I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.Luke 12:8-9 (NABRE)
Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.Luke 12:8-9 (NKJV)
“Confess” (from Latin confiteri) is used in this couplet for the Greek verb homologeó (to speak the same; to agree; publicly declare), a verb from antiquity applied to the public profession of faith in Christ.
In the early Church, “confessors” designated an entire class of saints, distinguished from martyrs, in that they persevered in the public profession of Christ to the end of their lives in spite of persecution, torture, imprisonment, or exile. The white martyrdom of confessors was a day by day “Yes!” to the Lord without flagging.
The first confessors in the Church were St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Hilarion, St. Philogonus, St. Athanasius, and Pope St. Sylvester. The Eastern Church continues to celebrate confessors among their customary saint titles.
A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Having the courage of a confessor is a pure gift and grace flowing from the divine wellspring within.
Therefore, I tell you that nobody speaking by the spirit of God says, “Jesus be accursed.” And no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the holy Spirit.1 Corinthians 12:3
…whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.John 4:14
The Heavenly Jerusalem
The spiritual vision of confessors penetrates far beyond the visible realm to
Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.Hebrews 12:22-24
The Book of Life
The prophetic message of Revelation, delivered by an angel to John, recaps the words of Christ in Luke:
The victor will thus be dressed in white, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father and of his angels.Revelation 3:5 (NABRE)
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.Revelation 3:5 (NKJV)
If we confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
He is Lord!
Christ confesses us in the heav’nly court.
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Confess to the person I know,
Acknowledge my deep love.
Witness that love by action,
Then my faith will grow.
Dear GMC, thank you for helping us cultivate a disciple’s heart. It helps along the way to have people like you with wit and wisdom. And a snail too, whose powerful message still reverberates in my heart and sends me to bow down and confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord.”