Acknowledged before the Father
“But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 10:30–32 ESV)
Sending his disciples out to proclaim the good news, Jesus warns them that violence with come on them as opposition stands in the way. But they were to give without pay what they received without paying. That is something. You can’t buy your way into relationship with God but Jesus loves to gift it to you.
In this gift, in this receiving, the disciples and we who follow their lead, have nothing to fear in life or death. All of the hairs of our head are numbered and we are more valuable than a flock of sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges Jesus before men will be acknowledged by Jesus before the Father in heaven.
You will be presented blameless before the throne as you are in Christ. His righteousness your covering, his word of approval and his acknowledgment your gift. Secured by him, preserved by him.
There really is nothing to fear then. We can proclaim Christ, we an speak of his goodness and grace and be opposed. And nothing can happen that lessens or harms his acknowledgment. Once and for all. Fear not, therefore.
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