Summary: Christians can delude themselves into thinking that they are, somehow, better than others.
As we study the “Life of Christ” we can make some
observations that are just as true in this day-and-age as they
were during the time of Christ.
1. We see the religious leaders looking
at everyone else and judging them for a
violation of some law that the leaders had
a. They thought themselves so good and
so much above everyone else.
1.) In truth, Christ called them
Matt. 23:27-29 - 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. 29“Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the
prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous.
B. As I did my daily Bible study one day, I began
to make some connections from the book of
Romans, chapter two....with modern observations
1. I Couldn’t help but see a connection between
the examples in the life of Christ and this
a. I could see, again, the connection
between the ones who thought they were
spiritually (religiously?) right and what
Paul was addressing to the Roman
b. But, beyond that...I could also see a
connection with Romans, chapter two...
and us today.
1.) Not to say that this has already
happened, but this whole scenario
could play itself out in today’s
Please bear with me, for I have taken the liberty to
substitute some words in Romans, chapter two.
A. I don’t intend for us to keep these substitutions
in any accurate translation of the Bible.
1. Furthermore, I do not represent them as
words of the Bible.
a. It is only my intention to bring the
mirror of God’s word a little closer
to us than 2,000 years.
I do this so that the sanctimonious and self-righteous
people of today’s Church may see themselves as God sees
A. I do this so that we all may look deeply within
ourselves and purge out any tendencies that would
lead us into this condemning pride.
My second apology is for part of the reference materials
used in demonstrating this link.
A. I am going to be reading out of The Living Bible
which we all know to be a paraphrase.
1. This is not a translation and therefor does not
do justice to the original text.
a. I only use it because of the flow of the
1.) It speaks to us in a conversational
tone and some of the meaning
might be made more clear in this
a.) If you have any problems with
this work, please...follow
along in whatever translation
2. I will also be expanding on The Living Bible
with the New King James translation.
Let us begin and I think that you will readily see the
connection which I am trying to make.
I. “Well,” You may be saying, “what terrible people you
have been talking about!” But wait a minute! You are just
as bad. When you say they are wicked and should be
punished, you are talking about yourselves, for you do
these very same things. And we know that God, in justice,
will punish anyone who does such things as these. Do you
think that God will judge and condemn others for doing
them and overlook you when you do them, too? Don’t you
realize how patient he is being with you? Or don’t you
care? Can’t you see that he has been waiting all this time
without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your
sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.
A. Let us analyze this a bit:
1. Who are the terrible people that Paul has been
a. You see them in chapter one.
l 1.) God haters
12.) Insolent (sassy)
15.) Always thinking up wickedness.
16.) Disobedient to parents
17.) Promise breakers
18.) Confused fools
20.) Without pity
** These Roman Christians must have been looking down
on people like these...especially upon the Gentiles.
1. Paul says that they have no cause to look down
on anyone in pride.
a. He says that they are really looking in the
1.) The wicked things that they detest in
others they do also.
B. Perhaps they didn’t do everything on the list, but
even one of these things was worthy of spiritual
1. We might not do everything on the list.
a. In fact...we pride ourselves that we
aren’t terrible sinners...like murderers.