|Matthew 5:13-16 |
13 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its savor, with what shall the earth be salted? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out, and to be trodden underfoot by men.1
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. [After you are freed from all sin and translated into the kingdom of God, then the morning star (Jesus) rises in your heart, then you have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light, then you share in the inheritance of the saints in the light, then you are walking in the light as Jesus is in the light, then God will have made you to become a child of the light, and then you are the light of the world; through your walking and speaking in obedience to God's continual directions, you will show the world the wisdom, love, and power of God. From the Word of the Lord within: "We demonstrate the love of God to the earth." This verse could have been translated from the original Greek just as correctly to be: "You are to be the light of the world." Jesus said, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world," John 9:5.]
15 Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. [When a believer enters the kingdom and becomes a child of light, walking in the light, his light will shine brightly in the darkness of the world. There is no such thing as a secret, true Christian, who has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, in union with God, to become a light. God does not hide his lights of the earth. In 17th Century England, when tens of thousands early Quakers entered the kingdom, the Lord said to George Fox: "If only one man or woman were raised by his power, to stand and live in the same spirit that the prophets and apostles were in who gave forth the scriptures, that man or woman should shake all the country in their profession for ten miles round," (and with automobiles, that distance is much greater today.)]
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. [When you have been delivered (freed) from the sins and evil in your heart, God's light will shine forth in your heart, to guide your thoughts, words, and works. God makes us a fit instrument for his hand to direct in works of love, to show the world the love of God, to shake the nations, and to hold out the word of life. God's works are performed by his people with joy, knowing all their words and deeds are perfect and virtuous, which bring honor and glory to God, and which shows true righteousness. The purpose of becoming a Christian is to do works according to the will of God: so that thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven. Mat 6:10]
1 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its savor, with what shall the earth be salted? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out, and to be trodden underfoot by men. From George Fox's Journal:
the Lord said to me, ‘What people trample on must be your food.' And as the Lord spoke he opened to me, that people and professors trampled on the life, even the life of Christ was trampled on; they fed on words, and fed one another with words, but trampled on the life, and trampled under foot the blood of the son of God, which blood was my life; and they lived in their arrogant opinions talking of him. It seemed strange to me at the first, that I should feed on what the high professors trampled on; but the Lord opened it clearly to me by his eternal spirit and power.
When men do not speak words as prompted by the Spirit of God, when they speak from their carnal minds, when they give their vain opinions as to what the Bible means; they are trampling on the words of Christ, destroying the true meaning, destroying the life in their listeners, and trampling on the blood of Jesus — because they are speaking without life, they are speaking lies, they are speaking errors, they are speaking from the Spirit of Satan instead of the Spirit of Christ. They don't understand that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin if we walk in the light as he is in the light. 1 John 1:7. Those speaking from their carnal minds, (not speaking from words taught and supplied by the Spirit), are ministers of Satan, transformed [masquerading] as ministers of righteousness. 2 Cor 11:14-15; and they don't know they are Satan's ministers; they think they are Christ's, even though Christ never taught or trained them, never perfected them, never authorized them, never gifted them with the ministry, never sent them to preach, and never told them exact words to speak.