Confess or Deny

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.

            The word “confess” here means to agree with Jesus. Agree with what He says or agree with His principles. In addition, it means to trust that He came from God and has in fact done what He said He would do. So Jesus is saying in verse 8 that to those who agree with Him and do His will, there will be an agreement by the angels or messengers of God.

            However, in verse 9, Jesus continues and says, “he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels or messengers of God.” The first time the word “denies” is used in this verse, it means, to separate oneself or reject someone, but there is a deeper meaning of this word. The definition continues to say, those who by cherishing and disseminating malicious opinions and immorality are adjudged to have apostatized from God and Christ. In less words it means if you value your own opinion over agreeing with Jesus, you are denying Him.

            Verse 9 continues to say that the one who cherishes their own opinion over agreeing with Christ will be denied before the angels of God. This time the word “denies” is different and it means, to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with him; to forget oneself, lose sight of oneself and one’s own interests.

            The idea of holding on to my own opinion is a daily battle, but to run the risk of denying my Savior because I’ve been cherishing my opinion over agreeing with Him is frightening.  There are many reasons to get free from over-valuing my own opinions and ideas, but understanding that I can be denied access to God because His angels have no acquaintance with me is something altogether different. Think about it.

Christine Potter