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, ifÂ we confess Jesus Christ, we are â€œof Godâ€ and have â€œthe Spirit of God.â€ On the otherÂ hand, if we refuse to confess Jesus Christ, we are of the devil and have been seized byÂ the â€œspirit of antichrist.â€
Are you ever-willing and ever-ready to publicly confess Jesus Christ or are you hesitantÂ and reluctant to do so? The answer to this question speaks volumes about your presentÂ spiritual condition. Many who profess Christ privately behind church doors are unwillingÂ to do so publicly in the town square. According to Jesus, those who refuse to â€œconfessâ€Â Him â€œbefore men,â€ He will â€œdeny before [His] Father which is in Heavenâ€ (MatthewÂ 10:32-33).
Refusing to publicly confess Jesus Christ proves any private profession of ChristÂ disingenuous. No Spirit-indwelt child of God will publicly deny his or her spiritualÂ parentage. To do so proves oneâ€™s spiritual illegitimacy and serves as a sure sign ofÂ hypocrisy. No matter how loud one professes Christ privately, to deny Him publicly is toÂ be denied by Him ultimately.