“Outside and Inside”
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matthew 23:27-28
These were the Words of the Lord Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders of the times, and His denouncement of them and their HYPOCRITICAL lifestyles. They didn’t practice what they taught. In other words, they had the “Do what I say, and NOT what I do” attitude. On the OUTSIDE they acted RIGHTEOUS and HOLY, but on the INSIDE, they were like whitewashed tombs, which appear BEAUTIFUL on the OUTSIDE, but are FULL of bones and EVERY IMPURITY on the INSIDE. Jesus, told His disciples to “do whatever the scribes and Pharisees tell you and observe it. BUT don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach.”
Now, it’s self-examination time, are you living a HYPOCRITICAL lifestyle? As a TRUE BELIEVER, our WALK MUST match our TALK. Whatever we proclaim as the TRUTH, needs to be the MANDATE that rules our HEART and our BEHAVIOR. Whatever is INSIDE us MUST be REFLECTED in our WORKS. If we are LIVING by the Spirit of the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS God, then we will PRACTICE what we PREACH or PROCLAIM. However, if one PROFESSES to be RIGHTEOUS or a TRUE BELIEVER, yet, does NOT live by their proclamation, they may PROFESS it, but NOT POSSESS it. Thus, they are like the scribes and Pharisees, they are FULL of HYPOCRISY, and should CHECK-OUT their RELATIONSHIP with the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s a little bit different with the UNBELIEVER, or those who KEEP REJECTING, Jesus as their SAVIOR and LORD. They, MORE than NOT, will not PROFESS a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus, mainly because they DON’T POSSESS it. Some will put on an ACT, when around Christians, do to the fact, that they don’t want to be confronted with having to make a choice. They think they are ok just where they are. But let me tell you, if you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are DESTINED to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE. In order to CHANGE your DESTINY, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. And CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS, died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and start LIVING on the OUTSIDE, what you POSSESS on the INSIDE, and receive an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS as your DESTINY. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!