Summary: It is not our job to judge.
Based on Francis Frangipane’s Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God
A Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt 11:29 (KJV)Voice of creation describing Himself as meek and lowly.
1 Holiness doesn’t happen outside of humility.
2 Holiness is a product of grace, & grace only comes to the humble.
B Jesus didn’t condemn sinners, but He did condemn hypocrites.
1 Defining hypocrisy is difficult, but we’re going to go with the definition of anyone who excuses his/her own sins while condemning the sins of another.
a “Two-faced” doesn’t quite get it, because we all struggle with single-mindedness at times.
b A hypocrite refuses to admit that (s)he is at times two-faced, therefore pretending to have a righteousness that (s)he fails to live.
2 Hypocrites usually don’t think they’re hypocrites (immature believers fail to realize they’re immature, because they’re immature).
a Because they don’t see their own corruption, sin, they don’t seek God’s mercy.
aa Why should I seek God’s mercy when I’ve done nothing wrong?
bb Not under mercy, always under judgment, so judging is what comes through him/her.
b We can’t be hypocrites & be holy.
aa The first step to being holy/sanctified is to admit we’re not as holy as we’d like to appear.
bb Called humility
C You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.1 Peter 5:5 (NASB)
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6 (NASB)
1 God resists/opposes the proud, but comes running to show grace to the humble.
a Humility is when we see our lowliness, low estate, that we’ve missed the mark.
aa Humility brings grace to our need, & grace alone can change our hearts.
bb Humility is the substructure of transformation.
b If we’re not humble, we’re not of any good to God.
2 At times in our life we are all faced with impurities in our heart.
a The Holy Spirit reveals our sinfulness not just to condemn us/make us feel rotten, but to...
aa Establish humility in us
bb Deepen the fact that we need God’s grace.
b The Holy Spirit constructs a crossroad, point of decision.
aa Saints & hypocrites both breed at this spot.
bb Admit sin/brokenness/flaw/faults & seek deliverance, become holy.
cc A hypocrites sees his/her sin & makes excuses. Sin remains & they hide the true condition of their heart.
c Sanctification/holiness doesn’t begin with rules & laws, but rather with the forsaking of self-pride, & humility gives birth to holiness.
3 If we as Christians do not fully grasp the depravity of our old nature, we run the risk of being “Christian Pharisees” (hypocrites, full of contempt & self-righteousness).
a And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt...Luke 18:9 (NASB) Jesus warned about those guys!