For whoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory…
I. THE CONDUCT WHICH IS HERE CONDEMNED.
1. An evasion or rejection of those truths which are peculiar to the gospel, because they are hostile to carnal reason.
2. The refusal to make those sacrifices which an attachment to the gospel of Christ must induce, on account of their apparent harshness and severity.
3. An abandonment of the public profession of religion, because of the hatred or hostility which it would excite.
II. THE CONSEQUENCES WHICH THIS CONDUCT INVOLVES. Those who have treated the Saviour with evil, shall, at His glorious coming, receive evil in return. As they have rendered to Him, it shall be rendered to them again.
1. As to the grounds on which this doom proceeds, they are such as will fully justify the sentence given.
(1) It is an opposition to the essential principles on which the Divine Governor proceeds in the management of His intelligent creatures. A rejection of the rewards of eternity for those of time.
(2) It is base ingratitude against the arrangements of infinite love. It is taking the sceptre of God's benevolence and dashing it in pieces against His justice.
2. The results which the view of condemnation thus stated should produce.
(1) Engage at once in the service of Christ.
(2) Be not ashamed of the testimony of the Lord.
Parallel VersesKJV: For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.