Friday, June 14, 2013

Who Will You Deny?

The word deny (in Greek aparneomai) is only used 4xs in Matthew. It is used three times in Matthew 26 (verses 34, 35, and 75) where it refers to Peter's denial. But the other time it is used is Matthew 16:24 where it says:
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 
The upshot is we either deny ourselves or we will find ourselves denying Jesus.
Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8