How are we shaping up as replicas of Jesus – 1 Peter 2:21?
God sees if we ‘fiddle the books’ for our benefit. Don’t stretch the truth by exaggeration, to give a good impression. If it isn’t the truth it’s a lie. We might be able to bluff people while on earth but in Heaven the truth will be revealed and by His standard, we will be held accountable. A hypocrite gives the impression of something they are not. Jesus is an accurate representation of God (Heb 1:3).
Have a correct appraisal of yourself – neither too low nor too high (Rom 12:3). Living with Christ and what He has done for you, things come into true perspective. We of ourselves can do nothing of eternal worth without His enabling (Zech 4:6; Jn 5:19,30, 8:28).
Luke thoroughly investigated all the facts before writing the book that carries his name (Lk 1:3). An extremely high degree of accuracy is revealed in the copying and preservation of the sacred manuscripts that comprise the Bible and coupled with the internal and external tests supported through a variety of fields of study, that are applied to any historical work its trustworthiness is unmatched.
Apollos, a NT preacher accurately communicated the truth as he knew it. However, this was not the complete picture and a godly couple explained the fuller message of salvation to him, enabling him to "prove from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ" (Act 18:24-28). We should carefully check out our beliefs to ensure they are based on fact and the reliable foundation of the Word of God, not the futile traditions of man.