One might think it’s the same, but it’s not.
Our lives are now different when they are hidden in Christ. We are no longer interested in the ways we once had, and for good reason. I cannot explain the miracle, God’s work in people who do believe, except to say they have faith in Jesus and in the Father He revealed. Faith that trembled at His word, faith forgiven and relived. Faith dwelling with God in peace. Faith is that small seed that grows when watered by the words of Christ. Words experienced through obedience. That’s my advice if wanting faith to grow. Obedience. Taste and see, there’s no other way! Do you think God’s going to believe for you?
“Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before people, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before people, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to turn a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a person’s enemies will be the members of his household.
The one who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and the one who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And the one who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. The one who has found his life will lose it, and the one who has lost his life on My account will find it.” (Matthew 5:32-39 NASB)
There are many ways humans deny God’s Son, Jesus, in public situations. Fear of death, loss of employment, rejection and conflict easily come to mind. The fear of man. But to confess Jesus before men is to have peace with God. There is no avoiding these unpleasant situations when confessing Jesus, but faith finds life in Christ. Listen to why we must confess Jesus before men.
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NASB)
The Prince of Peace brought a sword, the word of God.