Bible Reading: 1 John 4:2-3

In 1 John 4:2-3, the Apostle John gives us the spiritual acid test. According to John, if we confess Jesus Christ, we are “of God” and have “the Spirit of God.” On the other hand, if we refuse to confess Jesus Christ, we are of the devil and have been seized by the “spirit of antichrist.”

Are you ever-willing and ever-ready to publicly confess Jesus Christ or are you hesitant and reluctant to do so? The answer to this question speaks volumes about your present spiritual condition. Many who profess Christ privately behind church doors are unwilling to do so publicly in the town square. According to Jesus, those who refuse to “confess” Him “before men,” He will “deny before [His] Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).

Refusing to publicly confess Jesus Christ proves any private profession of Christ disingenuous. No Spirit-indwelt child of God will publicly deny his or her spiritual parentage. To do so proves one’s spiritual illegitimacy and serves as a sure sign of hypocrisy. No matter how loud one professes Christ privately, to deny Him publicly is to be denied by Him ultimately.