Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
I. THE DUTY specified (Romans 10:10).
1. To confess Christ before men is to show that we are uniformly influenced by a supreme regard to His will (Titus 1:16; Luke 6:46; John 15:14; Nehemiah 5:1).
2. To publicly attest the reality of those hopes and joys which Christianity professes to inspire, and claims as peculiarly her own.
3. To manifest a decided attachment to His people (Matthew 10:40; Matthew 25:40).
II. THE DIFFICULTIES ATTENDANT ON THIS DUTY. Such a decided and consistent testimony to Christ will be attended with difficulties (Matthew 10:36).
1. Common temptations.
III. THE PROMISE ANNEXED TO THE DISCHARGE. Christ will confess His people; it is not said He will do so before men; by striking interpositions of providence. While they are partially confessing Him on earth, He is graciously confessing them in heaven.
Parallel VersesKJV: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.