Remember, Jesus Christ is still speaking to His disciples who He is about to send forth to teach His Word and proclaim the Kingdom of God, and He is giving them final instructions concerning the will of His Father!

And so it is that "whosoever" will confess Jesus Christ, the true Logos, the Word of God, before men instead of the "sweet little Lord Jesus" traditions of men, is that servant who shall be in good standing... having done the Father's will... and the Lord Jesus Christ who now sits at His right hand in heaven shall surely confess that faithful one before the Father!
On the other hand...

[33] But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
The "denying" Christ is speaking of here is in contrast to His words in verse 32. In other words, He isn't just talking about those who are non-believers and reject Him altogether as the Messiah. Do you realize that when one "confesses" the traditions of men instead of openly professing His Word, that person contradicts the Word of God which means he or she denies Him by refusing to teach the truth?      Woe!
deny, G720 ????????? arneomai ar-neh'-om-ahee
Perhaps from G1 (as a negative particle) and the middle of G4483; to contradict, that is, disavow, reject, abnegate: - deny, refuse.
Unfortunately there are many in this generation who come in the name of Christ claiming to be His ministers, as in Christian ministers, and they cry Lord, Lord, Praise the Lord, Jesus is the Christ, yet they deceive our people by refusing to teach His Word as it is written chapter by chapter and verse by verse.

In fact, this is the very first warning Christ gives concerning this final generation:

Matthew 24:4-5
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

[5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Those priests, ministers, etc., who claim to be sent of Him to preach and teach His Word better take heed to His warnings and begin confessing His Word before men, else they shall find themselves "denied" by Christ Himself and on the outside looking in (Luke 13:28)!

If you think not, then read again Mat. 7:21-23.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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