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My mother had a very good understanding of
English Grammar.

Once she told me, "Son, go take out the trash."
I was studying, and thought it would be ok later.
So, I said, "I shall, Mom ... in a little while."

She came to the table and said, "No, Son.
You SHALL do it NOW and every night after supper!"

Luke 12:8-9
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men,
him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the
angels of God.

LIGHT from the WORD.

"Confess"/"Denieth." Two opposites.
One thing I believe is important here is the tense
of the verbs.

"Shall confess" is in the simple future tense (English).
That means CONSTANTLY!
He who surrenders to Christ is owned by Christ.
He who is owned by Christ will be constantly
confessing Christ!

"Denieth" is also in the simple future tense (English).
He who lives a life denying Christ as Lord of his life,
is NOT owned by Christ!
And it does not matter if that person has once made a public
confession of faith, been dunked and put on a church roll!

It is impossible to SURRENDER to Christ without CONTINUALLY

(See John 5:1-15)

Confession of Christ is NOT a one-time act!
It is a CONTINUED work!

The REASON it is a continued work, is because at the point
of genuine contract, Christ SEALS the believer in faith by His
Holy Spirit. (See Eph. 1:13)
At that point, the Holy Spirit begins a work of constant profession
of Christ in the believer's life!

Jesus puts the two (confession and profession) together as one
continual act.
Later, Paul reiterates the same thought.
Rom 10:9-10
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from
the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

“Shall confess....”
Is that YOU?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce