32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
32 Verse 32. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men]
That is, whosoever shall acknowledge me to be the Messiah, and
have his heart and life regulated by my spirit and doctrine. It
is not merely sufficient to have the heart right before God; there
must be a firm, manly, and public profession of Christ before men.
"I am no hypocrite," says one; neither should you be. "I will
keep my religion to myself" i.e. you will not confess Christ
before men; then he will renounce you before God.
We confess or own Christ when we own his doctrine, his
ministers, his servants, and when no fear hinders us from
supporting and assisting them in times of necessity.