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Typical Characteristics of a Hypocrite
[Some of these passages are statements about hypocrites; some give examples that we can learn from. You may have to read the context, to gain a better understanding of what these passages are saying.]
- What do they do? What do they fail to do?
- What should they do? (Two things, but in a specific order.)
Distorted Values (2 examples)
Note: This event occurred on the Sabbath, a day that was supposed to be set apart for God. Though the day was important, Scripture teaches us that certain things are more important.
- What did they do? What did they condemn?
- According to Jesus, which was more important - the thing they did, or the thing they condemned?
- What did they do? What did they ignore?
- What should they be doing?
- What did Peter do?
- How did Paul respond to it?
Important observation: This verse shows us that it is possible for a saved person to become hypocritical. However, if he is really saved, the hypocrisy won't last. The Holy Spirit influences the conduct of saved people. Such a person will pay attention to the rebuke of Scripture and of other people who point out his sin; and he will repent of his sin. Unlike the unsaved people mentioned in the other verses, hypocrisy will not become the lifestyle of a saved person.
- What are they like on the "outside"? (2 illustrations)
- What are they like on the "inside"? (2 illustrations)
- What should they do? (implied)
Dennis Hinks © 2007
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