The worst thing a christian can do on this earth is to deny Jesus Christ, to disown his Lordship and authority over their lives. Denying Christ is more than just not confessing that he is Lord , but it also has to do with how we live our lives. In other words, we must acknowledge him in words and our actions. Whenever the verse mention below came up, you can scroll down to read it, it’s in red, I would proudly admit, “no I would never deny Jesus”, sound familiar, yep, Peter said the same words right before he denied Jesus. So imagine me being confident in my own wisdom, claiming I would never do such thing and then realizing that my lifestyle was doing the opposite. Yep, I denied my savior, my friend, Jesus Christ by the way I was living. It was an emotional day, I must admit but I hope this post can shine some light and help you in your walk with Christ. Here are three ways a person can deny Jesus Christ publicly on earth.
Matthew 10: 32-33 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
- To deny Jesus is to claim that he is not the Holy One of God ( Mark 1:23-24) , he is not the son of God, the Messiah, the Christ. —- I knew of Jesus but I didn’t truly understand who he really was, until I started reading my bible for myself.
- To deny Jesus is to not live and walk as he did. (I John 2:6). Jesus came to reedem us, to give us the right to become the children of God, so if we are not living and walking as he did then we have not been truly become the children of God. —-I didn’t believe that I can live for God, or that the Holy Spirit can help me to turn away from my sin .
- To deny Jesus is to not have love for other believers. ( John 13:35), Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his disciples that the world would know that they are his based on how they love one another. Love fulfill the law and without love we will not be able to truly serve God and each other.—-My life was about me, my self-centered gospel lifestyle, and less about salvation of others.
To conclude, we must know who Jesus is for ourselves, and through that personal relationship our lives will began to change. Most Christian assume that denying Christ can only be done with their lips but not necessarily with their actions but scriptures tells us otherwise, for faith without works is dead. Therefore your faith in Jesus Christ will and should match your deeds and actions. In Matthew chapter 7 verse 22 Jesus said “many on that day will say “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and drive out demons in your name, then he will reply, I never knew you, you who are workers of lawlessness. This simply means, these type of believers claimed to believe in Jesus but yet still practice a life of sin.
Overall family, none of us are exempt from denying Jesus Christ, as scripture confirmed Peter confessed that Jesus is Lord and yet denied him later . However, one of the most important happened after, he repented, weeped over his sin and recommitted himself to Jesus Christ. The same can be done for you and I if we have denied Jesus , we can repent, ask for forgiveness and be cleanse of all unrighteousness. Let’s continue to push forward, stay bless 😊.