There are two different statements Christ made about people confessing him or not confessing Him. In one statement He said, "those who deny Me"--actually outright deny Christ--"I will deny"! (Mt.10:33) In other words, as far as I'm concerned, if they flatly refuse to confess Christ and even deny Him, they're lost!
But He also spoke of another class of people. He said, "Those who are ashamed of Me and My Words in this wicked and adulterous generation, I will be ashamed of them before the Heavenly Father and all the holy angels." (Mk.8:38) God's going to be ashamed of them! Imagine! "Some raised to everlasting shame and contempt! (Da.12:2) Boy oh boy, that's almost as bad as having to go to Hell, to have to live in Heaven and be ashamed of yourself forever!
Can you imagine having to spend Eternity in Heaven with some of those people?--Some of those church people who are saved but who live like Hell and never witness or care about anyone else, who just live for themselves and not for the Lord!--You're almost going to be ashamed to even have them around! They're probably going to be the flunkies and the servants. They're going to have to put in the service for God and His cause up there that they failed to do down here!
They must be like the Children of Israel that He let die out there in the wilderness! They were probably saved, at least they believed in God, but they forfeited and lost all the blessings and all the crowns and all the glory and all the rewards and everything else because of their damnable lack of faith and constant complaining and murmuring and unwillingness to really serve God! Imagine how ashamed God must be of people like that.
But the people who really SERVE Him, like those in that Hall of Fame in the 11th Chapter of Hebrews, all those great men and women of faith, God as good as says that He's proud of them! He's not ashamed to be called their God because they're pilgrims and strangers here and they seek a City whose builder and maker is God!--They're not satisfied with this World, they want something better! These other people, the average so-called Christians today, are satisfied with this World, in fact they're really going to be kind of sorry to leave it!
While WE are strangers and pilgrims HERE, THEY'RE going to be strangers and pilgrims THERE, in HEAVEN! They're not going to feel at home there at all.--I believe it!--Everlasting shame and contempt! What a sentence, what a judgement on those horrible, ungrateful, murmuring, unfaithful Christians!
GOD MUST BE SO DISGUSTED WITH THOSE PEOPLE!--After all He's done for them and all He's given them, even salvation, they're still not thankful enough, not really grateful enough to serve Him! They acknowledge Him with a little thanks, maybe they pray a little when they get in trouble or something, but they're not grateful enough and don't love Him enough to really serve Him!
About all you can say for them is they believe.--Apparently they must have confessed Christ in some way, at least the first time in the church when they joined or whatever, they don't completely deny Him. Because to be ashamed, others must know about it. So apparently they confess Him when they're practically forced to, when they have to let people know they're a Christian, but they're ashamed of that fact and they're ashamed of Jesus and the Name of Jesus, but they don't exactly deny Him.--They're just ashamed.--No wonder He's going to be ashamed of them!
But they'd have to CONFESS in order to be ASHAMED, you get it? They'd have to confess Him, they'd have to begrudgingly admit that they know Christ and are saved and believe, in order to be ashamed of Him. You can't be ashamed of something other people don't know, right? So apparently they confess Him very begrudgingly and reluctantly and ashamedly, because they're ashamed of Him.
(Sarah: Look at the contrast!--When you confess Christ before others, He confesses you before His Father.) In other words, it's like He's proud of you because you're not ashamed to confess Him before others.--He proudly confesses you before all Heaven: "There's one of My loyal faithful servants! There's one of My good soldiers!"
The Lord made that the pattern in His relationship with us! We are the ones who really need Him the most and want Him to come in, right? But the marvellous thing about it is that He also needs us!--He needed a Bride Himself. God Himself said that it is not good for a man to live alone, I will make an helpmeet for him. (Gen.2:18) And when He made Adam and Eve, He was making an helpmeet for Himself too--His Bride.
So God actually NEEDS us and WANTS us and is IN LOVE with us, His Bride! Of course, we need Him the most!--Like in all relationships like that, the woman really needs the man the most. If not sexually, she needs him in a lot of other ways. Usually she needs his support and protection and provision and housing and everything else, which is really the greatest need. Like us in a way: We have the greatest and the most numerous needs, and our fellowship with Him--like the sexual fellowship of a woman with her man--is only one of our many needs, right?
But what does GOD need from US? The thing He really wants the most is that intimate fellowship and love.--Just like a man needs sex from his wife most of all, her loving intimate fellowship. And then he also needs her service--he needs her to keep house and cook for him, etc.--But God actually needs us much less than we need Him.
But He does need us very much for SPIRITUAL SEX! He likes to make love with us with the Word, the Seed, right? He loves to plant His Word in our hearts because it brings forth fruit! But we need all kinds of things from Him: We need housing and food and clothing and protection and health, everything! Our needs are almost innumerable, just exactly like a wife's needs. But the thing He needs from us the most is that intimate fellowship in the Spirit!
And the thing He admires us for the most is being willing to have His BABIES! That's one of the biggest compliments a man can have from a woman. That just absolutely clinches things to a man and is the proof that she really, really loves him!--That she's not just making love with you for the moment just because she's getting a kick out of it, but she would even be glad to have your baby! That's the clincher!
And it's the same with the Lord. What is it about His wife that makes Him the most proud?--That she's willing to bear Him children and have His babies! And what else does a woman do for her husband? She cooks and keeps house for him.--She's in his service as his servant, really, to take care of him. And in a way that's what we do for the House of God: We are His servants taking care of His House, His children. We feed them and clothe them and take care of His babies. So He really is grateful for that and He really admires us for our service.
But what if a woman was ashamed to confess, "This guy's my husband"? How would that make him feel?--We are proud to confess Him as our husband, right? We're proud to let the World know that He's our husband, because we're proud of Him!
All the way through, the Lord made all this to illustrate the spiritual! He's proud of us and He's grateful that we're proud of Him. He admires us and is thankful that we're not ashamed of Him, that we're proud to confess He's our husband. But think how ashamed He must be of His wives that are ashamed of Him and ashamed to confess Him!
They don't serve Him, they don't take care of His house, they don't have His babies, they don't win souls, they don't feed His children, they're absolutely no good for His service!--Like the average Christian! About all He can give them credit for is paying someone else to do their work for them: "Well, I don't like to do Your housework and cooking and bare Your babies, so I'll go out and hire a maid to do it all for You!"
That's exactly what most Christians in these churches are doing: They are hiring the preacher to do THEIR job for them because they don't want to do it themselves! They'd rather pay the preacher any amount of money to do it for them! That's just like God's Wife is hiring a maid to do all the work and even to love her man, make love to Him!--She doesn't even want to do that!
They pay the preacher to do their PREACHING for them, they pay the preacher to do their praying for them, they pay the preacher to do their soul-winning for them and bear their babes for them, they pay the preacher to do the whole thing because they don't want to do it!
God's Wife, as a rule, is more willing to PAY some HANDMAIDEN to do the work instead of doing it herself! Well, about all I can give them credit for is that at least they do recognise Him and they do want His housework to be done, but they just don't want to do it themselves! They'd rather pay someone else to do it! They don't want to have to go to bed with Him or have intimate fellowship or bear His babies.--That's for the preacher to do!--What a simile, huh?
If the Lord ever gave me anything, He gave me that "Old Church, New Church" Prophecy.--The difference in God's Church! They're saved, yes, they believe and confess, but if that's all they do, if that's as far as they go, it's like going to the altar and having the wedding and the marriage ceremony and then saying, "Goodbye!--I'll see you next Sunday!"
God's got two wives, the Old Church and the New Church. He has quite a hassle with the Old Church, trying to get her to do anything for Him!--He has to really push her! But I don't think He has to beg the New Church to do anything He wants her to do, even to go to bed with His friends to try to win them, right? She would do anything for Him! Amen?
(Prophecy:) "Be not as the old Church, which doth wear clothes which are for show and to protect herself from Me, but bare thyself unto Me in humility and in love...For I will have a New Bride, who will love Me and do My will and bear Me children, no longer barren as she (The Old Church) was. For this is My will for this Last Generation! For I rejoice in her, delight in her--this, My New Bride, who hath oiled her lamps burning brightly and who doth lighten this World in its last dark hour.
"Come with Me, therefore, My fair one, and let Me be ravished with thy love, for thou art pleasing in My sight and fairer than the daughters of women, and thy excellency is as the excellency of Hermon (saw snow caps with blue sky and clouds), and thy beauty is as the beauty of Esther, and thy pleasing as the pleasing of Abishag. (1Kg.1:1-4) For she pleases Me. Therefore, have I made her My Queen."--(The New Church, the Children of God!)