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Hypocrite

Romans 2:17–24 (NKJV)
17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. 21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.
HYPOCRISY Pretense to being what one really is not, especially the pretense of being a better person than one really is.
In the Bible it is Often hypocrisy refers to evil or sin in general, not pretense in particular
We’re going to talk Today about hypocrisy,
and what God thinks about hypocrisy,
and what we need to think and learn about hypocrisy.
There are so many people that are religious but lost.
They do not have reality.
Now, our Lord here is speaking about hypocrites.
Now, what is a hypocrite? He says, “Don’t be like the hypocrites.” (Matthew 6:5)
Matthew 6:5 NKJV
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
Well, the word hypocrite literally means “actor”—“actor; an actor in a play.”
That’s what the word hupokrites means in the Greek language.
Jesus said, “Don’t be an actor.
Don’t be putting on a performance.”
He says that the hypocrites do what they do to be seen of men.
Notice in verse 5: And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.
Matthew 6:5) The word seen there, in verse 1, is the word theaomai, the word we get our word theater from.
So, He says, “Don’t be actors playing the theater.
Be real.”
Now, we have so many people who go to church, and Satan one day would like to give them an award, his Academy Award,
because he has many who are hypocrites in this world.
As a matter of fact, just turn over to chapter 7 and look, if you will, in verse 15.
Matthew 7:15 NKJV
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Our Lord continues this theme for a long time, and our Lord says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
(Matthew 7:15) These are the people that, outside, they are one thing and inside, they are something else.
And then, go on over to Matthew 23—Jesus keeps on saying this thing—Matthew 23,
Matthew 23:27–28 NKJV
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
verse 27 and 28: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”—actors—“for ye are like unto whited Tomb”
the Jews, they did not want to touch the dead.
They would be ceremonially unclean.
And so, they would not only bury their dead in these graves, these sepulchers,
but they would take whitewash and wash these tombs until they would be gleaming in the sun.
And, the reason they would whitewash them is that they would stand out so the people could stay away from them.
And so, the whitewash on the outside was a warning: “Stay away!” But, they would gleam in the sun, and they would literally, though they would be sepulchers, or graves, be beautiful.
So, He says, “Outside, they’re like whited sepulchers”—
“which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness”
there would be the stench and the rottenness of decay on the inside. And then, He said to these Pharisees—
“Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy”—there’s our word again—“and iniquity.” (Matthew 23:27–28)
Matthew 23:27–28 NKJV
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Now, a hypocrite is not a person who is merely failing to live a Christian life.
I fail.
You fail.
We all fail.
That does not mean we’re hypocrites.
When we make mistakes, stumble, fall, slip, sin, do whatever we do, that doesn’t mean we’re hypocrites.
It may mean that we’re carnal.
It may mean that we have been ambushed by the devil.
It may mean many things.
But, that’s not what our Lord here is talking about.
Our Lord is not talking about an out-and-out sinner who refuses Christ and the gospel.
What our Lord is talking about is a phony person,
a person who has a lot in the showcase but he doesn’t have much in the warehouse.
Jesus reserved His most severe language for the hypocrite.
Jesus literally had words of compassion for people taken in sin—out-and-out sinners.
the sinners, Jesus ate with them, He loved them, He fellow shipped with them, not because He approved of their sin, but He was a friend of sinners.
I’m glad He was and is, aren’t you?
You’d better be, because you’d be a mess without it because you’re a sinner.
Jesus is a friend of sinners.
But, His most severe words were for the hypocrites, those who were phony.
We hear a lot today in the news about not casting stones.
You know, Jesus said, “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7)
John 8:7 NKJV
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
To whom was He speaking?
Jesus said to this woman who had been taken in adultery—she was just a pure, raw sinner, and Jesus warned her about her sin.
She’d turned from her sin to the Messiah—Jesus said, “Go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
John 8:11 NKJV
11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
He didn’t say, “There, there. Just keep on sinning.” No, here was a fallen woman.
She needed compassion.
She needed love, and Jesus came to her and forgave her.
And, Jesus turned to those other people, those religious leaders standing there with stones in their hand and hatred in their heart, and malice and sin, and full of dead men’s bones on the inside, practicing sin and still wearing the garb of religion, rotten on the inside—He said, “Let the one of you who is without sin cast the first stone.”
John 8:7 NKJV
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
He didn’t say, “The one who’s never sinned cast the first stone.” He’s not saying that judgment is not needed when it is appropriate.
He’s not saying that mercy is not to be given when it is needed.
What He is saying is this:
that these people are full of rottenness and sin and filth and debauchery on the inside, but on the outside these wolves are wearing sheep’s clothing.
These were the ones that Jesus condemned so much.
That woman on the ground was just a pure, raw sinner, and she needed mercy.
She wasn’t somebody who pretended to be righteous.
Had she pretended to be righteous when she was not, Jesus would not have said, “I forgive you.
Go, and sin no more,” until she repented and got right with God.
She wasn’t the kind that walked out of church on Sunday morning carrying a big black Bible and then went to commit adultery on Sunday afternoon.
She wasn’t that kind, no.
A sinner is a sinner is a sinner that needs the mercy of God.
A hypocrite is a person who has a heart full of sin, and, having a heart full of sin, is at the same time, while practicing sin, trying to condemn other people.
Jesus has His most severe words for these kinds of people.
Now, they’re play actors.
They have form without force. Everything is in the show window. But, they don’t have reality.
1: Resting on the law
2: Knowing His Will
3. Being A instructor of the Law
teachers of the law
the teachers of the law were in conflict with Jesus Christ and the apostles,
who taught with authority and condemned the outward religious acts that the teachers had fostered.
Turn to John And read
John 3:10–11 NKJV
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
4. Boasting In the Law
You see they knew the law
They preached the Law
But didn't live it.
Which ends up in hypocrisy
So what is Hypocrisy
An outward pretence masking an inner reality.
Scripture condemns hypocrisy, especially in matters of faith.
Believers should express their commitment to God in their words and their deeds, as well as in their inner motivation.
Scriptures to show it
Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Hosea 10:2 NKJV
2 Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.
Mark 7:21–22 NKJV
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
Matthew 15:19 NKJV
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
When deeds do not match words
Isaiah 29:13 NKJV
13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
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