Those who believe in the Jesus Christ as their Savior are given his Holy Spirit to indwell in them. In other words, a believer is possessed by the Holy Spirit of God (Romans 8:9). John 12:42-43 states that there were some chief rulers in the day of Jesus who believed in him (possessed him), but abstained from confessing (professing their faith in) him, because they feared that the people in power (Pharisees) and feared that their position in the synagogues would be lost. They sought the praise of men over the praise of God. To possess the Lord Jesus Christ (or should I say, let the Lord possess us) and not profess him is an expression of timidity.
On that same note however, when we profess the Name of Jesus Christ, let us also practice what we preach. For faith (possession) without works (practice) is dead and professing without practicing is hypocrisy and in essence a denial of the Lord (Titus 1:16). This is one of the main reasons, that the world has a problem with those who claim to be followers of Christ but act as if they weren’t. One of my good friends, once told me, “It is not Christ (Jesus) that I have a problem with; but it is the Christians.” Preaching the love of Christ and not loving our enemies or praying for those who persecute us (and I must admit, it is hard to do those without the Power of the Holy Spirit) is hypocrisy. So when we profess with our lips, let us make sure that we practice, lest we profane the Name of God by our lives.
Points to ponder:
Believers, when we are asked to shut up (and not profess) the name of Jesus Christ, let us recognize that we are to be God pleasers and not men pleasers (Ephesians 6:6; Galatians 1:10) and that Jesus promised to be with us, even unto the ends of the world. We are not given a spirit of timidity, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Let us not be afraid of the people in power or of losing our position. Let us seek the praise of God and not of men.
And in pleasing God as we profess the Love and Name of Jesus Christ, let us not merely render lip service to God but a life service, in which we practice what we preach.
Do you possess the Lord Jesus Christ? In other words, have you believed and received him?
If we do possess Jesus Christ, are we professing him without fear, in faith?
If we are professing him, are we also practicing what we profess of Jesus Christ?
Possession without Profession is Timidity.
Profession without Practice is Hypocrisy.
So when we Possess (the Lord Jesus Christ), we must Profess (the Lord Jesus Christ) AND Practice what we Profess.
Romans 8:9 (KJV)
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
John 12:42-43 (KJV)
42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Titus 1:16 (KJV)
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Galatians 1:10 (KJV)
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.