Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Christ’s disciples opposed to the world, and yet to transform it, by driving away its ignorance and sin. 3. Matthew 8:3 Matthew 8 And Jesus said to him, See that you tell no one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. (H. Hughes, M. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? “You are the light of the world.” As we have seen the idea comes from the fact that Jesus Himself has come as a light into the world (Matthew 4:16; compare John 8:12). Do not be as a dark lantern, burning with the shades down and illuminating nothing and nobody. Light allows people to see. 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. (Dr. A. The eyes of the world were upon them. Note also that He is the Father of the disciples, not of those who see their good works. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that … That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist. Matthew 7:7. Kindled from the Sun, they are to go forth and cast their light upon the world. We should avoid all self-display. We cannot escape. A great central storehouse of coal-gas is accumulated, and with that all the lamps are connected by a hidden system of pipes, so that each is supplied with the necessary quantity; and, as the result, we can thread our way through the intricate places of the city as easily, if not as safely, by night as by day. (3) But to a still higher reach we are conducted by the Apostle when he says to believers, "Ye are light in the Lord." 7. The Christian must show that he is earnest about religion. 1. Beecher.). (See Scofield "Matthew 4:8") 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. I. He taught them what was the evil they should abhor, and what the good they should seek and abound in. 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. We do not deceive ourselves. … What!” said the keeper, “go out, sir? It is the most successful method of illustrating truth and imparting instruction. A city. There is another side of the Christian religion—namely, that of witnessing for God in the midst of perverse generations. Theophanes, Zonaras, and Cedrenus report the like of Constans, nephew to Heraclitus, 340 years before Otho. Much might be said on that mode of witnessing Christ which consists in conforming to His Church. Taylor.). The righteous lives they exhibit and the truth they spread among their fellowmen will reflect the light that comes from the Lord. Here in the context of Matthew we may see this command statement as either closing off these few verses (Matthew 5:43-48) or as closing off this whole section (Matthew 5:17-48). 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. Light is a very common metaphor in the Bible. 2. Such conduct on our part requires no great display, for it is but conforming to the rules of the Church. It is the light of Christianity that solves the deepest questions and answers the most anxious inquiries of mankind. It is as much as if our Saviour should have said, You had need be holy, for your conversation cannot be hid, any more than a city can that is built upon a hill, which is obvious to every eye. : "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. Ye are the light of the world. We are in the light and cannot help ourselves.’. Christ Himself, is set on its stand when He was suspended on the Cross in His passion, to give light for ever to those that dwell in the Church; "to give light," He says, "to all that are in the house.". No; we are named Christ’s. A.). And the disciples would do similar works of power. 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. This is also applicable to Christians in general; and to excite them and all Christians to diligence in dispensing the salutary influences of their doctrine and example, he bade them call to mind, that a city which is set upon a mountain cannot be hid; or, that the disciples of Jesus Christ, and all Christians, being appointed to profess and preach the Gospel, the eyes of all men would be upon them, and so, their faults being by this means known and observed, might stop the progress of the Gospel: compare Philippians 3:17. 1. See Matthew 4:16; Luke 2:32; John 1:4; John 8:12; Isaiah 49:6. Matthew 5:16. If the former it has in mind the universal and all-embracing love of God described in Matthew 5:43-48. IV. This will be the result of Christian consistency. Matthew 5 In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus compares his followers to light, saying we "are the light of the world," unable to be hidden. There lies Gennesaret, like a mirror set in framework of dark mountains and many-faced hills. TO let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. Chrys. Boles said of this, "The comparison (is) between a city on a hill and a group, or church, of his disciples. What is the hill? The world did not want to be shaken out of its apathy, and would resent it. Beneath the surface of all this beauty … we find lurking the most revolting immorality. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel measure, but on the stand. Commentary on Matthew 5:3-12 (Read Matthew … A city that is set on a hill … - Many of the cities of Judea were placed on the summits or sides of mountains, and could be seen from afar. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men.” 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. Some suppose that they need not set a shining light, but keep from great irregularities. p. 50 ff. II. So the Church of God should be as a central and elevated city, visible to all the world. Verse 20. It has freely received, and it freely gives. But so soon as you put a light behind it you thereby reveal its filthiness to every beholder. (180) ὄρους, a mountain) Appositely, cf. 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. L. Alexander, Penny Pulpit, New Series, No. 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. ); the disciples mediate (Ephesians 3:9), as the mediators of His divine truth to men; and all Christians in general are, as those who are enlightened, also, on their part, bringers of light, and light in the Lord (Philippians 2:15; Ephesians 5:8). Let it be observed, too, that while the two figures of salt and sunlight both express the same function of Christians - their blessed influence on their fellow men - they each set this forth under a different aspect. 14. He taught them what was the evil they should abhor, and what the good they should seek and abound in. III. We need not be angry nor use contentious words, and yet may firmly give our opinion and be zealous towards God in all active good service, and scrupulously and pointedly keep aloof from the bad men whose arts we fear. The traveller said, thoughtlessly it may be, “What if one of these burners should go out to-night? Then the light is a joyous and happy sort of thing. (H. Hughes, M. ‘Johannes lumen illuminatum: Christus lumen illuminans.’ Aug(42) Serm. He must shine:-. We do not need to make efforts to make the light shine, it shines of its own accord. 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. And it then declares that in His true people God has brought light out of darkness because they have come in contact with the Light of the world (Matthew 4:16; John 8:12; compare also Acts 13:47; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 5:8). It stands upon a very eminent and conspicuous mountain, and is Seen Far and Near. Bede, in Loc. (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. Yet the Christian is not like the sun, self-luminous, but borrows his rays, like the moon, from a primal source. “They are placed in this rank on the condition, that they shall shine, as from an elevated situation, on all others.”. Christ begins his sermon on the mount, 1,2.The beatitudes, 3-12.The disciples the salt of the earth, and light of the world, 13-16.Christ is not come to destroy, but confirm and fulfil, the Law and the Prophets, 17-19.Of the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, 20.Interpretation of the precepts relative to murder, anger, and injurious speaking, 21,22. 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. In the East, cities are often built on hills. Christians allow the world to understand how much God loves them and what Jesus has done to restore their relationship with him. 14 Ye are the light of the world. 2 Chronicles 12:7 - When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, 'They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak. 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. II. Now the more obvious and modest way of discountenancing evil is by silence, and by separating from it: for example, we are bound to keep aloof from deliberate and open sinners. II. The parable was spoken expressly to illustrate the sentiment in the last verse of that chapter. The world would be in total darkness without them. Ambrose. This is bringing home the inevitability of their position. Oh, sir,” said he, “look at that dark and stormy sea. i., p. 152. Scripture Formatting × Scripture Formatting. If the people of God, and especially the preacher, are not behaving well the preacher preaches in vain. The scandal is, not to see religion opposed by unbelievers, but that Christians dare not maintain their religion with zeal and proclaim it as their greatest honour and glory. The true disciple’s position and calling. Be modest in other things. We should learn in them to see our own faults, and to mend them. We stand for Him. So in us there should be nothing of evil to draw away men’s eyes from the light and fix them upon our imperfections. The imagery might, however, come from the prophetic visions of the Zion of the future, idealising the position of the actual Zion (Isaiah 2:2; Micah 4:1). He subjoins two comparisons. ), A young minister, when about to be ordained, stated that at one period of his life he was nearly an infidel. Matthew 5:14-16 Bible / Bible Versions / NIV / Matthew / Matthew 5 / Matthew 5:14-16; Previous Book Previous Chapter Read the Full Chapter Next Chapter Next Book. He places his lamp upon a stand, who subdues his body to the ministry of the word, setting the preaching of the truth highest, and subjecting the body beneath it. And man's spirit had light, even the only light which can light it to its well-being—the light of the consciousness of God. 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