Someone may say with pride:
“How on earth can I ever deny Christ? I am an Elder, a Deacon, a Pastor, a bible and church worker? I can never ever deny my saviour.”
Well, you are not the first to ever boast about this, Elder Simon Peter also boasted vehemently about this:
He told Christ, “Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.” Mark 14:29.
In fact the account of Matthew gave us a clearer glimpse to the response of what Peter and the other apostles when Christ said, “all ye shall be offended because of me this night.” To the above response in Mark, Peter added, “Though I should DIE with thee, yet will I not DENY thee.” We were told that, “likewise also said all the disciples” Matthew 26:31, 33, 35.
I will not DENY YOU LORD. Peter and the other disciples were very sincere. They never knew that a great test in their character was about to fall upon them. If only they had understood what Christ meant earlier on they would have held tenaciously to Christ word Peter and the other disciples would have asked for grace to withstand the coming storm of test.
We all know the end of the story. Peter, not long after he made this boastful sincere promise, DENIED Christ. Someone may say, “That was Peter, I would not have denied Jesus.” Well Paul said, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1Co 10:11-12
Not until recently when I came across the following quotation below in Counsels for the Chruch, p. 81, I truly didn’t understand what Christ meant when he said:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Mat 10:32-33
THE COMING FLOOD
Whenever I read this passage my mind is often directed to the future when we shall all pass through the great test that will come upon all humanity—The Sunday Law Test. During this period, all will be tested to either receive the mark of the beast or the seal of God. It is true that this text could be applied to that period of time, but it is equally true that none of us shall gain the victory during this great test if we fail to confess Christ in our daily lives. It should be clearly noted that “character is revealed by a crisis . . . Character is revealed by circumstances. Emergencies bring out the true metal of character.”[i] Thus, our daily decision with Christ will determine how we shall stand in that great and solemn hour that is before us.
The Sunday law test is the crisis that will reveal the Character of all Christians. It is the fire that will try all heart. It will reveal to the unfallen world on what we have being building our Character on, either on solid rock or on sand. Christ said:
“whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Mat 7:24-27
The flood is coming! The whirlwind is at hand! The great torrent of rain is about to test all characters. How shall we stand when this time come upon us. Let us heed the word of Christ and live by them daily. It is only by this can we withstand the flood of the coming crisis. We all must be forming godly Character now, today, to withstand the hour of temptation coming ahead of us.
The wise man is the man that builds his house on the solid rock. He daily confesses Christ and lives by His word against the coming flood. He daily denies the world and self to gain the victory over Satan through faith in Christ Jesus.
But those who deny Christ in their daily lives are building on sand, they are foolish men who do not hearken to the word of Christ and when the great coming crisis falls upon them, they are blown away like the chaff.
“In our mingling in society, in families or in whatever relations of life we are placed, either limited or extended, there are many ways wherein we may acknowledge our Lord and many ways wherein we may deny Him.”[ii]
The question then should be, “How can I deny Christ today if thone who were with Christ could easily deny Him?”
WAYS WE MAY BE DENYING CHRIST:
“We may deny Him in our words, by speaking evil of others, by foolish talking, jesting and joking, by idle or unkind words, or by prevaricating, speaking contrary to truth. In our words we may confess that Christ is not in us. In our character we may deny Him by loving our ease, by shunning the duties and burdens of life which someone must bear if we do not, and by loving sinful pleasure. We may also deny Christ by pride of dress and conformity to the world, or by uncourteous behavior. We may deny Him by loving our own opinions and by seeking to maintain and justify self. We may also deny Him in allowing the mind to run in the channel of lovesick sentimentalism and to brood over our supposed hard lot and trials.”[iii]
In this series of discuss, we shall be studying ways we might have been denying Christ and how we can confess Him before the world in order to withstand the coming great flood of the UNIVERSAL SUNDAY LAW ENACTMENT. This is a very crucial topic and it’s a matter of life and death. For Christ said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Mat 10:32-33. We shall be studying the above quotation from Counsels for the Church, p. 81 to understand what it means to deny Christ.
[i] Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, September 17, 1895
[ii] Ellen G. White, Counsels for the Church, p. 81.
[iii]Ellen G. White, Counsels for the church, p. 81.