Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Biblical Saints called Light

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. 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," (Matthew 5:14--16).

* In John 8:12, the Lord Jesus stated that He is the Light of the world. As disciples who have the light of His life within us, we too are to penetrate our darkened world. And our witness to His light within us must continually point the praise to God.

* By calling His disciples 'light', the Lord Jesus emphasized the penetrating work believers are to have in society. By its very nature, light illuminates. And, as the light of the world, we are to glorify our Father by radiating the Lord Jesus' life.

* The main message of warning in these verses involves hiding the light of Jesus' life from a sin-darkened society. Our Lord knew the tendency of Christians to be intimidated and silent concerning His life within them. Our lives are to radiate before a watching world, matched by an eagerness to verbalize our faith.

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