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A Word to the Hypocrite (7 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
• Turn with me to Romans 2 and we'll read verses 17-29. Today's message is one which can be disturbing, if we embrace the truths contained in the text. Paul has just completed a message on God's judgment being based on knowledge, truth, guilt, deeds, impartiality, motives, and the gospel; and now, he seems to punch away at the hard exterior of the religious lost. Think about those two words, "Religious Lost." He is speaking of those who are religious but are not of the faith; Jesus calls these "hypocrites." Paul's words to the Jews follow the same thought pattern as the words of Jesus. None here want to be perceived or better yet, be one. Let's read our text and hear "A Word to the Hypocrite." (READ TEXT)
• Of all the things which our Lord took issue with, hypocrisy leads the list. Even a cursory study of the life of Jesus reveals that He took serious issue with the life of the hypocrite. And Jesus pointed a few finger at the religious leaders or Pharisees calling them hypocrites. Turn with me to Matthew 23 and follow along (read verses 1-3, 12, 13-16, 23, 25, 27, 29, and conclude with 33). Our Lord Jesus took a dim view of saying one thing and doing otherwise.
• Somehow it is missed today in the American church that the very people Jesus had trouble with was the religious, church going, established, keepers of the religious traditions. It was these "religious teachers" who finally had Jesus crucified. It you ever really studied this issue, it will sober your thought processes.
• In our text today, Paul deals with the Jew, the Pharisee, or better said, "the Hypocrite." They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, and Paul gives us 4 snap shots of this truth.
1. The Definition of the Hypocrite - Verse 17 says it this way, "IF you CALL yourself a Jew..?" Think about that. There is a difference in what we call ourselves and what someone els ...
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