Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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:
who came to Jesus by night, and said to him, rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher sent from God: for no man can perform the miracles that you do, except God be with him.
have any of the rulers, or of the Pharisees believed on him?
many therefore of the Jews who came to see Mary, and had seen what Jesus had done, believed on him.
after this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but for fear of the Jews a conceal'd one, pray'd Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave: so he went and took the body of Jesus.
They did not
Whosoever therefore shall own me before men, him will I own likewise before my father who is in heaven.
moreover I declare unto you, whoever shall acknowledge me before men, him shall the son of man also own before the angels of God.
for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 John 4:2
by this you may distinguish the spirit of God: "every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is from God.
However, no body talk'd openly in favour of him, for fear of the Jews.
his parents said this, because they were afraid of the Jews: for the Jews had agreed in this, that if any man did own him for the Messias, he should be excommunicated.
they shall expel you out of the synagogues: yea, the time is coming, when it will be thought an agreeable sacrifice to God for any one to take away your lives.
In the mean time Peter was sitting without in the court: and a servant maid came to him, and said, you likewise was one of Jesus the Galilean's comrades.
blessed are you, when men shall hate you, discard you, reproach you, and treat you as infamous, for your attachment to the son of man.
full of joy, that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus.
1 Peter 4:12
My dear brethren, don't be surpriz'd at your being brought as it were to the test of fire; as if some strange thing had happen'd to you.