Honest Hypocrites? John 7:19-24

Text:  Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples (you and I today!), saying, The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses seat (of authority); all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.
Matthew 23:1-3.

Good morning, honest Christian hypocrite!  Self-righteousness has no place in your life!  Self-honesty overrules any notion of personal holiness - outside the imputed righteousness and holiness of our gracious and Holy Lord God. 

Praise God for the Christian that fully realizes our total inability to be righteous and holy in the natural state.  Praise God for the depth of Christian honesty that openly admits our imperfections!  Thank the Lord God for granting us this clear vision of all within us that falls short of His glory!

“…For there is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Christs absolute and perfect righteousness)…”  (Romans 3:22-23)

As it is written, There is none righteous, no not onethere is none that doeth good, no, not one.  (Romans 3:10-12)

All honest Christians realise that we are in fact honest hypocrites!

On the authority of Gods infallible Word quoted above, there are no exceptions to this fact.  All honest Christians are sincere hypocrites - and I am clearly a hypocrite too! Praise God for honest hypocrites like you and me!

We sinners can never be truly saved until we first realise we are totally lost!

In what manner can Christians like you and I be defined as honest hypocrites?  Think about it, my dear friend, think about it and gain wisdom.  Christ in todays Scripture selection is teaching a most valuable lesson to His people.  Moses, at Gods direction, gave us the Law - the Ten Commandments.  (Exodus 20:1-17)

However, it is only mature Christians that fully realise that the Law - the Ten Commandments given - were given for one main purpose.  The Commandments were given to fallen mankind to show us that we could never ever keep them!  There has never been any person - apart from the Christ Himself - that was ever capable of keeping the Ten Commandments, fact!

IF the Ten Commandments could be perfectly obeyed by just one person - then Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God, would not have had to go to the Cross for us. Christ only came to save sinners.  Praise His Holy Name!

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  (1 Timothy 1:15)

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was LOST.  (Luke 19:10)

Therefore, it is plain to see that, if we do not realise we are totally lost, then we will never ever seek to be saved; we will perish in our sins and iniquities.

The Ten Commandments from God have been broken by every natural man and woman who ever lived.  Furthermore, if we have ever broken even one Commandment, in the eyes of God, we have broken them all. Thats a fact!

For whosoever shall keep the whole Law (the Ten Commandments), and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  (James 2:10)

As it is written, There is none righteous, no not oneThere is none that doeth good, no, not one.  (Romans 3:10-12)

Okay, so we have proven from Scriptures that we are all law-breakers, but are we also Christian hypocrites?  Yes, we are.  We are indeed, my friend.

The most sincere Christians that ever walked on two feet have been, are, and always shall be Christian hypocrites.  Now, thats telling it like it is, what?

We are Christian if we are Spiritually regenerated, born again by God the Holy Ghost, by grace through faith; trusting only in the Atonement Sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the Cross at Calvary.  Thats how we are Christians.

We are hypocrites because each of us, the most sincere of us, and especially the most honest of us, all preach, teach, and maintain a PERFECT standard of Christian principle, yet are - in our natural every day state - totally unable to keep that standard of Christ-like PERFECTION in our practice.  We are, in fact, Christian hypocrites.  Yet, praise God, the Lord accepts us as perfect in His Son Christ Jesus.  We are ‘…made perfect…’ in Christ Jesus.

Thought:  Vile sinners are made saints when hidden in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!

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