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Good Deeds and Hidden Sins

1 Timothy 5:24-25
B7 God does notice our actions
C1 Sinful actions
D1 God knows the heart, the motive, the attitude, as well as the action/deed.
D2 People do not always know all these things. Some are obvious; some are hidden.
E1 Obvious
F1 A public crime.
F2 Known, recorded, and given as evidence at the Great White Throne Judgment. The Great White Throne Judgment is the judgment of all unbelievers. Revelation 20:12-13 NLT I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. (Also see Daniel 7:8-10).
E2 Hidden
F1 This can be a sin that no one knows about, known but covered up, known by a group with secrecy, etc.
G1 Jeremiah 16:17 NIV My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.
G2 People think no one knows, but: Ezekiel 8:12-13 NIV He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.’ ” 13 Again, he said, “You will see them doing things that are even more detestable.”
F2 People hate exposure of their sins, but healing begins with truth, “Yes, Lord, I sinned.” See Psalm 51, etc. John 3:19 NLT And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
D3 Some sins are so obvious that God judges immediately. Genesis 38:8-10 NIV Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” 9 But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. 10 What he did was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death also.
C2 Good actions
D1 The above can be applied to the good. Some good deeds are obvious, and some are hidden.
D2 We don’t HAVE to do good things, but it is a character trait of God that He wants us to do. The idea of sacrifice in this verse is we could have kept what was ours, but we did not. Hebrews 13:16 GW Don’t forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.
D3 A warning not to do good things to receive praise from others. Matthew 6:1 GW Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you.
C3 Isaiah 58:6-7 GNB The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. 7 Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives.
C4 Applications
D1 These are God’s wishes and instructions for elders and the congregation. We must do them. We are God’s servants.
D2 Those members of the congregation who need help, need to receive it first before we give to outsiders.
D3 God knows who is sinning and what they are doing.
D4 Thank God for His mercy and instruction.
C5 Questions:
D1 How do people hide sins?
D2 Why do people think that God does not know about their sins?
D3 Why should we not announce our good deeds?
D4 How can we help those who hide their sins?
1 Timothy 5:24-25
28 July 20
Posted by Choco at 12:24
Labels: Epistle of 1 Timothy, Good deeds, Hidden sins, Obvious sins


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