The Kind Of Light That Glorifies GOD
- SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew
5:14-16 = "Ye are the light of the
world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father
which is in heaven."
- THE SUBJECT OF THE LESSON IS "THAT
WHICH GLORIFIES GOD"
- The Lord uses "light" as
an illustration to make it easy for us to understand
what He is wanting his disciples to know.
- Light dispels darkness:
- Darkness is removed where there
- Darkness makes possible the hiding
of things and light has all things open and visible.
Corinthians 4:5 = "Therefore judge
nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who
both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness,
and will manifest the counsels of the hearts: and
then shall every man have praise of God."
- JESUS USES LIGHT AS AN ILLUSTRATION
OF WHAT HE AND HIS DISCIPLES SHOULD BE IN THE WORLD:
- Jesus is the light. John
8:12 = "Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth
me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light
Note: Those the follow
Christ, "walking in His steps" (I
Peter 2:21), will reflect out the light of Christ
in their lives. That is why it was said of Peter, "Surely
thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth
- The Lords disciples are "
A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth
the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light:" = I
- They had come out of darkness and
now should not have any fellowship with the darkness,
but reprove it. Ephesians
5:8-11 = "For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of
light; And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness, but rather reprove them."
- The disciples must realize that in
God there is no darkness at all.
John 1:5 = "This then is the message
which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
- THUS, THE QUESTION WHAT KIND OF LIGHT
- It should be a bright pure light
that is strong and steady.
- It should be a cheerful light that
is conspicuously evident to all.
- How does Gods Word describe
the light we are to give forth before the world.
- A PURE LIGHT:
- This best shown by how the Lord wants
The Church to be before the world and Him. Ephesians
5:27 = "That he might present it
to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle,
or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without
- The weakness, frailty and imperfections
of Christians dim the purity of their light and hinder
their usefulness before the people of the world.
- They can not radiate out the light
of God "in whom is no darkness as all"
John 1:5), and be a party to the activities
of worldly darkness
- ILLUSTRATION: The abnormal
deposits (Carbon) on the wick of an oil lamp, or even
a candle, dim their brightness and render it unfit for
the best light until cleaned off.
- A STRONG LIGHT:
- A light that will endure and be dependable:
10:22 = "And ye shall be hated of
all men for my names sake: but he that endureth
to the end shall be saved." (Also see Revelation
- The kind of light implied by what
Paul wrote in Ephesians
6:10-16. Note his words in verses Ephesians
6:10-11 = "Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil."
- The kind of light that comes from
one that is grown in the Christian graces as given in
Peter 1:5-7) =[Faith, virtue, knowledge,
temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness
and charity]. Then notice Peters words
in the following II
Peter 1:8 = "For if these things
be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither
be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord
that has grown in the knowledge of our Lord will bring
forth in their life a strong light of good works that
will be productive of good and not evil before our fellowman.
- The kind of light that is not easily
moved or tossed about with strange doctrines. Ephesians
4:14 = "That we henceforth be no
more children, tossed to and for, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to
- A STEADY LIGHT:
- A light that is dependable and can
be relied upon. Acts
2:42 = "And they continued steadfastly
in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in
breaking of bread, and in prayers."
- A steady light will come from one
that is securely connected to the source of light and
that is the Lord. It can not be sort of one moment on
and the next moment off. Matthew
6:24 = "No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other,
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
- The kind of light that is both steadfast
Corinthians 15:58 = "Therefore, my
beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch
as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
- James speaks of this unreliability
this way. James
1:6 = "For he that wavereth is like
a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
Notice how this ties in with the expression of Paul
4:14 = "Carried about with every
wind of doctrine,
- A CHEERFUL LIGHT:
4:4 = "Rejoice in the Lord away:
and again I say, rejoice."
- The Christian, of all people in the
world, should be the happiest.
- To fret; To pine away; To be sad;
To be gloomy; or even to grumble should not be listed
among the characteristics of a Christian.
- An unhappy disposition has been
removed from the Christian by the prospects of a heavenly
home beyond this world of sin, pain and death.
- Peter writes in I
Peter 1:5-9 = "Wherein ye greatly
rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are
in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the
trial of your faith, being much more precious than of
gold that perisheth, thought it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the
appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye
love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing,
ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving
the end of your faith, even the salvation of yours souls"
- The Lord said: Matthew
5:10-12 = "Blessed are they which
are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye; when men shall
revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner
of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and
be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before
- A CONSPICUOUS LIGHT: (Matthew
- The presence of the light is readily
noticeable "On a candlestick".
- A light that is not hid "Put
under a bushel".
- The light we give forth is for everyone
"Unto all that are in the house".
- The light of our lives is for the
purpose of glorifying the Father "Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
- A LIGHT THAT IS EVER INCREASING:
- Solomon wrote in Proverbs
4:18 = "The path of the righteous
is as the dawning light, that shineth more and more
unto the perfect day."
- As a Christian moves onward closer
to the Lord, the light of his life will become brighter
- Paul said it this way "I
press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling
of God in Christ Jesus" = Philippians
- WHAT KIND OF LIGHT DO YOU MANIFEST
TO THE WORLD?
- IS YOUR LIGHT:
- YOUR LIFE HAS A TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE
OVER THE CHARACTER OF OTHERS THAT HELP SHAPE THEIR DESTINY.
Jehovah said through the prophet Malachi
2:6 = "The law of truth was in his
mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked
with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away
- GIVE PRAYERFUL THOUGHT TO THE LIGHT
OF YOUR LIFE AND USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED
TO REMOVE THAT WHICH KEEPS YOUR LIGHT FROM SHINING BRIGHTLY.
12:1 = "Wherefore seeing we also are
compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let
us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily
beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us."
"SEND THE LIGHT"
"LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING"
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