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But the one who has spoken against

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me before men, will be spoken against before the angels of God.


but the one who rejects me before those around him will be rejected (by me) before God.


1: “spoken against”

This word basically means “to speak against;” by implication it is variously translated as, “deny, reject, refuse to agree with, contradict, disown, refuse to accept.”


Jesus was making clear statements about who will be accepted and who will be rejected. These statements follow the Old Testament pattern of focusing on the outward evidence that proves an internal condition. If you speak against God in the hearing of others it must mean you reject God in your heart, for which there are eternal consequences. However, the unspoken but implied truth that accompanies this is that, if you stopped being that kind of person and started agreeing with God and following His ways, would be hope for you. The Law did not provide any such hope, but the many stories of God’s mercy and grace did. Jesus came to show that those stories are true indications of the nature of God. Jesus could have stopped there and it would have been an indictment against the religious leaders who were opposing Him. However, He went on to say one more thing directed at those religious leaders