Authentic vs. Fake
Someone who is transparent is “free from pretense or deceit” (merriam-webster.com).
Nathaniel was transparent. Jesus assessed him as “an Israelite indeed in whom is no deceit!” (John 1:47).
Ironically, the expression “see through someone” is the very opposite of “transparent.”
No one ever fooled Jesus (John 2:24-25). He could see right through pretenders (Matthew 23:27-28).
Sincerity alone is not sufficient. Saul of Tarsus persecuted the church in all good conscience (Acts 23:1; 1 Timothy 1:12-13).
And yet sincerity is an absolute essential if we are to please God. Sincerity plus truth is the winning combination!
Because Saul was sincere, he repented when he learned the truth.
Only then could God use him.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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