We've all known or heard of people who have spent many years of their lives dedicated to Christ and the church only to "fall away". We might wonder if they were the type who hears the word and rapidly springs into action only to later be chocked by thorns, or if they were ever saved in the first place. This isn't a "once saved always saved "question.
My question: If God were to reveal to you that you are a vessel of wrath, would you live your life any differently, how? Why or why not?
What would you do if?
ElCodeMonkey wrote:The Pharisees had an appearance of righteousness and people sure looked up to them, but the verse clearly states they "say and do not." They break even their own commandments. So no, they did not refrain from sin. They did the obvious things to appear sinless but they continued in sin on all the things that mattered. Quite clearly it was their behavior that Jesus disagreed with:shnarkle wrote:shnarkle: "Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, THAT OBSERVE AND DO; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not." Sitting in the seat of Moses means that whatever they read from the letter of the law to do you must do, but not from their traditions or interpretations. That is the distinction Jesus is making (and Paul as well).
shnarkle; I think we're essentially saying the same thing. They had an outward appearance of piety while inwardly they were essentially evil. They kept the letter of the law, but only for show.