“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
We can be confused between Jesus clear teaching here, that we must shine for Him, and His command in 6:3, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – how do we shine if we don’t show what we’re doing?
It’s all about context! That’s why it’s so good to be in a home Bible Study, where we can together explore and grow and shine. And to join every Sunday at Church for full corporate worship and teaching. Glory happens!
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
What a wonderful message we have from Paul to all who are in Christ Jesus that we are not subject to final punishment and judgment. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all involved in setting us free from the law of sin and death.
Let us rejoice always but especially every Sunday in this truth, as we hear the Word of God preached faithfully and truthfully. Let us love one another as Christ loved us. Your presence here today is a great encouragement for your brothers and sisters in Christ and especially for the preacher.
True freedom only comes when we love the Lord Jesus as our Saviour.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. If that isn’t worthy enough of our worship, He gave up His glory to dwell amongst us. And then died for us, paying our debt so that we may be reconciled with the Father.
This is who we worship. This is our God! How awesome is He.