Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Recite the Lord’s Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
1. Jesus warns His disciples of accusations the Pharisees are spreading among the crowds of people coming to hear Jesus teach and preach.
2. Despite the efforts of the pharisees, nothing of what they attempt will remain hidden, thus go unpunished.
3. So then, Jesus says that His disciples will spread His word far and wide.
4. Yes, those who oppose the words of Jesus will cause fear, but He says that His disciple are not to be afraid. Afterall, Christians can only lose their lives; they will not be prevented from being in His presence. And these only fear God.
5. Jesus’ followers, though many, are all of value––not one is forgotten––this is the encouragement Jesus gives to all who follow Him.
6. Indeed, all who proclaim Jesus to the world, these will the Son of Man, Jesus Himself, declare as His own.
7. On the other hand, and here is where fear is real, that those who reject Jesus as Lord will be denied salvation.
8. Now then, Jesus goes on to say that those who speak negatively about Himself will be forgiven, but those who speak against the Holy Spirit and His working, cannot be forgiven.
9. Jesus then assures His followers who will suffer for His sake that they have nothing to fear as the Holy Spirit will be present to defend them.