Christ is the true Light that came into the world, and when we trusted Him as Saviour. CHRISTIANS ARE THE BEARERS OF THIS LIGHT INTO ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD. They will ascribe to God the power by which we have been made what we are. A reproducer of this light.3. 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? how Godlike was their employ. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. There must be nothing to mar the brilliancy of the light. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. )The beauty of moral qualitiesH. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. While there is an award winning Biographical Documentary Film titled ‘Salt of the Earth’ according to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary it’s a phrase used to refer to people of good character. Curling, M. As lamp-stands, we can hold Christ the Light up, by. 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. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. 16; 1 Thessalonians 2:19), the approval of God (ver. (1)It must be done under the influence of faith in Christ. Both statements are true. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. Sermon: Matthew 1: 18-25 Jesus, our Immanuel Over the last few weeks, a new advertising poster has popped up in Adelaide, Australia, to a mixed reception. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. 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. Blessed Are the Meek. 3-10): III. 2. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour. Positive.III. Cooper. 3. Men oppose light and yet light is pleasant to them.III. There is a right way of shedding light.3. THE CERTAINTY THAT IF WE ARE LIGHT WE SHALL SHINE. The basic unit of thought in the Bible is called a pericope. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. And in the middle, the caption says: ‘You’re engaged, your fiancee is pregnant, and you’re not the father. 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. Be consistent.4. )Christians must be receptive of lightS. So in us there should be nothing of evil to draw away men's eyes from the light and fix them upon our imperfections. Men are affected by what they see.(W. Moberley, D. C. L.)Lustrous ChristiansW. M. The world is dead, Christianity its salt. The criterion at the judgment.(W. We should avoid all self-display.(W. No, no! Wythe., Dr. J. Cussing. The REWARDS of a right discharge of our duties as true disciples. (Christian Age. 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. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… A lamp must be fed with oil, or it will not keep alight. Hughes, M. 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. 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. THESE WORDS AS THEY SPECIFY THE CHRISTIAN. For instance: Salt is hidden, light is obvious. Punshon. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. They will ascribe to God the power by which we have been made what we are. Matthew 5:16 (NASB) WHY SHINE. His calling is from the elevated position he occupies, to shed light upon the whole world. M. Punshon.I. Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. In our fear, our gifts grow stale through disuse. A Christian that hums with holy love to God cannot be-unnoticed.II. Not to let our works be seen when they ought to be seen would be to desert our Lord. These rules will aid spiritual modesty.(G. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. W. That is all you and I have to do — tend the light, and do not like cowards cover it up. And so the text seems to offer the antidote to its own difficulty. 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. Maclaren, D. D. A good man or woman reveals the ugliness of evil by showing the beauty of holiness.(A. 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. Hughes, M. A.I. )The beauty of moral qualitiesH. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." Goode, M. A.of the world. 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. Partridge, M. A.Some suppose that they need not set a shining light, but keep from great irregularities.1. (2)From love to God(3)with a view to His glory.2. These rules will aid spiritual modesty.(G. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. Men oppose light and yet light is pleasant to them.III. 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. 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. Maclaren, D. D.)The duty of letting our light shine before menE. A reproducer of this 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. These words proclaim the moral grandeur of His sentiments. against ostentation in religion. Matthew 22 Home | M. Henry Commentary | Play! Irreligion is artificial.II. Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness. III. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men." M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. Men may see God through our works.(A. A lamp must be fed with oil, or it will not keep alight.4. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. Light is self-evident and consistent.3. We use the expression, "I saw myself a sinner." The positive injunction that Christians are to do all in their power TO SECURE THAT THEIR LIGHT SHALL SHINE AS BRIGHTLY AS POSSIBLE.1. )Hidden light diesD. III. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. 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. )Th,e light to reveal the work, not the workerDr. Their song, like that of the cuckoo, is a constant repetition of their own name, and the listener is wearied with its iteration. The first thing to be done with a lamp is to light it. Beneath the surface of all this beauty... we find lurking the most revolting immorality. Believers are "the light of the world. 3, 8, 12; Revelation 21:10). APPLY THIS TRUTH TO THE CASE BEFORE US.1. Happiness.II. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. )God glorified by our good worksH. The REWARDS of a right discharge of our duties as true disciples. Hughes, M. Be real, let all be really addressed to God. This Christian consistency requires nonconformity to the world, and the good works of an active Christian life.III. Light an emblem of purity.2. II. "And glorify your Father which is in Heaven." "Ye are the light of the world." THEIR MOTIVE.1. The bad is something interposed between the original creative design and the execution. (Sir William Dawes, Bart. Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen. 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. 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. CHRISTIAN CONSISTENCY. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, [] drive out demons. Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. Rees. True religion a Manifestation. Be consistent.4. As a son he will show the excellence of his principles.7. The lowest requirement of Christian consistency is the absence of every evil work — the least immorality vitiates the entire profession. "He hath dispersed abroad," etc. Sermon - All Saints' Day - Matthew 5:1-12 Today, All Saints Day, we recognize and celebrate an important spiritual reality. ENFORCE THE DOCTRINE.1. Oh, sir," said he, "look at that dark and stormy sea. Fraser, D. D.If he persists in this selfishness, his penalty is sure. 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. II. Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. WHY SHINE. Slocombe.1. MINISTRY OF SERMONAUDIO. Jesus knew all the attainments of the earth, and He could appreciate their excellency and beauty too;... but nothing of all this could east light on the deepest problems that agitate the human heart — what must I do to be saved? 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. 2:13-15 . Light is derived, and therefore humble.2. That is all you and I have to do — tend the light, and do not like cowards cover it up. THESE WORDS AS THEY ILLUSTRATE THE WORLD. That there is light in us at all makes it all the more important that we should keep ourselves pure. Be modest in other things. Slocombe. "And glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Taylor. It is possible for good men to smother and shroud their light. Kindled from the Sun, they are to go forth and cast their light upon the world. And so the text seems to offer the antidote to its own difficulty. Christian men individually, and the Christian Church as a whole, shine by derived light. The gas would be unavailable without the lamps; the lamps would be useless without the gas. We are naturally inclined to imitation. The test of discipleship.2. Daniel With regard to almsgiving, the Psalmist, speaks of it as properly exciting the esteem of men. "And glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Maclaren, D. D.)No light apart from ChristA. Not to be seen of men. 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