God’s Spirit and his fruit – holy hypocrites have not once known nor yet tasted how sweet they are
This is Paul’s order: that good works grow out of the Spirit, the Spirit comes by faith, and faith comes by hearing the word of God, when the glad tidings and promises that God has made to us in Christ are preached truly, and received in the ground of the heart.
Of this – God’s Spirit and his fruit – our holy hypocrites have not once known, nor yet tasted how sweet they are, though they invent many good works out of their own imagination, in order to be justified thereby.
In their works there is not one crumb of true faith, or spiritual love, or of inward joy, peace or quietness of conscience, seeing they do not have the word of God for them, that such works please God. But they are even the rotten fruit of a rotten tree.
— William Tyndale, speaking about Romans 5 in his Prologue to the Book of Romans.
Ps Jeff Crippen talks about holy hypocrites and what it means to love your enemies in his sermon The Law Is Spiritual.
He is preaching on Matt 5:38-43 but he also brings in 2 Tim 3:1-5; Psalm 139, 1 Cor 5:11-13 and 1 Corinthians 13.
I urge all our readers to listen to this sermon. It is a tour de force.
William Tyndale’s Prologue to Romans is given on pp 248-59 of the October Testament. The October Testament is Ruth Magnusson Davis’s gentle updating of the NT of the 1537 Matthew Bible.
You can also read William Tyndale’s Prologue to Romans gently updated into modern English by Ruth M Davis here: Prologue to Romans