Q. I love your sight and thank God for you. You have answered so many questions for me. A verse that I need help with is, ” If you will not confess me before men I will not confess you before the father who gives life.” Could you please explain this to me?
A. In the KJV Matt. 10:32-33 says;
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
The Greek word for confess in verse 32 means to agree or acknowledge. So when we agree on Earth that Jesus is our Lord, who died for our sins and rose again, He will vouch for us when we stand before His Father in Heaven. But if we deny this on earth, Jesus will testify before God that we are not saved.
This is a very scary thing to consider, because the Bible tells us Jesus died for the sins of all mankind. He’s the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world (John 1:29). That means the penalty for all our sins has already been paid, and it’s up to us to accept or reject it.
Those who accept it will be welcomed into the Kingdom, but those who reject will have to stand before the Father while Jesus explains that even though He paid the debt they owed to God, their failure to accept it caused the payment to be cancelled and disqualified them from entering the Kingdom.
It would be bad enough to be turned away because they didn’t make the payment, but how will it feel to know that the payment was made on their behalf and they refused to accept it? Please, if you haven’t accepted the payment that has already been made for your sins, do so today.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).