Summary: God’s character is that He is light. This light calls all hypocrites to take off their masks and allow the light to reveal the truth.
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Knowing You Have Eternal Life
Calling All Hypocrites.
Christians are hypocrites!
That is an accusation that is regularly stated.
It is an accusation which reflects the reality that, as Christians, we do not live a consistent Christian witness.
Saying that we want to be one sort of person … a Christ follower …
… who is loving and compassionate.
… who has a reign over their tongue.
… who is patient and full of hope.
Yet, in reality, being another person …
… who is quick to judge and lacks empathy.
… who gossips and speaks behind the backs of others.
… who has a short fuse and is full of doubts.
What we want is to follow the footsteps of Christ and be like Him – in actuality there are many times when we follow the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air.
You have heard that description spoken about you. And most times the accusation isn’t spoken by others about you …
… indeed most times you use the word “hypocrite” to describe yourself.
… maybe even quite regularly.
You know what you are like when you think no-one is looking … at least when no other Christians are looking. There are so many inconsistencies. You often lose the battle. Sometimes it is spiritually ugly.
And the thoughts that you think. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul says that we should “captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Not your thoughts. They are running wild completely off any sort of leash.
Sometimes we start to develop different versions of ourselves.
… The Sunday go-to-church version.
… The Monday I’m-at-work version.
… The Wednesday at-Bible Study version.
… The Friday with-my-secular-friends version.
When the Sunday version meets the Friday version, the Sunday version looks to the ground and shakes their head and says … “Hypocrite!”
Do you identify as a hypocrite?
Well today the section from 1 John is for you.
1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
This verse is calling out to all hypocrites.
The word hypocrite, comes from the Greek word “hypokrites” … which literally translated means “an interpreter from underneath.” It was used to describe actors in ancient Greek theatre who wore large masks to show which character they were playing. Actors interpreted the story from underneath their masks.
By extension the word also referred to any person who was wearing a figurative mask and pretending to be someone or something they were not.
Jesus used the word powerfully to expose the actions of the teachers of the law and Pharisees in Matthew 23.
Matthew 23:25, 27
25 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
27 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
Hypocrites wear a mask. In our text John calls out all the mask wearers.
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie (1 John 1:6).
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves (1 John 1:8).
If we claim we have not sinned (1 John 1:10).
Hearing the verses together like this … in English … will quickly give us cause to think “Yep, I am a mask-wearer”.
That may be true.