Wednesday, July 6, 2011


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 
(Read: Matthew 5:13-16).

16 Jesus drives the metaphor home. His disciples must show their "good works"-i.e., all righteousness, everything they are and do that reflects the mind and will of God. And others must see this light. It may provoke persecution (vv.10-12), but that is no reason for hiding the light by which others may come to glorify the Father. Witness includes not just words but deeds as well.
    Thus the kingdom norms (vv.3-12) so work out in the lives of the kingdom's heirs as to produce the kingdom witness (vv13-16). If salt (v.13) exercises the negative function of delaying decay and warns disciples of the danger of compromise and conformity to the world, then light (vv.14-16) speaks positively of illuminating a sin-darkened world and warns against a withdrawal from the world that does not lead others to glorify the Father in heaven. {Zondervan NIV BIBLE COMMENTARY Volume2: New Testament}. JESUS IS LORD.

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