What Is Hidden Will Be Revealed
Thursday, December 27th, 2018
“12 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the [a]leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” Luke 12:1-3
It is imperative for God’s elect established in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness to discern the ‘leaven’ of ungodly religion. Luke 12 is the most fascinating portion of Scripture that gives to us an inspired summary of what Jesus said to those who practiced ungodly religion. What was the message that drew people to Jesus? Why did the people hang on to Jesus’ words as they did? Did they hear breezy talks full of the ‘feel good’ factor? Was it full of snippets on how to be happy, how to cope with growing old or how to have a satisfying married life? None at all.
This chapter of 59 verses in Luke 12 has very little ‘feel good’ religion in it. It is principally about the Living God that contains the most stringent ethical teachings, an appeal to the conscience of Jesus’ hearers and pointing to the day of judgment. Jesus had been so severe and relentless in His warnings about ungodly religion.
- Jesus Warns Against Ungodly Religion vs 1
We live in a world full of warnings, don’t we? There are criminals who could take advantage of us, mislead us, steal from us, abuse us and destroy us. Jesus would be foolish if He had told His disciples never to make any judgments at all, to pretend they had not noticed people’s wickedness, to suspend their rational faculties, to refuse to discern between truth and error but simply accept what everybody say. Yet, He made no apologies for His words when He said to His disciples, “be on your guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
Do we heed this warning? God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness must become more discerning and less gullible, to become more mature and not like a little child. Rather, to be on our guard! What is this, ‘the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy?’ It is simply about the ungodly religion they lived. They lived a servile adherence to the letter of the law, insisted others to follow them blindly, emphasis was on form and not substance, on outward appearance and not inward spirit, sought to draw attention to themselves, they shunned the lowly and they use their power and influence to make people as narrow as they were. The particular wickedness of the Pharisees was this, that they themselves didn’t put into practice what they preached to others. This is the leaven of the Pharisees that Jesus doesn’t want God’s elect to develop in their walk with Him which is very subtle and deceiving.
- Jesus Warns That The Lives Of All Men Will Be Evaluated vs 2-3
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What we have said in the dark will be heard in the daytime and what we whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. The Pharisees were hypocrites. They largely succeeded in disguising the state of their hearts from most people but not from the Living God. God is omniscient, One Who knows everything. Nothing escapes God’s notice, nothing can be hidden from Him. God’s knowledge is perfect. God never errs, never changes or never overlooks anything. Eze 11:5 Though God is invisible to us, we are not so to Him. Neither the darkness of night or the deepest dungeon can hide any sinner from the eyes of God. This is why it is important for God’s elect at NCCkl to realize the desperate state of false teachers who display hypocrisy in these last days.
A glimpse of God’s infinite knowledge should fill God’s elect with adoration. God knows us through and through and still He has loved us and reconciled us to Himself through the baptism and death of Jesus. Whom we know on earth who could know every thought and action of our life and still love us perfectly? The enemy of our souls himself, Satan, could tell God nothing that God didn’t already know. We are known and we are loved. God has fixed His great heart upon us and loved us by forgiving all our sins and placed His Spirit within our hearts. How foolish to try to cover up anything from God’s eyes. The Bible says that at the end of history mankind will be judged. On that tremendous day, there will be no slipups, no bribes, no prejudices or no slanted judgments. The sheer truth of all history will be publicly revealed. People will be judged according to whether they were ashamed of Jesus or not, they will be judged as whether they had done good or evil. Compassion, kindness, fairness and others will count for good. The leaven of unbelief, unrepentance, hypocrisy, hard heartedness, meanness, cruelty and dishonesty will be judged as evil. Of course, we are not saved by our good works. We are saved by grace and through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. However, we are judged according to whether our works were consistent with our confession of faith.
Works are the evidence of true faith in our Gospel Truth.
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