Text: 1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NIV)
24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.
Thematic Sentence: Though men see our obvious behavior, what is hidden will also come to light.
I. Introduction: We can tell a lot about a person’s character by what they try to hide.
II. Recognize the Reputation of Conspicuous Behavior: Unmistakably Manifest
A. Notorious for Sin
1. Obvious Sin
2. Obvious Guilt
B. Notorious for Good
III. Depend on the Discovery of Secret Behavior: Eventually Manifest
A. Concealed Sin Becomes Revealed Sin
B. Anonymous Good Becomes Apparent Good
IV. Conclusion: We can be sure no good deed goes unnoticed, and no sin remains hidden. We can trust the faithfulness of God to reward the first, and we can trust the grace of God to cleanse us from the later. Good deeds will not remain hidden, and hidden sin will not go unpunished. We draw comfort from one, and the other should draw us to confession.