SHINING THE LIGHT (1)

“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 the 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” – Matthew 5:14-16

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ is light and he in the believer makes the believer light. 

Jesus in the above text lets us know that we are the light of the world. In John 8:12 and John 9:5, he had called himself the light of the world. So, by calling us same here in Matthew 5:14-16, it thus shows us that as he is, so are we. He is light, and we are light. He is the father of light and we are children of light. Having seen that Jesus is the light and that he has made us lights, then our light shining before men for them to see our good works will not be fundamentally a conduct text as many suppose it to be. Having seen that Jesus is the light and that he has made us lights, then our light shining before men which is the same thing as “Arise and shine” in Isaiah 60:1 will not be about good conducts shining since conduct is not the light but the person of Jesus who is light and has made us lights. But many have spoken this scripture (Matthew 5:14-16) to be about conduct; that is, as a believer misbehaves, they’ll tell you let your light shine before men, and most often what they have in mind is your good conduct as a believer shining before other believers. But this interpretation is not adequate.

If he says “Let your light so shine before men”, it will thus connote that men don’t have the light. And these men here can’t be the believers because believers are of the light and are lights, so interpreting it as good conduct before other believers is out of place here. If the light relates to Christ and salvation by implication, then it will take salvation to have the light. So the men that he says our light should shine before will be the men without the light; men destitute of the light and thus, in need of the light. And he calls the shining of the light good works, and that’s not conduct vested. Making the light of salvation available before the unsaved men in order to get them saved is good works in this context. So, faith in Christ makes us lights, conducts doesn’t make us light. However, as we walk in the light, in our nature or in the spirit, good conducts gain ascendancy over bad conducts; bad conducts decelerate while good conducts accelerate. This is called spiritual growth, and it is what corrects behavioural misconduct. Good conducts does not make you a light, Jesus makes you light; but as you walk in the light (your nature), conducts changes gradually in alignment to your nature. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You are light, walk in the light.

CONFESSION: I am begotten of my father who is light; light is my very DNA. Therefore, I walk in light.

QUOTE: Christ in you is light in you.

DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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