The Church is Full of Hypocrites
A False Appearance – Part 4
Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12
Key Verse: Matthew 23:3
So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.
As we continue from yesterday’s devotional, we want to look closer to the New Testament definition of sin. James 4:17 is a key verse that helps us understand sin from God’s eyes: “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” Note the word “knows;” it is the key. We can see people do a behavior and claim they are sinning, while God may see the knowledge of that person, determining that they did not sin due to lack of “light” on that behavior. Jesus paid the price for our sin, as far as missing the mark, that all of us do. Now, our only responsibility is to walk in the light that God gives us. Christian growth is all about growing more knowledgeable about how to live in a way that glorifies God. At first, we will say things and do things that, later, God will show us to not do or not say. When we did them, as new Christians, we did not sin in the sense of being held accountable for these behaviors because we had no knowledge. Later, when we were given light on the subject, we then are accountable to live up to that light (knowledge).
Jesus was very clear about the fact that His followers were not to judge one another (Matthew 7:1). The main reason is we are not able to see the hearts of others or the level of knowledge they have about the behaviors we see in them. What may seem obvious to us as sin may not be clear to another believer. Only God is capable of judging people; He, alone, can see the motives and the knowledge of people. The all-important question for each of us is: Are we walking in all the knowledge that God has given us?
Father, I want to walk before you in truth and integrity. I ask for your help for today’s journey. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.