Text:“Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.” - 1 Timothy 5:24, 25.
This explanatory text establishes the fact that “… all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do”. (Hebrews 4:13) It warns against persistence in wrong doing, and encourages continuance in well doing, whether or not one gets the punishment or blessings now or on resurrection day. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” - Ecclesiastes 12:14.
Those who relish in and continue in evil works just because they are not seen or caught and punished are living in a fool's paradise as God would visit them in due time. King Solomon stated, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil”. Nevertheless, the truth remains that “though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely … it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” – Ecclesiastes 8: 11-13.
St. John charges us thus, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” – 3 John 11.