“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 10:9-11
“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.” – Luke 9:26
Faith in Jesus, by it’s nature, must be spoken. Love, by it’s nature speaks the truth. If you really believe that there is a heaven and a hell as Jesus said, if you believe that He is salvation and resurrection from the death, then you will not fear what man can do, but will openly profess your faith in Him no matter what it cost you.
The Bible says the Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple secretly (according to scripture) for fear of the Pharisees but there came a point in which he had to be willing to publicly express his faith and love for Jesus and in doing so earned a place in history.
Nicodemus came to Jesus by night for the same reason as Joseph, yet there came a point that he had to publicly fight for Jesus among the Pharisees that accused him and earned great reward in heaven for it.
All of the great men and women that we read about in scripture chose to take a public stand for their faith so that others could publicly see a demonstration of God’s grace and believe.
There were many a nameless prophets hiding in caves in Israel from the death sentence set by Jezebel, but only Elijah publicly stood against her, professing faith in God to defeat her wickedness. For it, God used him to publicly demonstrate both His great majesty and His great mercy, and of all the prophets of the day, only his name is remembered by the pages of history and is given a place of honor in God’s eternal Kingdom for truly believing.
Jesus lived a very public life, He preached a public message, in public places. He faced public opposition and spoke public correction. He expressed public love and compassion for the broken and forgotten. He even died a public death to set the stage for a public demonstration of grace that would put the enemy to an open shame and pave the way to stir faith in others unto salvation for all ages when all was completed with a public resurrection.
Other religions are built on public men claiming private revelations from private visitations from God knows what. Ours is built on a public demonstration and the undeniable endorsement of heaven in both word and in action.
Public faith releases a public demonstration of grace that puts the enemy to a public shame and brings public revelation of the truth to those who have been kept in the dark for far too long. God seeks partners to covenant with Him, to count the cost and pick up their cross and follow after Him so that He can use them to publicly demonstrate faith, so that He can publicly make His grace real to the people again. Unbelief runs rampant where there is no public profession to counter it and no public demonstration to shatter it.
“Lord use me. Light me ablaze for all to see. Shine the light of your truth through me, that others might come to believe the testimony of the blood of Jesus and all that it brings us by seeing it publicly demonstrated through us, just like You taught us. Lord, use us for Your glory.”
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” – 1 Corinthians 9:16
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-2
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” – 1 Peter 3:14-18
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 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.” – Luke 9:23-26