They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. ~ Titus 1:16
Apostle Paul stated in Romans 7:21 that he’d discovered… this principle of life… that sometimes, even when he wanted to do what’s right, he inevitably did what’s wrong. That’s human nature. For we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That’s why we’ve got a Savior, Jesus Christ. But, what about those who speak untruths and deliberately do evil deeds?
Are their minds reprobated… corrupt and worthless? For, they’ve knowledge of God and His commandments. Still, they live fraudulent lives with little desire to please God. They behave dishonestly and selfishly. Sin’s constantly practiced, justified, and acceptable to them. Their minds tarnished against their faith in God. According to Romans 1:28, God rejects reprobates and leave them to their own devices.
As Christians… we don’t read minds and we can’t judge hearts. Do we dare to gauge the state of a person’s thoughts… based on words and works? Compare what’s said to what’s done! Do we attempt to decide if actions reflect the Word of God?
Maybe, it’s important to examine the fruits of a person’s labor and the attributes of faith as affirmed by Jesus in Luke 9:1-27. Since, that might be a way to discern, if someone is who they say that they are. Galatians 5:22-23, speaks of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance… as fruits of the Spirit.
For a reprobated mind rejects the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Timothy 3:1-8), goes so far in rejection and sin that it ignores the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:18-32), and has no hope (2 Timothy 3:8-9). Those with a reprobated mind have no desire to do what’s right. This fervent desire for wrong… distinguishes the reprobate… from those whom Jesus discussed in Matthew 18:22, who sin, repent, and tries to avoid snares.
However, when words and works don’t agree and fruits are constantly corrupt… who can know a person’s desires, but, them and God? Yet, if God rejects them… reprobate silver shall they be called (Jeremiah 6:30).
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.