“But whoever denies me
Will be denied
Before the angels of God.”
ὁ δὲ ἀρνησάμενός με ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἀπαρνηθήσεται ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀγγέλων τοῦ Θεοῦ
Luke indicated that Jesus said that whoever denied him before other people (ὁ δὲ ἀρνησάμενός με ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀνθρώπων), they would be denied before (ἀπαρνηθήσεται ἐνώπιον) the angels of God (τῶν ἀγγέλων τοῦ Θεοῦ). This verse is similar to Matthew, chapter 10:34, indicating a Q source. Matthew indicated that Jesus said that anyone who denied or repudiated him before other men, he was going to deny or repudiate them before his Father in heaven also. Once again, there was a difference between the angels of God and the Father in heaven. Jesus wanted loyalty to him, no matter what the circumstances. If they were loyal here on earth, he would intercede with his Father for them in heaven, as their mediator. Would you ever deny Jesus?