John describes a sad situation in 12:42 “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess (profess) Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.” Here what we have is a case of believers who were afraid to confess Jesus as Lord and profess that belief. Notice also Matthew 10:32-3, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” That is a truly terrifying thought. For those who confess that they are Christians but are unwilling to profess that faith, Jesus says He will deny them before the Father. Let us never waiver in our willingness to declare His name publicly. Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Remember Revelation 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” As Christians, are we loudly professing, at every opportunity, whether of persecution or in teaching, our faith in Christ?