sermon on matthew 5:16

Partridge, M. Cooper. His calling is from the elevated position he occupies, to shed light upon the whole world. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. , 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. 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. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. M. Wythe. That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist.III. TO let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. It consecrates a man entirely to the service of light.giving.II. 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. 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. Matthew 10:5-16 New International Version (NIV). Before the incarnation Christ was the light of men; also the historic Christ is the source of all revelation. The city is lit by lamps, and yet it is the gas that lightens it. A contrast to the gloom — of a principle, the antagonist of this moral darkness. As a member of the Church of Christ he must show good will. 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. It is not enough to be Christians only to ourselves, we must be so before God and men.5. )Christian example not transientBe not a flashing meteor, exciting transitory curiosity with thy blaze of profession.Men more ready to shine socially than morallyDr. THE FACT THAT THERE IS A LIGHT POSSESSED BY CHRISTIANS WHICH PECULIARLY BELONGS TO THEM. 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. 2:13-15 . Maclaren, D. D.)If you are not warming the world, the world is chilling yA. So in us there should be nothing of evil to draw away men's eyes from the light and fix them upon our imperfections. 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. 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." It is impartial; it is universal. The object of light is to disclose what would be otherwise unseen. Explanation and Commentary on Matthew 5:16 In the same way, that light should not be hidden but should light up the room, or city on a hill cannot be hidden, we are to let our light shine. )Glorifying GodH. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. 2. Maclaren, D. D.)Missionaries the lightF. They sat upon the floor; and therefore tall lamp-stands were required, in order that the light might be diffused over all the room. They will ascribe to God the power by which we have been made what we are. The “Sermon on the Mount” found in the Gospel According to MATTHEW is our LORD’S teaching His own disciples how God wants them to live their lives in this world. 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. Candles are not lit to be looked at, but that something else may be seen by them. Do not fear that you incur any danger of ostentation in performing visibly such religious observances as your parents or teachers direct.2. M. )Th,e light to reveal the work, not the workerDr. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Sermon. Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. THEIR CHARACTER. That professors of religion, who live like other men, give evidence that they have not been renewed.IV. 3, 8, 12; Revelation 21:10). (Sir William Dawes, Bart. THEIR MOTIVE.1. Three things are necessary to render a work good. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. 3. Loving the Family, 1 John 3 2. As a master his Christian character must shine. )The CandleC. It's what we know as a paragraph. 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 lowest requirement of Christian consistency is the absence of every evil work — the least immorality vitiates the entire profession. Our mission is to enlighten the sphere in which we are placed, etc.(Dr. 2. 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. A.)I. Taylor. W. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. 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. II. Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. The world, though corrupt, is very sensible of what Christian practice ought to be. Modestly but yet bravely carry out your Christianity, and men will see it. By that discovery, to which we have been so long accustomed that we have ceased to reckon it wonderful. 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! There is no reason that anyone should not be able to tell that you are a Christian. And so the text seems to offer the antidote to its own difficulty. 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. 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. ◄ Matthew 5:16 ► In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Men oppose light and yet light is pleasant to them.III. All others are in darkness. As a member of the Church of Christ he must show good will.4. By that discovery, to which we have been so long accustomed that we have ceased to reckon it wonderful. Goode, M. A.of the world. THE DUTY OF CHRISTIANS TO EXHIBIT THEIR LIGHT IN A GODLY CONVERSATION. But so soon as you put a light behind it you thereby reveal its filthiness to every beholder. Three things are necessary to render a work good. "He hath dispersed abroad," etc. 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. Be consistent.4. how Godlike was their employ. (James Stewart. S. If the light which you let shine in your profession be the true light, there will be good works to be seen. That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist.III. A Divine work.2. III. The first thing to be done with a lamp is to light it. By so doing will engage them in some serious reflections upon the Christian religion.II. Taylor. Rees.I. When we do good works, it is inevitable that men will sometimes observe what we do. Curling, M. A.I. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. "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. It is with borrowed rays that the Christian at any time illuminates others.II. 9), everlasting blessedness (vers. Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. "See your good works. 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? They will ascribe to God the power by which we have been made what we are. If you are not warming the world, the world is freezing you. A lamp must be trimmed if it is to give a good light. ENFORCE THE DOCTRINE.1. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. Look at the primitive Schwartz, at the devoted Brainerd, at the zealous Corrie, and many others; Oh! W. Wythe.1. Men may see God through our works.(A. )Christians the light of the worldD. Dewstoe. 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. Action.4. There’s a pop-art style cartoon of a pregnant woman at one side, and the close up of a man’s face on the other. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. II. A reflector of spiritual light.2. Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. He must shine: —1. Irreligion is artificial.II. Slocombe. Fraser, D. D.If he persists in this selfishness, his penalty is sure. )Work entailed by Christ on His peopleS. Salt is a unique chemical compound. Let it not be so with us. The reproof of ostentation does not apply when the motive is already good. On the contrary, many advantages may arise to the cause of religion from the exhibition of piety. The criterion at the judgment.(W. That they may see your good works, not yourselves, but your actions. 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. Light is self-evident and consistent.3. CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. )God glorified by our good worksH. Benevolence.II. Fraser, D. D.)Shine by expressed convictionA. 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. 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. True religion a Manifestation. Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. 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. Rees.I. )Christians must be receptive of lightS. Holiness of heart and life.3. This Christian profession should be made in union with the Church of Christ.II. 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. 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. Whilst standing looking on, the keeper of the house boasted of its brilliancy and beauty, observing there were few such lights in the world beside. (The Preachers' Monthly. 4. H. Spurgeon.I. If the light which you let shine in your profession be the true light, there will be good works to be seen. Maclaren, D. D.)No light apart from ChristA. Not to let our works be seen when they ought to be seen would be to desert our Lord. how Godlike was their employ. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. 1. II. )Work entailed by Christ on His peopleS. Keep the light bright or you will hear of it, If you are not warming the world, the world is chilling y, The duty of letting our light shine before men, A good life the great means of glorifying God. (2)From love to God(3)with a view to His glory.2. God alone can light you; teachers may polish.2. M. Taylor.of the world: —I. 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. Christians are made what they are to attract the world. Be modest in other things. Taylor. This holy light possesses a peculiar character, which the light of mere science, literature, or secular knowledge has not and cannot have. 1. Intro: Here in The Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus uses two powerful metaphors to describe His people. WHY SHINE. We should avoid all self-display.(W. We use the expression, "I saw myself a sinner." 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 WORLD'S MORAL DARKNESS IMPLIED. )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. )Hidden light diesD. 2. Matthew 5:14-16 This Little Light of Mine. )Christians must be receptive of lightS. 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. A reproducer of this light.3. Do not fear that you incur any danger of ostentation in performing visibly such religious observances as your parents or teachers direct.2. 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. 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. By the exertions which we make for the conversion of our fellow men.II. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. But so soon as you put a light behind it you thereby reveal its filthiness to every beholder. 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. Benevolence.II. 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. ", 3. The well-pleasing of men.II. 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. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. That religion, if it exists, cannot be concealed.II. A Christian that hums with holy love to God cannot be-unnoticed.II. This will be the result of Christian consistency. )Christian ConsistencyW. Hughes, M. A. Then the light is a joyous and happy sort of thing.(W. 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. As a father he will have proper regard for the spiritual good of his children.6. He said: “ Ye are the light of the world. Browse Sermons on Matthew 5:16. 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. )Example is the source of the Christian's most powerful influence on the world. No, no! 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. 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. That good actions will be seen, and will lead men to honour God.(Dr. That is all you and I have to do — tend the light, and do not like cowards cover it up. The REWARDS of a right discharge of our duties as true disciples. A. It is also the most successful way of winning the esteem of the world. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. And angel warns Joseph in a dream to take child & His mother to Egypt because Herod was seeking to kill him. Men are affected by what they see.(W. Solomon prayed before an assembly. Knowledge.3. said the keeper, "go out, sir? 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. Be real, let all be really addressed to God.3. Goode, M. 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. So in us there should be nothing of evil to draw away men's eyes from the light and fix them upon our imperfections. We should learn in them to see our own faults, and to mend them. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist. Goode, M. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. It is the most successful method of reproving wrong-doing.V. As a member of society he must be blameless. Not only the honour but the progress of religion depend upon your examples. The QUALIFICATIONS needed by Christ's disciples for a right discharge of the duties of their position and calling (vers. Let Christ be all and in all. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. The reproof of ostentation does not apply when the motive is already good. The true disciple's POSITION and calling. Light is self-evident and consistent.3. 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. Curling, M. It is possible for good men to smother and shroud their light. It matters not though we be unseen, if but the light be clear; for then we are fulfilling the command.(W. )Christians the light of the worldD. D. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. II. D. Moberley, D. C. L.)Lustrous ChristiansW. 9. His position is like that of a city set on a hill, eminently conspicuous; he "cannot be hid," and he ought not to try to be hid. W. Taylor. 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.V. 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 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. Let it not be so with us. Irreligion is artificial.II. Be real, let all be really addressed to God.3. Blessed Are the Meek. 15 Neither do men light a a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. )Christ shines into the world through the lives of His peopleW. That there is light in us at all makes it all the more important that we should keep ourselves pure. 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. In analyzing that power there are three or four elements.I. The well-pleasing of men.II. 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. That they may see your good works, not yourselves, but your actions. John often contrasts believers with “the world”, that is, the wicked, the unbelieving world. Habitual holiness is required. 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. CHRISTIANS ARE THE BEARERS OF THIS LIGHT INTO ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. All the glass in the optical instruments, whether they are intended for scientific purposes, or for ordinary use, should be free from dross.(S. "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. W. Blessed Are the Meek. 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. Science and religion need not be divided.II. It matters not though we be unseen, if but the light be clear; for then we are fulfilling the command.(W. And yet He is pleased to say that our sins dishonour Him, and that our obedience glorifies Him. Matthew 5:16. 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. If such was his care of lights, the extinction of which could lead only to temporal catastrophes, oh I what should be ours!I. MEN THE LIGHT-BEARERS. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. Curling, M. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. Matthew 5:16 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. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. By that discovery, to which we have been so long accustomed that we have ceased to reckon it wonderful. )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. You cannot see them, but there are ships passing and repassing there to every point of the compass. W. 2. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: houtos lampsatoo to phos humon emprosthen ton anthropon, hopos idosin humon ta kala erga kai … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 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. TO let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. 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! II. If you are not warming the world, the world is freezing you. Taylor. The Preachers' Monthly., James Stewart., Christian Age. The Christian's place and functions.III. 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? It is not enough to be Christians only to ourselves, we must be so before God and men. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. Your good works may be seen, and ought to be seen, but to God's glory, and not your own. Look at the primitive Schwartz, at the devoted Brainerd, at the zealous Corrie, and many others; Oh! 3-10): III. Feb 16, 1986. how Godlike was their employ. II. It is the most successful method of illustrating truth and imparting instruction.II. 7. Maclaren, D. D.)A good example a rebuke of evilA. Be consistent.4. 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. "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. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. That's not the way the Bible was written. A reproducer of this light.3. Moberley, D. C. L.)Lustrous ChristiansW. "Glorify your Father which is in heaven.". )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. )The light of Christian exampleH. A Children’s Sermon on Matthew 14:22-23. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." "Ye are the light of the world." M. Punshon.I. M. Taylor.Do you ever pause to think out how it is that our streets are nightly lighted up? 2. A reproducer of this light.3. By that discovery, to which we have been so long accustomed that we have ceased to reckon it wonderful. II. The world, though corrupt, is very sensible of what Christian practice ought to be.2. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. It is with borrowed rays that the Christian at any time illuminates others.II. so that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, according to HIS power that is at work within us. The true disciple's POSITION and calling. Then the light is a joyous and happy sort of thing.(W. Maclaren, D. D.)A good example a rebuke of evilA. 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. Your good works may be seen, and ought to be seen, but to God's glory, and not your own. 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. It’s interesting that this is a phrase commonly used outside the Bible also. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. 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. Their song, like that of the cuckoo, is a constant repetition of their own name, and the listener is wearied with its iteration. A. The next thing to do with a lamp is to set it where it may be seen and give light.3. The REWARDS of a right discharge of our duties as true disciples. Maclaren, D. D.)If you are not warming the world, the world is chilling yA. Maclaren, D. D.ou. I. 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