… Be modest in other things. It is impartial; it is universal. 1 a And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 1. And there are many who put such devices on the window, through which the light of their characters shines, that no beholder is ever moved to think of God. 0 Curling, M. A.I. CHRISTIANS ARE THE BEARERS OF THIS LIGHT INTO ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD. (2)As in their life and labour they exhibit Christ.II. H. The next thing to do with a lamp is to set it where it may be seen and give light.3. , D. D.)Christian example leads to the discovery of Christian sympathyWhen the English minstrel went to seek for his master of the Lion Heart, he played everywhere the monarch's favourite tune, and was at length rewarded by hearing its notes sent feebly back to him from the prison wherein Richard was confined. x�b```"YV�Ho ��e9n0�d`Xʀ�;]#gLR�/-��?,�(������T�,�$ �J�� 4. A.)I. D. Fraser.Persons who are not averse to make all the show they can in social life are wonderfully sensitive about any disclosure of spiritual conviction or feeling.(Dr. M. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. How does the matter stand between our profession and our conduct?(W. By the character which we form.3. And since its dawn, even those bright things that were proposed as substitutes for it, this light has seized and made handmaids to it. Let it not be so with us. Both statements are true. Now, similarly, Christ is the hidden source and centre of the world's enlightenment; but Christians, united to Him by the spiritual tubing of faith, draw off from Him that influence by which they are enabled, each in his own place and in his own measure, to dispel some portion of the darkness by which they are surrounded.(W. THE DUTY OF CHRISTIANS TO EXHIBIT THEIR LIGHT IN A GODLY CONVERSATION. WHY SHINE. So in us there should be nothing of evil to draw away men's eyes from the light and fix them upon our imperfections. But I Say to You, Love Your Enemies, Part 2. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. That is all you and I have to do — tend the light, and do not like cowards cover it up. Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. So we may feast our eyes upon a paradise of flowers, and get much of heaven out of it, but the moment we venture to say, "Who did this — where is he? A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. Fraser, D. D.If he persists in this selfishness, his penalty is sure. This obligation of giving light is still further enforced by the thought that THAT WAS CHRIST'S VERY PURPOSE IN ALL THAT HE HAS DONE WITH US AND FOR US. The true disciple's POSITION and calling. Curling, M. CHRISTIAN PROFESSING. On the contrary, many advantages may arise to the cause of religion from the exhibition of piety. By so doing will engage them in some serious reflections upon the Christian religion.II. There is a right way of shedding light.3. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. God is glorified by our repentance — faith — charity.(H. But so soon as a man becomes connected with Christ and His Church, the light that is within him will be sure to make manifest his inconsistencies to all around.God, not self, the end of Christian exampleW. THE MEANS BY WHICH THIS WITNESS-BEARING MAY BE THE MOST EFFECTUALLY DONE. It is the light of Christianity that solves the deepest questions and answers the most anxious inquiries of mankind. The city is lit by lamps, and yet it is the gas that lightens it. Sermons. There must be nothing to mar the brilliancy of the light. If the light which you let shine in your profession be the true light, there will be good works to be seen. ", 3. Let our song be like that of the skylark, as he rises with dewy breast from his lowly earth-couch, singing as he soars, until, unseen in the deep blue above, he rains a shower of melody on the listening earth. Soul-justifying Saviour. The Sermon On The Mount: Salt And Light. Every man influences all about him, and receives influences from them, and if there be not more exports than imports, he is a poor creature at the mercy of circumstances.(A. Matthew 5:16. Not to be seen of men. A reproducer of this light.3. A Christian that hums with holy love to God cannot be-unnoticed.II. , D. D.I. And yet He is pleased to say that our sins dishonour Him, and that our obedience glorifies Him. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. Matthew 5:16, ESV: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." When you break it down, it’s a three-part series, let the light shine, do good works, bring God glory! A separating work.3. )Christ shines into the world through the lives of His peopleW. We are naturally inclined to imitation.6. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. Taylor. You may have a window all covered with dust, and spun over with the cobwebs of spiders, that have not been disturbed for years, and the passer-by, in the darkness, will take no note of its impurity. )Christian example not transientBe not a flashing meteor, exciting transitory curiosity with thy blaze of profession.Men more ready to shine socially than morallyDr. )Christian example not transientBe not a flashing meteor, exciting transitory curiosity with thy blaze of profession.Men more ready to shine socially than morallyDr. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. Not to be seen of men. 3-10):III. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. Let it not be so with us. )Spiritual modestyG. M. Taylor.Do you ever pause to think out how it is that our streets are nightly lighted up? As a servant he will be obedient.9. If you are not warming the world, the world is freezing you. Cooper.I. So we may feast our eyes upon a paradise of flowers, and get much of heaven out of it, but the moment we venture to say, "Who did this — where is he? Goode, M. A.of the world. 1. Not to let our works be seen when they ought to be seen would be to desert our Lord. 3. It is the most successful method of reproving wrong-doing.V. In like manner, if wherever you go you would sound out the music of your Christian experience, other hearts would respond to the melody, and your joy would be redoubled.Christian example must be free from inconsistencyThe visitor to a lighthouse is struck with the perfect cleanness of everything about the lantern or the lamps. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. Maclaren, D. D.)Missionaries the lightF. Parker.It is thus that his own sun works daily in the heavens: who dares look at the sun when he so shines as to fill the earth with all the beauty of summer? There are some germs of truth, even in dark heathen systems, and these the light of Christ is sure to quicken. This is to be done by the position we take up. If you are not warming the world, the world is freezing you. �Cu��{���PE�*�KN3P���;0��2�~���JR��*Ii��‘�������U���8��%����(�:�" ������a��!�9�2 �(�Y�f]a:��<7��Sk&k���i�����'�{�k�����i;s����Ws*=3~���8ٖ��+�=�/��&c���.v�wK��|�p����P�N�������B����공�)6���9� Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. The first thing to be done with a lamp is to light it. EXPLAIN THE SYMBOL.1. Hughes, M. APPLY THIS TRUTH TO THE CASE BEFORE US.1. III. The impressions which a Church makes on the moral consciousness of the community in which it byes is a fair test of its life and power.(H. The true disciple's POSITION and calling. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. , D. D.I. THEIR DUTY. 0000005012 00000 n Men may see God through our works. II. Cut the current and the electric light dies, slacken the engine and the electric are becomes dim, quicken it and it burns bright.(A. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will be a sure means of recommending them to the favour and esteem, love and friendship, of unbelievers; and consequently a sure means of gaining opportunities of conversing familiarly with them, insinuating truth into them, and making them willing and easy to receive it.IV. )Hidden light diesD. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. The hatred of men, the esteem and love of men, the unspeakable blessedness of seeing others led by our influence to worship God (ver. It is the most successful method of reproving wrong-doing.V. This holy light possesses a peculiar character, which the light of mere science, literature, or secular knowledge has not and cannot have. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. Wythe. Homer calls it Divine; the substance clear to the gods; spoke of it as the emblem of righteousness, and our common phraseology, following the Greek and Latin writers, has chosen it as the symbol of wit and wisdom, of all that gives grace to speech, refinement to thought, … 1. )Christ shines into the world through the lives of His peopleW. We should avoid all self-display.(W. As a son he will show the excellence of his principles.7. Be consistent.4. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will be a sure means of recommending them to the favour and esteem, love and friendship, of unbelievers; and consequently a sure means of gaining opportunities of conversing familiarly with them, insinuating truth into them, and making them willing and easy to receive it. This light discloses God, the way to heaven, etc. All earnest Christian conviction will demand expression; and all deep experience of the purifying power of Christ upon character will show itself in conduct.III. )The CandleC. The best style in writing is that which gives the thought with such transparency that the reader sees nothing else; and that is the noblest Christian character which shows the most of Christ. III. M. These rules will aid spiritual modesty.(G. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: houtos lampsatoo to phos humon emprosthen ton anthropon, hopos idosin humon ta kala erga kai doxasosin ton patera humon ton en tois ouranois. )Christians must be receptive of lightS. Maclaren, D. D. A good man or woman reveals the ugliness of evil by showing the beauty of holiness.(A. Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. The light that is in him will wax dim and incur great risk of going out, because it is shut up, and not set to burn on the lamp-stand,where the fresh air may reach and feed the flame.(D. It attracts attention.IV. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. In like manner, if wherever you go you would sound out the music of your Christian experience, other hearts would respond to the melody, and your joy would be redoubled.Christian example must be free from inconsistencyThe visitor to a lighthouse is struck with the perfect cleanness of everything about the lantern or the lamps. 3-10):III. A. Both statements are true. H. These were " burning and shining lights " in the darkness; these displayed the glory of the Saviour's love and power to save, in the very midst of Satan's empire.(F. Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. A Faithful Version. A. The lowest requirement of Christian consistency is the absence of every evil work — the least immorality vitiates the entire profession. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. We are naturally inclined to imitation. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. That is all you and I have to do — tend the light, and do not like cowards cover it up. This implies that the true light has been kindled in us. It is a demonstration of the practicability of religious life, as well as the truthfulness of Christianity, and the most successful method of removing objections to it.III. said the keeper, "go out, sir? II. You cannot see them, but there are ships passing and repassing there to every point of the compass. Three things are necessary to render a work good. This will be the result of Christian consistency. 4. That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist.III. Let our song be like that of the skylark, as he rises with dewy breast from his lowly earth-couch, singing as he soars, until, unseen in the deep blue above, he rains a shower of melody on the listening earth. Irreligion is artificial.II. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. They will recognize the truth and Divinity of Christ's religion, and many will be thus led to embrace it for themselves. And so the text seems to offer the antidote to its own difficulty. 6. )LinksMatthew 5:16 NIVMatthew 5:16 NLTMatthew 5:16 ESVMatthew 5:16 NASBMatthew 5:16 KJVMatthew 5:16 Bible AppsMatthew 5:16 ParallelMatthew 5:16 Biblia ParalelaMatthew 5:16 Chinese BibleMatthew 5:16 French BibleMatthew 5:16 German BibleMatthew 5:16 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)From love to God(3)with a view to His glory.2. We turn our eyes up to him and he rebukes us with darts of fire; he says, "Look down, not up: look at the works, not the worker." "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." Men are affected by what they see.(W. As a neighbour he must be accommodating. The test of discipleship.2. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. In the same way the evil deeds of open and avowed unbelievers are taken no notice of by the world, for there is no light behind them. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will so powerfully represent to unbelievers the reasonableness and excellency of the Christian religion, as well as the usefulness and advantage of it, towards the present and future happiness and well-being of mankind, that they will be led to examine into the grounds of it. Macdonald : Matthew 5:13-16: Sermon on the Mount: 2. D. Fraser.Persons who are not averse to make all the show they can in social life are wonderfully sensitive about any disclosure of spiritual conviction or feeling.(Dr. That religion, if it exists, cannot be concealed. It may appear from this that secrecy is necessary to prayer and almsgiving; but that it is not the lesson inculcated, is evident from the tenor of Scripture. Barnes. We should get rid of that undue reserve which keeps the real character from being as powerful an influence for good as otherwise it might be.2. If the light which you let shine in your profession be the true light, there will be good works to be seen. .�X���S�P�����Bup�h�?q��Ie �0͏�[3�M q�@�#:�yס�@t���$Fvq���=�~8���y�q�Θ��v��u�Y��އ\�ambp��/c;{�3�`���G�3��Bs_ �uS�CYa3��)���&N������:�6L�X��'�� �=�p�'�qڜ�7�F��M�$8�WO�_n��_�\�L��qX� ��x�Ј���֒ A reflector of spiritual light.2. Both of these substances are valuable and both are useful. The Church's responsibility. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. Slocombe.1. Let Christ be all and in all. Do not fear that you incur any danger of ostentation in performing visibly such religious observances as your parents or teachers direct.2. This obligation of giving light is still further enforced by the thought that THAT WAS CHRIST'S VERY PURPOSE IN ALL THAT HE HAS DONE WITH US AND FOR US. Goode, M. A.of the world. It visits poor and rich. He said: Their song, like that of the cuckoo, is a constant repetition of their own name, and the listener is wearied with its iteration. Slocombe. The reproof of ostentation does not apply when the motive is already good. Just as the glorious orb of day, prying into the recesses of rocks and valleys, receives from the glassy lake and the limpid stream, and from every bright object, beautiful reflections of himself, though nothing could be seen at all without his own light; so God, contemplating the race of man, though he finds among us nothing but what He Himself enables us to exhibit, discovers in every heart that is faithful, in every heart that is pure, in every heart that is holy, merciful, and kind, beautiful representations of His own sublime perfections, and these He is pleased to call glorifications of Himself, though they are made so only by His own gracious acceptation.(H. J. Wilmot Buxton.)I. The QUALIFICATIONS needed by Christ's disciples for a right discharge of the duties of their position and calling (vers. Maclaren, D. D.)Missionaries the lightF. Both statements are true. A. The SHINING.(C. By the exertions which we make for the conversion of our fellow men. II. The city is lit by lamps, and yet it is the gas that lightens it. Let the separate deeds be hidden, according to the precept of the sixth chapter; let the general design of goodness be known, according to the text. THEIR MOTIVE.1. The gas would be unavailable without the lamps; the lamps would be useless without the gas. A contrast to the gloom — of a principle, the antagonist of this moral darkness. Fraser. Let the separate deeds be hidden, according to the precept of the sixth chapter; let the general design of goodness be known, according to the text. Fraser, D. D., D. Fraser, D. D.(D. Fraser, D. D.)The figure of the house-lamp suggests domestic Christianity; that of the conspicuous city the more public and collective duty of Christians.(D. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. Influence of Christians: Salt and Light, The Missionary Power Of Christ's Disciples, The Church of Christ the light of the world. of 5:16, Jesus says that our good works are to be done so that men will glorify your Father in heaven. Jesus preaches the Sermon on the Mount—Its teachings replace and transcend some aspects of the law of Moses—All are commanded to be perfect like their Father in Heaven. Maclaren, D. D.ou. Let Christ be all and in all. M. Taylor.Do you ever pause to think out how it is that our streets are nightly lighted up? Maclaren, D. D.I. Men are affected by what they see.(W. Wythe. 0000000016 00000 n Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. , D. D. Christian example leads to the discovery of Christian sympathy, Christian example must be free from inconsistency, God, not self, the end of Christian example, Christ shines into the world through the lives of His people, Men more ready to shine socially than morally, Th,e light to reveal the work, not the worker, The purity of example the primary care of the Christian. Rees. Matthew 5. Were the light to go out from my inattention, in six months news would arrive from every part of the coast, that such ships and crews were lost through my neglect! And since its dawn, even those bright things that were proposed as substitutes for it, this light has seized and made handmaids to it. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. There must be a proper control of the temper. II. It is the most successful method of reproving wrong-doing. I. Moberley, D. C. L.What are the limits of lawful showing of our deeds, so that we may not break the law which bids us be secret?1. Not only the honour but the progress of religion depend upon your examples. It is possible for good men to smother and shroud their light. Habitual holiness is required. A personal work to every man who is the subject of it. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:14-16 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "YE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD" I. 3, 8, 12; Revelation 21:10). The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. , D. D.I. A great central storehouse of coal-gas is accumulated, and with that all the lamps are connected by a hidden system of pipes, so that each is supplied with the necessary quantity; and, as the result, we can thread our way through the intricate places of the city as easily, if not as safely, by night as by day. (2)From love to God(3)with a view to His glory.2. There has been great difficulty in the way of securing the division of the electric light. Let Christ be all and in all. The gas would be unavailable without the lamps; the lamps would be useless without the gas. Hughes, M. A.I. It matters not though we be unseen, if but the light be clear; for then we are fulfilling the command.(W. Both statements are true. )Spiritual modestyG. The reproof of ostentation does not apply when the motive is already good. ", (1)As in their own souls they possess Christ. The greatest praise we cam bestow upon a religion is to practise it.(S. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians provoke men to a curious observation and examination of them, and also of the grounds and principles from which they proceed.III. )LinksMatthew 5:16 NIVMatthew 5:16 NLTMatthew 5:16 ESVMatthew 5:16 NASBMatthew 5:16 KJVMatthew 5:16 Bible AppsMatthew 5:16 ParallelMatthew 5:16 Biblia ParalelaMatthew 5:16 Chinese BibleMatthew 5:16 French BibleMatthew 5:16 German BibleMatthew 5:16 CommentariesBible Hub. Let your light — The light of that doctrine which you receive from me, and the light of your holy conversation, so shine before men — Be so evident and apparent unto men, that they may see your good works, and glorify, &c. — That is, that seeing your good works they may both praise God for sending such a religion into the world, and also, embracing your faith, may … Then the light is a joyous and happy sort of thing.(W. II. )Christian example not transientBe not a flashing meteor, exciting transitory curiosity with thy blaze of profession.Men more ready to shine socially than morallyDr. A lamp must be fed with oil, or it will not keep alight.4. Parker. Goode, M. A.of the world. By so doing will engage them in some serious reflections upon the Christian religion.II. 43 0 obj<>stream against ostentation in religion. 0000003659 00000 n All the glass in the optical instruments, whether they are intended for scientific purposes, or for ordinary use, should be free from dross.(S. That religion, if it exists, cannot be concealed.II. The gospel light makes so impressive heathen darkness. It is upon this state of facts that Christ ordained that men should carry their moral faculties up to the highest degree of excellence.IV. 1. And there are many who put such devices on the window, through which the light of their characters shines, that no beholder is ever moved to think of God. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. Light quickens any life there may be in the darkness. V. That good actions will be seen, and will lead men to honour God. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works. But we still need to learn the lesson of the descending sheet that was taught to St. Peter. 3-10): III. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour. 2. Maclaren, D. D.The lighthouse-keeper takes no pains that the ships tossing away out at sea may behold the beam that shines from his lamp, but all that he does is to feed and tend it. Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. "Glorify your Father which is in heaven."(W. The traveller said, thoughtlessly it may be, "What if one of these burners should go out to-night? Rees.I. Christian men individually, and the Christian Church as a whole, shine by derived light. It is better adapted to good than bad. The eye was not made any more for beauty in the outward world than a man's moral nature was made for beauty in the moral world. Men may see God through our works.(A. 1. He must keep within the limits of his proper place.(E. The Christian's place and functions.III. II. This will be the result of Christian consistency. Curling, M. 0000011374 00000 n )Christian example an argument of weightAnecdotes., W. S. Dewstoe.A young minister, when about to be ordained, stated that at one period of his life he was nearly an infidel. Three things are necessary to render a work good. a. His calling is from the elevated position he occupies, to shed light upon the whole world.II. In the sixth chapter our Lord gives cautions. Holiness of heart and life.3. CHRISTIANS ARE THE BEARERS OF THIS LIGHT INTO ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD. 0000039630 00000 n Christian men individually, and the Christian Church as a whole, shine by derived light. How does the matter stand between our profession and our conduct? 0000010480 00000 n The Christian's place and functions.III. Notice how unlimited the sphere of the natural light is. Matthew 5:16. A. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. The light that is in him will wax dim and incur great risk of going out, because it is shut up, and not set to burn on the lamp-stand,where the fresh air may reach and feed the flame.(D. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. It was Michael Angelo who, according to the beautiful illustration of a Boston preacher, placed his candle so in his pasteboard cap that his own shadow might not fall upon his work. "And glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Matthew 5:16. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. )Work entailed by Christ on His peopleS. 0000001304 00000 n Men oppose light and yet light is pleasant to them.III. Light an emblem of purity.2. The glory of God.2. The scandal is, not to see religion opposed by unbelievers, but that Christians dare not maintain their religion with zeal and proclaim it as their greatest honour and glory. And there are many who put such devices on the window, through which the light of their characters shines, that no beholder is ever moved to think of God. Not only the honour but the progress of religion depend upon your examples. Taylor. You may have a window all covered with dust, and spun over with the cobwebs of spiders, that have not been disturbed for years, and the passer-by, in the darkness, will take no note of its impurity. 2. Matthew 5:1-16 New International Version (NIV) Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. said the keeper, "go out, sir? 3. The world talks of enlightenment. Benevolence.II. )The CandleC. )The Lamp and the BushelA. Slocombe. The criterion at the judgment.(W. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. Do not fear that you incur any danger of ostentation in performing visibly such religious observances as your parents or teachers direct. (Sir William Dawes, Bart. Hence it appears that we ought frequently to contemplate the examples of good men, out of which there are so many and so great advantages to be drawn. W. how Godlike was their employ. 2. Sermon on the Mount: 2. 0000003199 00000 n II. All the glass in the optical instruments, whether they are intended for scientific purposes, or for ordinary use, should be free from dross.(S. )These words are descriptive of: —I. )Glorifying GodH. Parker.It is thus that his own sun works daily in the heavens: who dares look at the sun when he so shines as to fill the earth with all the beauty of summer? OUR BEST Matthew 5:14-16 INTRODUCTION One of the scariest things for most of us to do in our Christian life is to witness. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the … )Spiritual modestyG. startxref Light an emblem of purity.2. 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