Luke 12. Forum Discussion

Confessing our belief in Jesus

Chapter 12 begins with Jesus addressing a crowd of thousands. The people had gathered as word of Jesus, and the miracles He was performing, continued to spread. While addressing the crowd, Jesus talks about:

  • Hypocrisy.
  • Greed.
  • Our importance to God.
  • Confessing our belief in Jesus.

We will review each of these areas during today’s lesson.

HYPOCRISY

Jesus speaks out strongly against hypocrisy. He wants us to speak the truth, with a pure heart and righteous intentions. He wants people to be able to trust us and to have reason to believe what we say. In Mathew 5:37 Jesus says:

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

As Christians, we should always speak the truth in love.

“But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.” – Ephesians 4:15.

Here in Luke 12, Jesus addresses the large audience and says to them:

“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”   - Luke 12:1-3.

We cannot fool God or hide our sin from Him. He sees all and knows all. We need to understand that we all will be judged and will be held accountable for our actions on the day of judgement.

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes  judgment .” - Hebrews 9:29.

GREED

Jesus warns His disciples to, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed.” Greed is a powerful force of evil that the devil will use to distract us from following Christ. The devil and the world will try to convince us that obtaining wealth and possessions is what life is all about. For Christians, our top priority must be God. It comes down to a fundamental choice that we all must make. Are we going to serve God? Or are we going to serve money?  In Mathew 6:24, Jesus says:

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

The question to ask ourselves is, “What are our priorities?” When push comes to shove, are we about serving God, or about pursuing money and the pleasures of this world? God knows where we stand on this issue as He does every issue. Luke 12:2 says:

“But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.” 

OUR IMPORTANCE TO GOD

Immediately after He issued this warning, Jesus went on to explain to the crowd how valuable they are. He said to them:

“Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:6-7.

CONFESSING OUR BELIEF IN JESUS

Finally, Jesus moves on to the subject of confessing our belief in Him. The Bible has several scriptures on this important topic. Here are a few:

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” - Romans 10:9-10.

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” - 1 John 4:15.

“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;  but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. Luke 12:8-9.

Salvation requires, not only a belief in Jesus, but also a public confession of our belief. As we grow in our knowledge and understanding of all that Jesus has done for us, confessing our belief and devotion to Him should be an easy thing for us to do.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Luke 13, and how God can use a small act of kindness to accomplish great things!   M ay God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen

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Michelle

Can somebody please explain to me what it means to fear the Lord. I don't understand, maybe it's my understanding of fear. I don't want to be afraid of GOD. I'm trying so hard to understand his word and get true meaning out of it, I know it would bring great change in me. Thankyou

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John
Michelle

Hi Michelle,

God is love.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." - 1 John 4:7-8.

However, God does allow us to be tempted by Satan, as He did with Jesus, for our own spiritual growth and development.

God also will discipline those that He loves.

"For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives." - Hebrews 12:6.

Solomon wrote at the end of Ecclesiastes:

"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person."

Because God is a just and righteous God, He will not permit those that choose sin and desires of the flesh over Him to enter heaven. They will be sent to hell forever and will suffer greatly. That is where a healthy respect, or fear, can help us to stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation.

There are two motivations for us to follow God.

1) Positive reinforcement. If we follow God's commandments, we can look forward to spending eternity with God and Jesus in heaven. Heaven will be more beautiful and glorious than our human minds can comprehend.
2) Negative reinforcement. Fear of punishment is a great motivator. Spending eternity in hell should motivate us to make godly decisions.

If we put God first and follow Jesus, we have nothing to worry about. If we do not, we should fear the just consequences of our actions that will be enforced by God.

I hope that helps a little Michelle.

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Michelle
John

Yes thankyou very much. Now I understand

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