Have you disowned Jesus?

“I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. 

And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” 🙏

Luke 12:8-10

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.

Have you been guilty of denying Jesus in public? All of us I believe are at some point in our lives, been guilty of denying Jesus in public. Peter, one of the closest apostles of Jesus, denied Him three times, remember? The shame. The guilt. And, yet, Jesus had forgiven him, because Peter repented.

Remember those days when you could not go out in public and proclaim about the good news of salvation and, of Jesus as your saviour, for fear of being outcasted or attacked as trying to be pious more than the Pope or being branded as corny and, therefore, ashamed? We all had those days, I supposed.  I am guilty of that, I know and I have confessed about it.  

And, things have changed.

Perhaps because I am no longer my old me, and I have been one of the living witnesses of Christ mercy, forgiveness and faithfulness.  I am one of the living witnesses of the mystery of the Holy Spirit as manifested in my life daily. Then, I started to get vocal about it. Testifying about Jesus, my Lord and my God.

What does it mean to acknowledge Jesus? 

It means to accept Him as the Sovereign God, recognizing His authority and to remain obedient to Him, to make Him rule over your life and be obedient to His teachings and truths. 

How about disowning Jesus, what does it mean? 

It can be as subtle as ignoring those who say something negative about Jesus, to the most dramatic way of renouncing one’s faith in Jesus in order to preserve a status quo or personal comfort or to avoid persecution.  Oh how admire those faithfuls who chose death in the hands of malefactors instead of renouncing their faith in God. They surely are in the rooms in paradise prepared by Jesus  for His servants in God the Father’s home. 

We disown Jesus when we fail to speak up and make it clear where we stand for Him. Even when you have not renounced your faith vocally, remember, God knows what is in your heart, and He would know if you have denied Him or not. 

Are you acknowledging Jesus or denying Him before men? Take a stand, my friend. 

Be brave to accept Jesus. Be bold to proclaim His promise salvation. 

God be with you. 

How Will We Be Judged?

God will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”

Romans 2:6-8

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Romans. 

Each one will be judged by God according to his own works; and, according to the desire of his hearts. Yes, we are saved through the grace of God, but our deeds are important too because they are the manifestation or outward expression of what is inside our hearts. When we come to face our creator, therefore, in the next life, we will be judged based on what we have  done in this life. There is no take two, there is no editing of life lived on earth. Our final and eternal destiny is determined by what we do here on earth and not after we die.

The above passage says that those who persevere in doing good will receive eternal life and those who do evil will incur God’s wrath. Correlate this verse with John 5:28-29, where Jesus says “ Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”  In simple terms, it could mean, persevere in doing good things in order to have eternal life.   

But  eternal life is not just about doing good things in this lifetime. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son whom He has sent to save us.   Thus in John 17: 3, Jesus says in His prayer: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Thus, those who acknowledge Jesus before others,  will also be acknowledged by Him (Luke 12:8-9). And, those who reject Him or who does not receive His words, will be judged by Him accordingly (John 12:48)

It is, therefore, our relationship with Jesus that is the basis of God’s judgment. Those who receive Him as Savior will not be condemned but those who reject Him, will be condemned for eternity.  John 3:18-19, says:  “Those who believe in Him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.”  God be with you.