Maclaren, D. D.)The duty of letting our light shine before menE. It is (3) acquiescence with God's ways; (4) Resignation to His will; and (5) Subjection of the mind and judgment to the revelation He has made of His character and grace. A reflector of spiritual light.2. Our Heavenly Father shall be glorified by the influence for good we thus exert over the minds of those who see our good works. When I was a lad, in my native town, I knew a painter there whose favourite works were all portraits of himself, taken in different costumes; and one of England's most famous poets produced a series of writings, in which his moody, misanthropic self was ever the central figure. CHRISTIAN PROFESSING. Hughes, M. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Goode, M. Goode, M. M. Maclaren, D. D.)If you are not warming the world, the world is chilling yA. It is also the most successful way of winning the esteem of the world. The Church's responsibility. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. )The beauty of moral qualitiesH. I feel every night as I look at my burner as if all the eyes of all the sailors of the world were looking at my lights, and watching me!" 0000002659 00000 n 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. TO let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. H. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. When I was a lad, in my native town, I knew a painter there whose favourite works were all portraits of himself, taken in different costumes; and one of England's most famous poets produced a series of writings, in which his moody, misanthropic self was ever the central figure. As a servant he will be obedient.9. Maclaren, D. D.)The purity of example the primary care of the ChristianA. 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 FACT THAT THERE IS A LIGHT POSSESSED BY CHRISTIANS WHICH PECULIARLY BELONGS TO THEM. Matthew 5:15 and Matthew 5:16 are the fifteenth and sixteenth verses of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament.They are part of the Sermon on the Mount, and is one of a series of metaphors often seen as adding to the Beatitudes.The previous verse compared the disciples to a City upon a Hill that can't be hidden. In analyzing that power there are three or four elements. W. How does the matter stand between our profession and our conduct?(W. 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. 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. Maclaren, D. D.)A good example a rebuke of evilA. Curling, M. A.I. 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. 3. "See your good works."III. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. THE CERTAINTY THAT IF WE ARE LIGHT WE SHALL SHINE. 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. All the glass in the optical instruments, whether they are intended for scientific purposes, or for ordinary use, should be free from dross.(S. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. Curling, M. These rules will aid spiritual modesty.(G. II. Goode, M. A.of the world. The SHINING.(C. Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. (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. W. Wythe.1. W. Wythe.1. 0000004523 00000 n 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. 10 0 obj <> endobj Irreligion is artificial.II. 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus reveals what needs to be the character of those who follow Him, how that character will influence the world, and how it need play out in their lives. Taylor. I love this verse because it’s such a powerful motivator for kids who want to serve God. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. Taylor. W. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." Look at the negative side of this injunction, which requires that we REMOVE EVERYTHING WHICH TENDS TO HIDE OR OBSCURE THE LIGHT.1. Maclaren, D. D.I. Hughes, M. A.I. The nature and property of light is to radiate. )God glorified by our good worksH. 2. Maclaren, D. D. A sunbeam has no power to shine if it be severed from the sun than a man has to give light in this dark world if he be parted from Jesus Christ. 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. These words proclaim the moral grandeur of His sentiments. It is the most successful method of illustrating truth and imparting instruction.II. His calling is from the elevated position he occupies, to shed light upon the whole world. 1. Slocombe. M. Punshon.I. Your good works may be seen, and ought to be seen, but to God's glory, and not your own. Christians are made what they are to attract the world. Even if nobody else sees us, we cannot hide from those people we are serving. The withholding of a good example may be more fatal to religion than positive irregularities, because the turpitude of the latter destroys their power of seduction. All earnest Christian conviction will demand expression; and all deep experience of the purifying power of Christ upon character will show itself in conduct. Irreligion is artificial.II. That they may see your good works, not yourselves, but your actions. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." )The Lamp and the BushelA. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. But so soon as you put a light behind it you thereby reveal its filthiness to every beholder. We are naturally inclined to imitation.6. As a master his Christian character must shine.8. You cannot see them, but there are ships passing and repassing there to every point of the compass. , D. D.I. God is glorified by our repentance — faith — charity.(H. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. 0000005406 00000 n Beecher.)I. It is with borrowed rays that the Christian at any time illuminates others.II. 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. A separating work.3. And yet He is pleased to say that our sins dishonour Him, and that our obedience glorifies Him. Do not be as a dark lantern, burning with the shades down and illuminating nothing and nobody.(A. 3-10):III. No, no! D. Goshen only has light: Christians once dark; hut have received light.1. Our Heavenly Father shall be glorified by the influence for good we thus exert over the minds of those who see our good works. how Godlike was their employ. 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. But so soon as you put a light behind it you thereby reveal its filthiness to every beholder. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. Goshen only has light: Christians once dark; hut have received light.1. But the principle guide in cases like these is not to be found so much in an external rule as in a spiritually enlightened discrimination, which feels instinctively when is the time for secrecy and when for publicity.How dangerous to our Christian modesty everything must be which takes off from the delicacy of our natural modesty.1. 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.4. WHY SHINE. 0000001830 00000 n That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist. 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. Then the light is a joyous and happy sort of thing.(W. Taylor. By so doing will engage them in some serious reflections upon the Christian religion.II. They sat upon the floor; and therefore tall lamp-stands were required, in order that the light might be diffused over all the room. Look at the negative side of this injunction, which requires that we REMOVE EVERYTHING WHICH TENDS TO HIDE OR OBSCURE THE LIGHT. Maclaren, D. D.I do say that if the fountain never rises into the sunlight above the dead level of the pool there can be very little pressure at the main; that if a man has not the longing to speak his religious convictions, these convictions must be feeble.(A. W. of 5:16, Jesus says that our good works are to be done so that men will glorify your Father in heaven. (Christian Age. If you take a red-hot ball out of a furnace and lay it down upon a frosty moor, two processes will go on — the ball will lose its heat and the surrounding atmosphere will gain. 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. The Christian's place and functions.III. It is impartial; it is universal. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. 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. Men are to see the works, not the worker.4. ", 3. 0000003659 00000 n )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. Cussing. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. 1 a And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: Partridge, M. It matters not though we be unseen, if but the light be clear; for then we are fulfilling the command.(W. Be modest in other things. Be real, let all be really addressed to God.3. Curling, M. A.I. A. "God is the eternal fountain of all honour and glory, therefore, strictly speaking, cannot be dishonoured; He cannot but be glorified, because to be Himself is to be-infinitely glorious. A lamp must be trimmed if it is to give a good light.(H. If the light which you let shine in your profession be the true light, there will be good works to be seen. God alone can light you; teachers may polish.2. 0000006312 00000 n Let the Savior's light shine through us (vs. 14-16). D. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. W. Maclaren, D. D.I do say that if the fountain never rises into the sunlight above the dead level of the pool there can be very little pressure at the main; that if a man has not the longing to speak his religious convictions, these convictions must be feeble.(A. A lamp must be fed with oil, or it will not keep alight. II. THE MEANS BY WHICH THIS WITNESS-BEARING MAY BE THE MOST EFFECTUALLY DONE.1. As a neighbour he must be accommodating.5. 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. 0000002267 00000 n 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. Your good works may be seen, and ought to be seen, but to God's glory, and not your own. Consider the PLACING.1. A. THE MEANS BY WHICH THIS WITNESS-BEARING MAY BE THE MOST EFFECTUALLY DONE. )Th,e light to reveal the work, not the workerDr. "And glorify your Father which is in Heaven." The reproof of ostentation does not apply when the motive is already good. This holy light possesses a peculiar character, which the light of mere science, literature, or secular knowledge has not and cannot have. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. That to attempt to conceal or hide our light is to betray our trust, and hinder the cause of piety, and render our lives useless. CHRISTIAN CONSISTENCY. Not to let our works be seen when they ought to be seen would be to desert our Lord. )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. It matters not though we be unseen, if but the light be clear; for then we are fulfilling the command.(W. Slocombe.1. A reproducer of this light.3. M. Punshon.I. These rules will aid spiritual modesty.(G. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 3. Maclaren, D. D. A good man or woman reveals the ugliness of evil by showing the beauty of holiness.(A. 1. 6. Men are to see the works, not the worker.4. Beecher.)I. 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. Matthew 5:1-16 New International Version (NIV) Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. Secrecy in good deeds is not absolute, but relative; not positive, and for its own sake, but in order to exhibit the vitiating effect of ostentation.2. I. The bad is something interposed between the original creative design and the execution. I. APPLY THIS TRUTH TO THE CASE BEFORE US. 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. The QUALIFICATIONS needed by Christ's disciples for a right discharge of the duties of their position and calling (vers. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. W. 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. Before the incarnation Christ was the light of men; also the historic Christ is the source of all revelation. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. 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. The genuine Christian's character — "light."II. This is to be done by the position we take up. Matthew 5:16. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. Not to be seen of men. The traveller said, thoughtlessly it may be, "What if one of these burners should go out to-night? Then our Lord goes on to explain what kind of a light it is to which He would compare His people — the light of a tamp kindled. 0000034070 00000 n W. The object of light is to disclose what would be otherwise unseen. Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. Hughes, M. A. Maclaren, D. D.)The purity of example the primary care of the ChristianA. We should learn in them to see our own faults, and to mend them. 5. (James Stewart. There are two ways by which you equalize the temperature of a hotter and a colder body, the one is by the hot one getting cold, and the other is by the cold one getting hot. Slocombe.1. In looking at a painted window, we think more of the artist and his picture than of the light. '�x�Z��;�6H���:�O�ri�.��G3�'�4�Vd�^��-�_% 9��J۸�{�@�A,c�QYA0�X!Ho0�v8N��=�c�9�M@y�������kg��>5)�a���6�4���d�8I����wm~ … )Christians must be receptive of lightS. 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. But the principle guide in cases like these is not to be found so much in an external rule as in a spiritually enlightened discrimination, which feels instinctively when is the time for secrecy and when for publicity.How dangerous to our Christian modesty everything must be which takes off from the delicacy of our natural modesty.1. )Work entailed by Christ on His peopleS. 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. The prohibition is of religious acts from a wrong motive, "that they may be seen of men." Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. I. CHRIST THE LIGHT. A. III. Goode, M. 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? I. We had been studying in the section of the Sermon on the Mount called “The Beatitudes” before I went on vacation. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. Taylor. Let your light so shine before men Here Christ applies the foregoing simile to his disciples, and more fully opens the meaning and design of it. By that discovery, to which we have been so long accustomed that we have ceased to reckon it wonderful. Maclaren, D. D. A good man or woman reveals the ugliness of evil by showing the beauty of holiness.(A. 10 34 The bad is something interposed between the original creative design and the execution. 1. Habitual holiness is required. "But," said he, "there was one argument in favour of Christianity, which I could never refute — the consistent conduct of my own father."(Anecdotes.)I. This rule may serve for some external direction in this perplexed case. )Keep the light bright or you will hear of itThe Preachers' Monthly., James Stewart., Christian Age.I read somewhere of a traveller at Calais going one dark and stormy night to the lighthouse there. 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. 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. 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. If such was his care of lights, the extinction of which could lead only to temporal catastrophes, oh I what should be ours!I. But the principle guide in cases like these is not to be found so much in an external rule as in a spiritually enlightened discrimination, which feels instinctively when is the time for secrecy and when for publicity.How dangerous to our Christian modesty everything must be which takes off from the delicacy of our natural modesty. This holy light possesses a peculiar character, which the light of mere science, literature, or secular knowledge has not and cannot have. 2. (Sir William Dawes, Bart. , D. D.I. Slocombe. That good actions will be seen, and will lead men to honour God.(Dr. The nature and property of light is to radiate. This rule may serve for some external direction in this perplexed case. Habitual holiness is required. 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! Beecher.)I. It was a dark world indeed when the light rose and streamed forth from Bethlehem (see Matthew 4:16; Luke 2:32; John 1:4, 5; 2 Corinthians 4:6). 2. (1)It must be done under the influence of faith in Christ. %%EOF Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. Slocombe. TO let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. THE CERTAINTY THAT IF WE ARE LIGHT WE SHALL SHINE. God is glorified by our repentance — faith — charity. How CAN MEN, THE CREATURES, BE SAID TO GLORIFY THE CREATOR? God is glorified by our repentance — faith — charity.(H. Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. And so the text seems to offer the antidote to its own difficulty. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. 16; 1 Thessalonians 2:19), the approval of God (ver. "Ye are the light of the world." Maclaren, D. D.)A good example a rebuke of evilA. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. In the way of duty and obligation.(F. D. Fraser, D. D.If he persists in this selfishness, his penalty is sure. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. II. Taylor. What!" 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. Wythe. 4. Chapter 5. 3. The QUALIFICATIONS needed by Christ's disciples for a right discharge of the duties of their position and calling (vers. IV. It is not you that is to shine, but your light. Maclaren, D. D.)The duty of letting our light shine before menE. )Christians the lightW. Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. Secrecy in good deeds is not absolute, but relative; not positive, and for its own sake, but in order to exhibit the vitiating effect of ostentation.2. )Example is the source of the Christian's most powerful influence on the world. It is the fruit of that humbleness of spirit and sorrow for sin of which the preceding beatitudes speak. A reproducer of this light.3. The city is lit by lamps, and yet it is the gas that lightens it. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. II. In the same way also, you are to let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father Who is in heaven. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. Irreligion is artificial.II. 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. THEIR MOTIVE.1. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. 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? But the principle guide in cases like these is not to be found so much in an external rule as in a spiritually enlightened discrimination, which feels instinctively when is the time for secrecy and when for publicity.How dangerous to our Christian modesty everything must be which takes off from the delicacy of our natural modesty.1. Kindled from the Sun, they are to go forth and cast their light upon the world. PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE: A SERMON ON MATTHEW 5:13-16 A People of Influence. 0000003901 00000 n In analyzing that power there are three or four elements.I. THEIR MOTIVE.1. And yet He is pleased to say that our sins dishonour Him, and that our obedience glorifies Him. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. )Christ shines into the world through the lives of His peopleW. )God glorified by our good worksH. It is the most successful method of reproving wrong-doing.V. In looking at a painted window, we think more of the artist and his picture than of the light. Let Christ be all and in all. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. 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 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. Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. 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