“I will keep my religion to myself,” says one; if you will not confess The Christ to men then He will renounce you before, in the presence of, God.
Let it always be remembered, that to be renounced by The Christ is to have Him neither for a savior nor for a mediator. Thus there is a fate worse than human persecution; to be repudiated, or renounced, by Jesus Himself before the Father. The “first hearers” of this statement heard, in this statement, a clear declaration from Jesus that He, not God the Father, it the final determiner as to whom will be allowed to enter into and abide in Heaven and who will not. Rejection by humans is temporary; rejection by Jesus is forever.
Fear of men is a self-interested, self-deluding cowardice; fear of God is a healthy response of awe and obedience. The latter is positively commended upon throughout the Bible while the former is condemned by God as well as by men everywhere.
–Pastor Ward Clinton