Nor are Christians anywhere else so called. There is a right way of shedding light. ), And yet He is pleased to say that our sins dishonour Him, and that our obedience glorifies Him. Pseudo-Chrys. ‘The world’ may not here have the same wide significance as in Matthew 28:19. 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. 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. Supposing it be clearly our duty to manifest our religious profession in this pointed way before another, in order to do so modestly we must do it kindly and cheerfully, as gently as we can; not making matters worse than they are, or showing our whole Christian stature when we need but put out a hand or give a glance. The lowest requirement of Christian consistency is the absence of every evil work-the least immorality vitiates the entire profession. He showed us the way to become Christians by becoming a light of the world. This may be done without injury to our Christian gentleness and humbleness, though it is difficult to do it. Because Christ has put light into His people, he does not intend it to be hid. Bishop Hooper’s life was so good, that no kind of slander (although various went about to reprove it) could fasten any fault upon him. When “Papa Mack,” as the children call him, asked me to do the children’s sermon this morning, of course, I said, “Yes!” And when he told me what he had in mind, I knew that this passage from the Sermon on the Mount would have to be my text: “You are the light of the world. A city placed on a mountain cannot be concealed; and a candle, when it has been lighted, is not usually concealed, (verse 15.) (b) By forms of outward worship. So should Christians be clearly recognizable. ), A young minister, when about to be ordained, stated that at one period of his life he was nearly an infidel. Example is the source of the Christian’s most powerful influence on the world. In the East, cities are often built on hills. There lies Gennesaret, like a mirror set in framework of dark mountains and many-faced hills. The inference which our Saviour draws from the foregoing doctrine, ye are the light of the world, therefore let your light shine before men. Ambrose. This Light of Jesus should be so brightly shining, that no one need ask if we are saved; but they should be quick to see the glow of this Light within us. mentioned below, deriving light, yet putting forth vigour to produce light. The present Hebrew name is Zephath, and may either refer to its elevation like a watch-tower, or to the beauty and grandeur of the surrounding prospects. The church is often called the city of God. Matthew 5:16(NASB) Verse Thoughts. 6. Or, for that salt preserves a thing in its present state that it should not change for the worse, but that light brings it into a better state by enlightening it; therefore the Apostles were first called salt with respect to the Jews and that Christian body which had the knowledge of God, and which they keep in that knowledge; and now light with respect to the Gentiles whom they bring to the light of that knowledge. Ye are the light of the world — This being the distinctive title which our Lord appropriates to Himself (John 8:12; John 9:5; and see John 1:4, John 1:9; John 3:19; John 12:35, John 12:36) - a title expressly said to be unsuitable even to the highest of all the prophets (John 1:8) - it must be applied here by our Lord to His disciples only as they shine with His light upon the world, in virtue of His Spirit dwelling in them, and the same mind being in them which was also in Christ Jesus. 4. So good ministers (as fixed stars in the Church’s firmament) by the influence of their lips, feed; by the regular motion of their lives, confirm; and by the light of both, enlighten many. : How Christ manifests His saints, suffering them not to be hid, He shews by another comparison, adding, "Neither do men light a lamp to put it under a corn-measure," but on a stand. : The lamp is the Divine word, of which it is said, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet." (A. Maclaren, D. D.), If you are not warming the world, the world is chilling you, 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. 14. τὸ φῶς τοῦ κός.] In the way of duty and obligation. A.). These words as trey proclaim the redeemer. (H. J. Wilmot Buxton.). For good or for evil, it could not fail to be prominent in the worldâs history, a city of refuge for the weary, or open to the attacks of the invader. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 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. Matthew 5:14-16 says: “You are the light of the world. Not to let our works be seen when they ought to be seen would be to desert our Lord. But that does not exclude the idea that men do set their cities on hills so that they can be admired. There is not only light sown for him that he may reap and enjoy, he is himself a child or son of light—a Hebraistic mode of strongly expressing the luminosity that completely suffuses, as it were, the Christian man. The hill is the mountain or government of Christ and the light of divine truth shines forth from that exalted position like the glow of light from a city upon a hill. In looking at a painted window, we think more of the artist and his picture than of the light. II. In what ways do our … 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. v. pt. Get rid of the Divine origin of the Church, make it the creation of. It is because they acknowledge their responsibility to bring glory to Him that they can later be seen as relying on His provision for them. And so the text seems to offer the antidote to its own difficulty. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. I. Jerome: He instructs them what should be the boldness of their preaching, that as Apostles they should not be hidden through fear, like lamps under a corn-measure, but should stand forth with all confidence, and what they have heard in the secret chambers, that declare upon the house tops. In God's good time the Light which was to lighten every man came into the world. . We do not believe in that which we see. A city set on an hill. Jesus himself is the “light of all mankind…that shines in the darkness” (Jn 1:4-5). II. The light with which the true Christian has to shine is (1) the light of Divine knowledge, (2) the light of moral purity. 14 Ye are the light of the world. The Hebrew Bible links light with Godâs words, for both reveal the truth. What are the limits of lawful showing of our deeds, so that we may not break the law which bids us be secret? A city as one entity with large numbers of inhabitants is a good picture of the one body with its many members. In one point of view it is a secret principle, working noiselessly in the soul of a man, subduing gradually his evil propensities, weakening and destroying his corrupt appetites. These ancient parts of the castle render it all but certain that there was then a city or citadel on this most conspicuous “hill” top, and our Lord might well point to it to illustrate and confirm his precept. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world..." Passage: "You are the light of the world. And of Mr Bucer it is reported that he brought all men with such admiration of him, that neither his friends could sufficiently praise him, nor his enemies in any point find fault with his singular life and sincere doctrine. The world, though corrupt, is very sensible of what Christian practice ought to be. The holy and exemplary lives of Christians will naturally attract the eyes of unbelievers. ', So. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. Matthew 5:14-16. It is just any city in general situated upon a hill. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them.” 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. Aug.: With what meaning do we suppose the words, "to put it under a corn-measure," were said? 5:14 You are the light of the world. In the Parable of the Light recorded in Matthew 5:14-16 (found also in Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16-17; 11:33-36), Jesus Christ uses two figures of speech to express the responsibility of true Christians to influence the world: "a city . 1. To express concealment simply, or that the "corn-measure" has a special signification? I. ", Hilary: He instructs the Apostles to shine with such a light, that in the admiration of their work God may be praised, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works.". What does Matthew 5:16 mean? 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!” If such was his care of lights, the extinction of which could lead only to temporal catastrophes, oh I what should be ours! It is the most successful method of reproving wrong-doing. They will be ‘persecuted’. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Slocombe.). Tabor looks low, and Huttin seems to be in a valley. It has freely received, and it freely gives. 1. When they do, thenÂ good things will happen and It is the fashion to depreciate creeds, but it is questionable whether without them Christianity would not long have faded from the earth. The world (though unjustly) looks for angelical perfection in them: and as the least deviation in a star is soon noted, so is it in such. Matthew 5:14, NLT: "'You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." In the Parable of the Light recorded in Matthew 5:14-16 (found also in Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16-17; 11:33-36), Jesus Christ uses two figures of speech to express the responsibility of true Christians to influence the world: "a city . i, p. 420) says: Maundrell, Jowett, and others, throw out the hint that this was the city set on a hill, which could not be hid; and if that greatest of sermons was preached on the horns of Huttin, or near them, as tradition affirms, and if any. For that is now their very purpose for being in the world. Those disciples who sat on the Mount did go forth, did mould and shape and change the whole face of the world. This Christian profession should be made in union with the Church of Christ. Taylor.). That they may see your good works, not yourselves, but your actions. And here too, φῶς in this verse = λύχνος in Matthew 5:15, where the comparison is resumed. I. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” 5:14 We come to the second similitude—light. As a member of the Church of Christ he must show good will. Thus if men who are on the earth are to see God, it must be in Christ and in His people as they live out their lives on earth. λ.] Matthew 5:16, CSB: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." The same distinction is observable in the second pair of those seven parables which our Lord spoke from the Galilean Lake - that of the “mustard seed,” which grew to be a great overshadowing tree, answering to the sunlight which invests the world, and that of the “leaven,” which a woman took and, like the salt, hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened (Matthew 13:31-33). In these Scriptures above, Jesus is explaining that if we are Christians, then we have His Light dwelling within us. If Christian people would be true benefactors of the world, they must let their light shine, that men seeing their good works may glorify their Father who is in heaven. The silver reflectors are burnished to the brightest purity, and every funnel and glass are absolutely without a spot. (W. W. Let this conformity with God's appointment be established in nature, and as long as nature lasts God will be glorified. Some suppose that they need not set a shining light, but keep from great irregularities. Light signifies knowledge and moral purity. These ancient parts of the castle render it all but certain that there was then a city or citadel on this most conspicuous “hill” top, and our Lord might well point to it to illustrate and confirm his precept. Ye are the light of the world. 2. III. II. It is true that all worship is worthless which is not the offering of the heart, but truth embodied in outward institutions lives. It means that the light Christians give forth to others is truly derived from Christ (2 Peter 1:19). In the sixth chapter our Lord gives cautions against ostentation in religion. 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. A city located on a hill canât be hidden. The allusion may have been to Jerusalem, which stands upon heights, and is the emblem of the Church. Matthew 5:14, CSB: ""You are the light of the world. They must be seen; and as this was the case, they ought to be holy, harmless, and undefiled. (1) The Psalmist says, "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart." : "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" though it would; the mountain which bears makes it to be seen of all men; so the Apostles and Priests who are founded on Christ cannot be hidden even though they would, because Christ makes them manifest. 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. . Sanhedrim, fol. All earnest Christian conviction will demand expression; and all deep experience of the purifying power of Christ upon character will show itself in conduct. In what sense is the Church a proper object of belief or faith? See John 5:35. Thence the eye sweeps over Gilead and Bashan, Samaria and Carmel, the plains of Galilee, the coasts of Phoenicia, the hills of Naphtali, the long line of Lebanon, and the lofty head of Hermon, a vast panorama, embracing a thousand points of historic and sacred interest. There is little difficulty in fixing the dominant idea contained in the metaphor. And in another placeF13Targum in Cant. There may have been a hint here in Jesus’ words of how this tiny group of disciples will grow in numbers until they become like a populous city. 3. Both statements are true. Three things are necessary to render a work good. (3) Another and still more difficult duty is that of personally rebuking those we meet with in the intercourse of life who sin in word or deed, and testifying before them in Christ's name. 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. Intro and Recap: a. - Let your holy life, your pure conversation, and your faithful instructions, be everywhere seen and known. God is glorified by our repentance-faith-charity. 3, 8, 12; Revelation 21:10). The first thing to be done with a lamp is to light 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. I. We should avoid all self-display. Had they simply perfected personal holiness in secret they might not have been persecuted, it was when they began to affect the world around them (Matthew 5:13-16), and make the world feel guilty, that the world began to react and hit back (Matthew 5:10-12). Still it is quite true that there are circumstances under which a Christian is bound openly to express his opinion on religious subjects and matters; and this is the real difficulty—how to do so without display. Remig.  H. Leo Boles, Commentary on Matthew (Nashville, Tennessee: The Gospel Advocate Company), p. 128. The dominant idea contained in the metaphor. Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world We are all the children of light, after having been enlightened by faith, and are commanded to carry in our hands “burning lamps,” (that we may not wander in darkness,) and even to point out to others the way of life, (Luke 12:35. It is better adapted to good than bad. Yet the Christian is not like the sun, self-luminous, but borrows his rays, like the moon, from a primal source. The bad is something interposed between the original creative design and the execution. Aug.: Or, the mountain is the great righteousness, which is signified by the mountain from which the Lord is now teaching. Bede, in Loc. Ye are the light of the world - That is, the instruments which God chooses to make use of to illuminate the minds of men; as he uses the sun (to which probably he pointed) to enlighten the world. The habit of private devotion itself has been kept alive by that public witness week by week. “See your good works.”, III. The end with a view to which the exhibition takes place. 3-10): III. They are the light whose light is to shine out into the world before men. (H. Hughes, M. 2. A city that is set on a hill - This place may receive light from the following passage in Maundrell's Travels. IV. 1. quoad sens. This being the distinctive title which our Lord appropriates to Himself (John 8:12; John 9:5; and see John 1:4; John 1:9; John 3:19; John 12:35-36) - a title expressly said to be unsuitable even to the highest of all the prophets (John 1:8) - it must be applied here by our Lord to His disciples only as they shine with His light upon the world, in virtue of His Spirit dwelling in them, and the same mind being in them which was also in Christ Jesus. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.". 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. Recent travellers, as Drs. ‘Johannes lumen illuminatum: Christus lumen illuminans.’ Aug(42) Serm. But it contains the seeds of that idea. Stanley and Thomson (‘Sinai and Palestine,’ p. 429: ‘The Land and the Book,’ p. 273), have thought that, notwithstanding the fact shewn by Robinson, that the actual city of Safed was not in existence at this time, some ancient portion of it, at all events its fortress, which is ‘as aged in appearance as the most celebrated ruins in the country’ (Thomson), may have been before the eye of our Lord as He spoke. (S. "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (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. How can we shine like hillside cities and lamps on stands so that people see our good works, yet avoid the sins of Matthew 6:1-17? Light is opposed to darkness, and dispels it; is the symbol of truth and holiness. “You know, Jesus is the Light of the world, but after He died on the cross, He went back up into heaven.” It is possible for good men to smother and shroud their light. on a lampstand.". The persecutions which He had foretold, were not able to dim their light, yea they made it but more conspicuous. "kosmos" = "mankind." non occ. By so doing will engage them in some serious reflections upon the Christian religion. TO let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Men are to see the works, not the worker. 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. “Rejoice” is the command that grows out of the blessedness of the believer. Nay, as if to avoid the august title which the Master has appropriated to Himself, Christians are said to "shine" - not as "lights," as our translators render it, but - "as luminaries [ foosteeres (Greek #5458)] in the world" (Philippians 2:15); and the Baptist is said to have been "the burning and shining" - not "light," as in our translation, but - "lamp" [ luchnos (Greek #3088)] of his day (John 5:35). In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16). Those entrusted with Godâs words were therefore likened to lights It would give additional force and beauty to the passage to suppose that he pointed to the city. Sorry, display of date last updated requires scripts enabled. ", "Neither do men light a lamp to put it under a corn-measure,", "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works. 5:16 Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. 2. The passage read to the end will remove the difficulty suggested. The only way that men will see Him is if they see Him in us. . Christian example must be free from inconsistency. It is pre-eminently applied to Jesus in these places, because he is, in the moral world, what the sun is in the natural world. Read Introduction to Matthew “ You are the light of the world. There is no veil that can be thrown over us. The hatred of men, the esteem and love of men, the unspeakable blessedness of seeing others led by our influence to worship God (ver. Furthermore, there is no reason to suppose that God would allow a wicked world to stand if it were not for the faithful remnant remaining in it and remaining faithful to God. (W. M. I. Every man influences all about him, and receives influences from them, and if there be not more exports than imports, he is a poor creature at the mercy of circumstances. Singular holiness is required of such; as those that quarter arms with the Lord Christ, whom they serve in the gospel. The allusion may have been to Jerusalem, which stands upon heights, and is the emblem of the Church. “But,” said he, “there was one argument in favour of Christianity, which I could never refute-the consistent conduct of my own father.” (Anecdotes.). Hilary: Or, the Lord likened the Synagogue to a corn-measure, which only receiving within itself such fruit as was raised; contained a certain measure of limited obedience. Christians are the bearers of this light into all the ends of the world. We, who belong to the holy city, would willingly escape from out of the light, if we could. 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. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." Terms of Service. We know too well how helpless and hopeless we must look to those who judge Jesus Christ by us. The world is dead, Christianity its salt. The stand for the lamp is the Church which bears the word of life, and all ecclesiastical persons. (Dr. J. So in us there should be nothing of evil to draw away men’s eyes from the light and fix them upon our imperfections. Of this Dr. Thomson (The Land and the Book, vol. Nay, as if to avoid the august title which the Master has appropriated to Himself, Christians are said to “shine” - not as “lights,” as our translators render it, but - “as luminaries in the world” (Philemon 2:15); and the Baptist is said to have been “the burning and shining” - not “light,” as in our translation, but “lamp” of his day (John 5:35). (D. Fraser, 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. Christian consistency. "Ye are the light of the world. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. A psalm declares âGreat II. A. Thus the world, placed beyond the pale of the knowledge of God, was held in the darkness of ignorance, till the light of knowledge was brought to it by the Apostles, and thenceforward the knowledge of God shone bright, and from their small bodies, whithersoever they went about, light is ministered to the darkness. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 4. ‘A city set on an hill.’ Yes, the city is there with its baptismal gate and its sacramental table. Safed is truly a high tower, on which to set the watchmen of Zion. (S. . Their song, like that of the cuckoo, is a constant repetition of their own name, and the listener is wearied with its iteration. Â. Jesus had in mind a specific city on a hill, Jerusalem. Safed is truly a high tower, on which to set the watchmen of Zion. You are like light. (Note that as with an attempt to hide the city, the idea would be ridiculous). 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