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Confess before men and the angels of God

Columbia Biblical Studies: Friday, May 9
Columbia Biblical Studies: Friday, May 9
Alex Borland

Today’s bible study is from the Gospel of Luke 12:8-9: 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 denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

We frequently confess before the Lord, giving word to our belief and admission to our sins and weaknesses. Many of us do this daily in prayer, and sometimes even subconsciously as the day progresses. But to deny God? This is something we have been taught never to do. How can we deny the power of God? Christianity is based on the firm foundation of a belief in God and in that belief being undeniable.

Our verses today 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?

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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