MODELS OF BIBLICAL HOLINESS EVANGELICAL MINISTRY
A DAILY DEVOTIONAL
WEDNESDAY, 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2018
TOPIC: DENYING CHRIST
KEY TEXT: “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”(Mathew 10:32-33).
Two days ago, we discussed the topic ” denying self”. We saw that the more we deny ourselves, we automatically, simultaneously, get close and stuck to Christ. But, if the reverse is the case, that is, if we deny Christ, what would be the result, who would we get stuck to? You already know the answer!
Many Christians deny Christ everyday knowingly and unknowingly. Peter denied Christ three times and was heartbroken. It took Jesus Christ Himself to resuscitate Peter’s Christian faith. But some Christians, who deny Christ everyday as a habit are blind to see the danger Peter saw and cried! Denying Christ is betraying Him and befriending Satan. Our key text says if you confess Christ, He would also be confessing you to His father in heaven. If you deny Christ, He would be denying you in the presence of His father! This means that there are times heaven/ Christ will deny you too! Imagine what types of problems you will be passing through then and how the kingdom of darkness would ravage you because Christ boldly denied you. No wonder many Christians encounter some life situation they don’t understand.
Many Christians think that one can only deny Christ when the person faces death threats and succumbs. No. I have already said some Christians deny Christ everyday knowingly and unknowingly without facing death threats.
There are are many ways the Bible indicates the meaning of denying Christ. One: if you are an adherent of a type of religion that doesn’t believe in the existence of Jesus Christ in connection to his father, you have denied Christ. There are even churches or ministries that teach their members to believe only in the existence of Jesus Christ. They don’t believe in the father and the son. The Bible says all such are of the Antichrist.
“And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.
Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also”.
(1 John 2 :22-23)
Two: there are many means God uses to make the gospel of Christ come to us everyday, anybody that rejects the true gospel of Christ preached to him or her has rejected Christ.
“He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me”. ( Luke 10:16).
When I talk about the gospel of Christ, I mean only teachings of the doctrines that exist in the Bible that incite perfect holiness of God in you. I don’t mean the lies and false teachings carried out in churches nowadays. If somebody tells you that if you repent once you don’t need another repentance, reject the preaching. It is of the devil. If somebody tells you that as a woman you can pray without covering your hair or that you can leave your hair open in church because your hair is your glory, don’t obey that. If somebody tells you as a woman you should beautify yourself with makeups, jewelries and attachments, don’t adhere to it. These are examples of false teachings in the church. Anybody teaching what is not biblical is denying Christ likewise those who obey the false teachings.
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of”. (2 Peter 2:1-2).
Three: every sin you commit means denying Christ! (1 John 3:8 KJV) He that committeth sin is of the devil…”(1 John 3:8).
No wonder at one sin, your name will be blotted out of the book of life and your good works all forgotten, because by sinning, you are boldly paying allegiance to the devil.
Four: if you are faced with a death threat as a Christian and you fear to die for Christ, you have denied Him.
“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do” (Luke 12:4).
The mandate of God on all Christians is not to deny Him in any way but to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8).Being His witness or denying Christ indicates the master you have chosen to obey because nobody can serve two masters at the same time. You are a slave to whomever you choose to obey.
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