Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Fellowship with God: The Hypocrite and True Believer

 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.  1 John 1:5-10

A.  The Hypocrite

1.  The Hypocrite who claims fellowship with God

a.  Profession of faith lacking the practice of the faith: 1 John 1:6, James 1:22-24

b.  Presence of self-deception

–  Low views of sin: 1 John 1:

David sees who his sin is ultimately against: Psalm 51:4-6

David sees his sin as a root (nature) problem: Psalm 51:5

David sees the all-pervasiveness of his sin: Psalm 51:1-2

–  Wrong view of self (self-righteousness): 1 John 1:10, Luke 18:9-14

2.  Spiritual voids in the hypocrite

a.  No purposeful obedience to the Word: 1 John 1:6, Luke 6:46-49

b.  No indwelling reservoir of God’s truth guiding life: 1 John 1:8, 1 John 1:10, Col. 3:16-17, John 14:26