Luke 12:8-9

Luke 12:8-9

[1] Also inal/%CE%9B%CE%AD%CE%B3%CF%89" data-number="G3004" class="xxxxxxxxx G3004" >I say uninal/%E1%BD%91%CE%BC%E1%BF%96%CE%BD" data-number="G4771" class="xxxxxxxxx G4771" >to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: [2] But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

What does Luke 12:8-9 Mean?

Contextual Meaning

Another special preface indicated the certainty and importance of what followed (cf. Luke 12:4-5). Confessing the Son of Man (i.e, Jesus as the divine Messiah) publicly or denying Him publicly were the disciples" options (cf. Luke 9:26). Confessing (Gr. homolgesei) and denying (Gr. arnesetai) are polar expressions. In polarization extreme terms stress the alternatives. The disciples had to make a choice. Their choice would determine God"s acknowledgment or lack of acknowledgment of them before the angels and the Father (cf. Luke 7:28; Matthew 10:32-33; Matthew 11:11). The time of God"s action will evidently be when He evaluates their lives as they stand before Him. For Christians this will be at the judgment seat of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). More or fewer rewards are in view. Jesus appears to have been viewing the totality of a disciple"s witness, not every instance of it since He spoke of a final heavenly evaluation.