A Moment with the Bible
Jesus has warned His disciples against fearing man more than God as they spread the gospel. In these verses, Jesus explains the seriousness of not being ashamed of Him and His words. A disciple’s salvation is dependent on whether or not he confesses the Lord before men. Notice carefully the Lord’s words. He did not simply require a man to confess Him. He required a man to confess Him before men. Further, the context shows that He is not talking about confessing the Lord before men who serve God. Jesus is dealing with antagonistic circumstances where there is strong pressure put upon a person to deny Him. It is easy for us to confess the Lord before other Christians, but the challenge is to confess the Lord when to do so will require us to suffer negative consequences.
Christians today often underestimate the seriousness of confessing one’s faith in Christ before the world. Confession of our faith is not only a requirement for us when we first come to Christ, it is a requirement for salvation through out lives. In the midst of serious persecution by Rome, Revelation 12:11 gave early Christians the key to victory over Satan: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” When we the battle against Satan, it is “the word of our testimony” that destroys Satan’s power.
Consider one other passage. Revelation 21:8 says, "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Notice the word “cowardly.” Some versions translate, “fearful.” In the midst of a list that includes that most serious and degrading sins known to man, the Lord says it will also be the cowardly who will have their part in the lake of fire. Just imagine, we can be everything that Lord wants us to be, but when we are afraid to confess our faith before others, we will lose our souls.