Fraser, D. D.)Wanted, much wanted, bright ChristiansD. “You are the light of the world. Their song, like that of the cuckoo, is a constant repetition of their own name, and the listener is wearied with its iteration. 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 light of Christian exampleH. 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. This will be the result of Christian consistency. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; Last week we discussed Jesus Using the metaphor of salt to describe how the disciples were to interact in the world. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. Its unmistakeable there. 3. Their song, like that of the cuckoo, is a constant repetition of their own name, and the listener is wearied with its iteration. Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. Your good works may be seen, and ought to be seen, but to God's glory, and not your own. 2. Maclaren, D. D.)If you are not warming the world, the world is chilling yA. 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. And Jesus is telling his disciples and consequently, us, that we are to go and be lights in it. 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. 1. On the contrary, many advantages may arise to the cause of religion from the exhibition of piety. As lamp-stands, we can hold Christ the Light up, by. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. Happiness.II. The works we do in Jesus’ name bear witness about us. )Christians the lightW. Slocombe. Maclaren, D. D.)The purity of example the primary care of the ChristianA. The genuine Christian's character — "light."II. Along with darkness, light is often used to contrast knowledge and ignorance. Be modest in other things. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." 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. The story is told of a lighthouse keeper who worked on a rocky stretch of coastline and who received his new supply of oil once a month to keep the light burning. God alone can light you; teachers may polish.2. Taylor. 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. Beecher., Sir William Dawes, Bart. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. Why would anyone light a candle and then hide the light? 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 holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. The lowest requirement of Christian consistency is the absence of every evil work — the least immorality vitiates the entire profession. The traveller said, thoughtlessly it may be, "What if one of these burners should go out to-night? Men are to see the works, not the worker. M. ENFORCE THE DOCTRINE.1. Men are to see the works, not the worker.4. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." Slocombe.1. Solomon prayed before an assembly. )The beauty of moral qualitiesH. 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. (The Preachers' Monthly. against ostentation in religion. )Christian example not transientBe not a flashing meteor, exciting transitory curiosity with thy blaze of profession.Men more ready to shine socially than morallyDr. This light discloses God, the way to heaven, etc. The world, though corrupt, is very sensible of what Christian practice ought to be.2. Cussing. 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. W. III. 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. 2. I'm gonna let it shine. 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. Action.4. It attracts attention.IV. This is to be done by the position we take up.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. 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. "See your good works."III. The thought of having to explain salvation and the Bible to a person without Christ paralyzes many. Taylor. )The beauty of moral qualitiesH. )Work entailed by Christ on His peopleS. Goode, M. A.of the world. Modestly but yet bravely carry out your Christianity, and men will see it. But so soon as you put a light behind it you thereby reveal its filthiness to every beholder. In the way of duty and obligation.(F. II. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour.(S. Hughes, M. Irreligion is artificial.II. It is upon this state of facts that Christ ordained that men should carry their moral faculties up to the highest degree of excellence. 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!" Maclaren, D. D.)Missionaries the lightF. Maclaren, D. D.)The duty of letting our light shine before menE. M. 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. Taylor. Cussing. 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. Irreligion is artificial.II. 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. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. "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. Fraser. 5. Every man has a light peculiar to himself.2. There must be nothing to mar the brilliancy of the light. )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. )Spiritual modestyG. Jesus is sending the disciples out to be salt in the world. Christians the light of the world The Church can diffuse light. 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. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:14-16 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "YE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD" I. Dewstoe. 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? The REWARDS of a right discharge of our duties as true disciples. 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. EXPLAIN THE SYMBOL.1. A. This Christian profession should be made in union with the Church of Christ. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. Taylor. Light signifies knowledge and moral purity.II. Fear; Birth; Darkness; Twins; Enlightenment; There … M. Taylor.Do you ever pause to think out how it is that our streets are nightly lighted up? Taylor. They show the Divine wisdom of His doctrine. And yet He is pleased to say that our sins dishonour Him, and that our obedience glorifies Him. W. Maclaren, D. D.)Missionaries the lightF. Consider the LIGHTING.1. It visits poor and rich. )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. It is also the most successful way of winning the esteem of the world. The nature and property of light is to radiate. 4. A word about THE GREAT CONCEPTION OF A CHRISTIAN MAN'S OFFICE WHICH IS SET FORTH IN THIS METAPHOR. 3. Of course, by that we mean it is a sinful place. )A good life the great means of glorifying GodW. 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. The city is lit by lamps, and yet it is the gas that lightens it. 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. IV. IV. Modestly but yet bravely carry out your Christianity, and men will see it. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural — not artificial or secondary. Hughes, M. A. Illustrate by heathen customs: Malagasy sprinkling the people; Chinese paper-money sent to the dead. The gas would be unavailable without the lamps; the lamps would be useless without the gas. 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. Negative.2. Do not fear that you incur any danger of ostentation in performing visibly such religious observances as your parents or teachers direct.2. There is a moral constitution by reason of which Christian qualities seem admirable to men. 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. 5. Science and religion need not be divided.II. A.)I. And its job is Make things in a sinful world better through through its message of hope in the Gospel. (Sir William Dawes, Bart. Let it not be so with us. Fraser, D. D.If he persists in this selfishness, his penalty is sure. CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. 9), everlasting blessedness (vers. Maclaren, D. D.)A good example a rebuke of evilA. A reflector of spiritual light.2. Rees.I. 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. From shop MichaelGiftEveryday. 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. 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. 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. Cooper.I. )Hidden light diesD. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. Action.4. , D. D.I. The genuine Christian's character — "light.". That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist. The success of the gospel was made to depend not on preaching, but upon living men.V. Christians are made what they are to attract the world. This rule may serve for some external direction in this perplexed case. Unity.5. Parker. 4. (Sir William Dawes, Bart. Let’s look at Matthew chapter 5, verses 13 through 16. THEIR CHARACTER. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. Maclaren, D. D.)Missionaries the lightF. 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. 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. Men oppose light and yet light is pleasant to them.III. Light is self-evident and consistent.3. In the way of duty and obligation.(F. All others are in darkness. Light quickens any life there may be in the darkness. (Sir William Dawes, Bart. The SHINING.(C. This will be the result of Christian consistency. Thats Jesus. "Glorify your Father which is in heaven."(W. Slocombe. God has left each of us here, to shine for Him, to … A Good Life the Great Means of Glorifying God, Christ Shines into the World Through the Lives of His People, Christian Example Leads to the Discovery of Christian Sympathy, Christian Example Must be Free from Inconsistency. 2. II. Not only the honour but the progress of religion depend upon your examples. Here is a distinction of persons — "Ye. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. Spurgeon. A. It tints alike the flowers of the palace garden and of the garret window in the dingy city street. A light covered up. Both of these substances are valuable and both are useful. Candles are not lit to be looked at, but that something else may be seen by them. Slocombe.1. Candles are not lit to be looked at, but that something else may be seen by them. Matthew 5:14 is the fourteenth verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. THE CERTAINTY THAT IF WE ARE LIGHT WE SHALL SHINE. Both statements are true. 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. 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. Cooper.I. So God would have us be his atmosphere to carry his sunbeam; his candlestick, his lamp-stand, to lift up his light, so that all men might be brought unto him. Curling, M. 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. Habitual holiness is required. I'm gonna let it shine, Don't let Satan (whooof) it out, )Christian ConsistencyW. These rules will aid spiritual modesty.(G. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. How CAN MEN, THE CREATURES, BE SAID TO GLORIFY THE CREATOR? 9. CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. )Christ shines into the world through the lives of His peopleW. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. Men are to see the works, not the worker.4. A personal work to every man who is the subject of it.4. 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. God alone can light you; teachers may polish.2. The word light implies a saving knowledge of the truth.2. CHRISTIAN CONSISTENCY. How SHINE. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. There must be nothing to mar the brilliancy of the light. What is needed is the answer. In looking at a painted window, we think more of the artist and his picture than of the light. W. Wythe.1. 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. A prism, analyrically solving this moral light, and exhibiting its beauties of colour. 3-10):III. )The importance of good exampleS. "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. A. , 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. A Christian that hums with holy love to God cannot be-unnoticed.II. Hughes, M. 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. 3. Maclaren, D. D.)The purity of example the primary care of the ChristianA. )The CandleC. 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. A. 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. Be real, let all be really addressed to God.3. Let Christ be all and in all. Christians are made what they are to attract the world. M. Taylor.The purpose of letting our light shine is, that God, not ourselves, may be glorified. The greatest praise we cam bestow upon a religion is to practise it.(S. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them." Maclaren, D. D. A good man or woman reveals the ugliness of evil by showing the beauty of holiness.(A. Modestly but yet bravely carry out your Christianity, and men will see it. 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. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. A contrast to the gloom — of a principle, the antagonist of this moral darkness. They will ascribe to God the power by which we have been made what we are. That is all you and I have to do — tend the light, and do not like cowards cover it up. Goode, 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. Not to be seen of men. Wythe. Hughes, M. Let Christ be all and in all. The object of light is to disclose what would be otherwise unseen. Slocombe. Maclaren, D. D. A good man or woman reveals the ugliness of evil by showing the beauty of holiness.(A. Maclaren, D. D.I. A. Slocombe. W. This is to be done by the position we take up. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. Wythe. 5. Easterns did not use tables and chairs. A. The true disciple's POSITION and calling. Beneath the surface of all this beauty... we find lurking the most revolting immorality. That they may glorify your Father which is in heaven.(D. "See your good works. THE END with a view to which the exhibition takes place. Maclaren, D. D.)No light apart from ChristA. Irreligion is artificial.II. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. That they may see your good works, not yourselves, but your actions. By so doing will engage them in some serious reflections upon the Christian religion.II. )Th,e light to reveal the work, not the workerDr. Solomon prayed before an assembly. 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. Goode, M. said the keeper, "go out, sir? Beecher.)I. Look at the primitive Schwartz, at the devoted Brainerd, at the zealous Corrie, and many others; Oh! Slocombe.Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. A. The traveller said, thoughtlessly it may be, "What if one of these burners should go out to-night? If you are not warming the world, the world is freezing you. II. The Church's responsibility. Show me the worker," the sun answers us with a rebuke of intolerable light.(Dr. It preserves morality. But Christ, the Light, can be so divided that each of us can carry forth, and hold up, its full blaze. Because Christ has put light into His people, he does not intend it to be hid.II. 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. So there are Christians among us who, while letting their light shine, contrive to paint themselves upon the glass of the lamp in which it is enclosed. 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. , D. D. 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