Overcoming Sin through Christ: Denial of Christ

  Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Denial of Christ

Another sin that is commonly committed is denying Christ Jesus.  In other words, refusing to confess or acknowledge Him in public—with our words or actions.

We all will remember how Peter denied Jesus three times when the trial for our Lord continued. Three times this apostle failed to confess Jesus before the unbelieving crowd. When He finally realized what he had done, Scripture says that “he went out and wept bitterly” (Matthew 26:75). If Peter had not repented, surely this would have been a very serious offense.

We know the importance of confessing Christ before others.  Our faith and our verbal testimony must go together—our faith must be expressed.  Paul said, “Having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).  If we believe in Christ, we will be willing and even anxious to speak of Him.

This happens in salvation itself.  Paul writes, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10).  But it is especially important to note how our confession of Christ must be done in the regular course of life and especially when persecution comes on us. 

Jesus declared, “Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). If we confess Jesus, He will confess us.  But the Lord goes on to tell us the other side of the matter: “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven” (v. 33).  To deny Jesus is to have Jesus deny us!

The need to confess our Lord before others and the danger of denying Him is repeated elsewhere.  Christ shows how vital it is to confess Him in public: “Everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9; cf. Revelation 3:5). 

What might bring a person to denying Jesus?  Probably being ashamed of Him in public would be a leading reason.  Thus we need to note Christ’s further explanation: “Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). 

If we are ashamed of Jesus, we will deny Him before others (cf. also Luke 9:26).  Paul also reiterated the same fact: “If we deny Him [Jesus], He also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12b).  Our Lord pictures the Judgment scene when He will say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).

When we are in the midst of family and friends who do not know God or are not sympathetic with your stand for Christ, it may be tempting to deny your commitment to Him.  Especially when you are on the job or in some sensitive context, you may be enticed to remain silent when Christ is demeaned, when purity and morality are ridiculed, when sexual issues are glorified, and when the way of truth and righteousness is compromised.  You may either want to deny your Christian stand or at least remain silent about it. 

In such an occasion, it is always good to remind yourself of Christ’s solemn words, “Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).

 

 

 

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