The Full Measure Of Christ’s Warning: “Whoever Is Ashamed Of Me…”

I struggle to understand the Lord’s Word — mostly because I want to know how to better serve and obey Him.  So I tremble at warnings such as this:

Luke 9:26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

I encounter a great many people who profess to be believers, and they will boast that they profess that they are not ashamed to proclaim the Name of Jesus.  They will shout from the rooftop: “Jesus is Lord!”  But I have come to wonder whether or not they understand what they are saying.  I wonder because their actions do not seem to match their proclamation.

I have written on how profoundly I was affected when I discovered that John did not say Jesus is ‘The Word,’ but that Jesus is ‘The Logos.‘  I have explained how — for me — ‘The Logos’ is connected to Jesus proclamation: “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  But ‘The Logos’ and “The Way, the Truth and the Life’ are also connected to ‘The Name;’  and one cannot proclaim Christ’s Name without also embracing ‘The Logos’ and all that goes with it.  Nor can a person proclaim Christ’s name without also proclaiming the Father and the sum total of His being and Nature — which includes all His Laws (i.e. ‘The Logos’).

I suspect, if believers truly understood the ramifications of all this, there would be far fewer believers boasting that they proclaim ‘The Name’ of Jesus.  I know I do not do so lightly — not anymore; not since I learned what I was saying.  Now I tremble at the thought of proclaiming ‘The Name.’  Oh, please, dear reader, don’t get me wrong: I still proclaim ‘The Name’ of the Lord.  I am not ashamed of Him or ‘The Name.’  But I understand what it means, and because I understand it, I fear the wrath of the Living God.  Here, let me explain it this way:

Jesus is ‘The Logos.’  If you do not know what that means, stop now and read this post.

But Jesus is also ‘The Name.’  Now, what — exactly — does this mean?  It means that Jesus and ‘The Logos’ and ‘The Name’ are all one with ‘The father’ — God!  And with God’s Laws — all of His laws: Natural, Eternal and Moral; discovered or revealed.  In short: ‘The Name’ is everything God is!  And Jesus is ‘The Name.’  If you are a believer, it is another way of saying, “I Am!”  So, why should this make us tremble?  Well, consider the Scripture I cited at the start of this post:

Luke 9:26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Mark 8:38   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

What does Jesus mean when He says ‘Whoever is ashamed of Me and My Words?”  Well, since Jesus is ‘The Logos’ made flesh, then that means anyone who is ashamed of ‘The Logos’ is ashamed of Jesus and His Words.  Likewise, anyone who is ashamed of Jesus and His Words is ashamed of ‘The Logos.’  But ‘The Logos’ is the sum total of God’s Laws, which means, ‘The Logos’ is the path to truth and Righteousness, which leads to Life.  Therefore, to be ashamed of Jesus is to be ashamed of righteousness, and to be ashamed of righteousness is to be ashamed of Jesus — both of which will result in a bad end for the individual in question.

But let’s not stop here.  Let’s look at what this means for believers — especially those believers who are lax in the way they handle the Lord’s Word (i.e. Logos/Scripture):

Matthew 5:17-20   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [a]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [b]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [c]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Do you understand the connection between ‘The Logos,’ ‘The name’ and this passage?  In this last passage, Jesus asserts that he is the Law (i.e. the fulfillment of the law — ‘The Logos’).  Then He says that anyone who sets aside one of His commands, or teaches others to do the same, is violating His commands, which are His Laws, which is God’s Logos, which is ‘The Name!’  READER!  DO YOU SEE?!  If we set aside or ignore one of Christ’s commands, or if we teach others to do so, we are ashamed of His Name — ‘The Name!’  Which means He will be ashamed of us on judgment day!  Do you understand what this means?!  Do you understand why I tremble?!

But you ask: “Where have I set aside one of His commands?’

We all break His commands!  Every day!  It is why we are in desperate need of Christ’s salvation: because we cannot help but break His commands.

How many people have you encountered who call themselves ‘Christians,’ then set aside God’s commandments concerning sexual morality?  I am not speaking just about homosexuality, but also about all sexual relations outside the bond of marriage — and by that, I mean marriage between one man and one woman?!

How many people have you encountered who claim to be ‘Christians’ who then justify lawlessness?  By that, I mean anyone who justifies breaking of the law — God’s or mans?  Scripture commands us to obey our leaders.  Jesus no sooner condemned the Pharisees as being ‘Sons of Satan’ than He turned and told the people to obey them!  God hates lawlessness — even to the point of expecting His people to submit to unjust laws.  But this does not mean we must obey laws that go against God, because we cannot do that!  It means, if necessary, we refuse to obey unjust laws made by man even if it means we are jailed and persecuted and even put to death as a result.  Submission to man’s law — not necessarily obedience to or support for that law.

The point here is that too many Christians have come to believe they can pick and chose what they accept in Scripture and discard the rest.  By doing this, they are demonstrating that they are ashamed of Jesus and His Words.  They are ashamed of ‘The Name,’ which means — whether they know and understand it or not — they are ashamed of GOD!

This may not cause others to tremble, but it causes me to tremble in fear of the Living God, which then turns me to His Son with even greater faith and desperation than ever.  When I realized what Scripture was telling me about Jesus, and I understood what Jesus was telling me about being ashamed of His name, I realized He is my only hope.  He is the only hope any of us have!  For this reason, I cling to Him and His Name, and I pray you will, too.

 

 

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