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Living without Hypocrisy; Having a Sincere Life
[Some of these passages describe how to live without hypocrisy; 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.]
In many of these passages, you will find the word "sincere," which is a translation of a New Testament Greek word that means "un-hypocritical."
What must we do with hypocrisy?
Since these people were not fakes, they desired to obey the truth (God's Word), so that they could become pure in the way they lived (1:22). In 1 Peter, the apostle is teaching them some of the truth that they will want to follow.
The Nature of Our Love
Once we have the right type of love, we will be able to obey the command to love each other deeply (the end of v. 22). This is how a genuine "born again" person (v. 23) will live.
The rest of chapter 12 shows us how to do this.
Those who are hypocrites or who openly reject God's Word will hate you because of the good you do. They might make life difficult (read about Paul's life - 2 Corinthians 6:4-10), but the greatness of following Jesus is worth the difficulties we may face.
The Nature of Our Faith ("Faith" refers to our trust in God and his Word.)
Many people have a fake faith; but not Timothy. We should follow his example.
The Nature of Our Wisdom
Read verses 14-16 to find out about the fake "wisdom" that comes from the devil.
Dennis Hinks © 2007
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