Difficult Inconvenient Truths #003 – part 2 “light”

This message is a continuation from the previous

 

Matthew 5:13 – “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

 

I had pointed out when Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth that is referring to a person who is keeping faith and covenant relationship with God.

I had also explained how the message reflected both a warning against apostasy and an encouragement to keep faith.

 

Keep preaching Jesus

Be living witness of Jesus death and resurrection

Proclaim Jesus is the Messiah who fulfilled the promises of God to save us.

 

Now let’s look at what Jesus said next to continue the message

 

Matthew 5:14-16

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.

 

God’s word is true light

This light of God’s truth is our source of life.

When Jesus starts preaching “repent, for the kingdom of God has come”, people were drawn to this bright shining light in a world of darkness.

 

John 1:4-5 – In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

We are called to continue the preaching ministry of Jesus.

But when disciples of Jesus stop preaching the Gospel, the light of God’s truth is prevented from shining forth.

With regards to Gospel outreach which must include preaching and teaching of the word, what become difficult with regards to the message of Matthew 5:14-16

 

“good works”

 

There are people who will magnify deeds over words to the extend preaching and teaching of the word becomes marginalized or even side-lined. And have made the church become no different with secular charity organizations.

 

The church is the only entity here on Earth commission by Jesus to preach the Gospel

 

Charities organizations have no obligation to preach the Gospel.

We are called to preach the Gospel!

So what should we do?

 

The preaching of the Gospel always goes hand-in-hand with good deeds.

 

The preaching of the Gospel takes priority in Christian ministry, only that we must back it up with good deeds!

In our days, there are religious harmony groups that prevented public preaching of the Gospel though emphasis on charity deeds only.

We should be aware in certain cases public prayers in Jesus name have been halted for the sake of religious-harmony and political-correctness

 

Christians are called to foot the bills for charity deeds and banned from preaching!

 

Are we being fair to Jesus?

Jesus went to the cross, shed His blood for us, and gave us instruction to preach the Gospel.

Should we be put to silence by religious-harmony and political-correctness?

 

Jesus was persecuted for preaching the Gospel

We will be persecuted for preaching the Gospel

 

We should know Christian groups who engage in both preaching of the Gospel and good deeds, shines more bright for Jesus.

While the world gets darker, we need to shine brighter for Jesus

 

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

Why do we need a lamp?

Because we live in a dark world!

Who do we need light in our path?

Because the light of God’s truth show us the path to eternity!

 

Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

 

Therefore Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16

 

You are the salt of the earth

 

You are the light of the world. …

 

You are people of covenant relationship with God

You are people of God’s light and truth.

 

We are people of faith here on Earth!

Therefore everywhere we go we bring with us this hope and life in Jesus.

 

Everywhere we go we let the light of Jesus shine, so that those who live in darkness may see the light.

 

Isaiah 9:2 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

 

Matthew 4:16 – the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

 

Colossians 1:5 – because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,

 

Towards the end of Jesus public ministry, when He said to us is important. In John 15, during the last supper, Jesus gave us instruction to abide in Him

What does it mean to abide in Him?

 

To be living witness Jesus is the way to eternal life

To testify Jesus is our Lord and Savior

To keep faith and covenant relationship with Jesus

 

After Jesus resurrection, what He said to us is even more important

 

“Go make disciples of all nations”

 

2 Corinthians 5:20 – Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

 

We are salt and light means we are ambassadors for Christ.

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Faith

(Romans 3:21-26)

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.

For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.

This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

This faith Paul referred to has everything to do with Jesus.

 

Faith is about our trust and confidence in Jesus …. and we need to know what had Jesus done and how to response.

 

This faith mentioned in Romans centered on Jesus redemption for humanity.

We will not know in details what Jesus had done to save us if we don’t hear and study and believe what had been published and made known about Jesus and God’s salvation plan for humanity.

 

We could not understand anything about faith, if God had never revealed it to us through Jesus.

 

Faith is not a personal emotional issue, not a human idea.

 

Faith in Jesus is a God-given gift.

 

Faith is a God-given ability to trust that God will save us and guide us as according to His promises.

This faith needed to be received by responding to the Gospel message, although God have already provided

 

(Matthew 7:7)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

 

God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus has been made available but we need to ask to receive.

This faith in Christ reveals to us God’s standard and provision of righteousness to save us and to redeem us from death and eternal lost.

The Old Testament Law and Prophets taught us great details about righteousness, and we knew by our own self we do not have what we needed to receive eternal life. The requirements of the law which is set by God revealed to us the one and only perfect sinless person who has the ability to present atonement sacrifice for sin and will be accepted.

 

Jesus offered his entire self as atonement for our sin.

Jesus death, burial and resurrection from the dead, is the infallible proof he is God’s appointed Messiah.

 

(Hebrews 10:12)

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God

 

Our faith in Jesus is based on the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Our faith in Jesus is based on Jesus’ fulfillment of God’s will in totality and completeness.

Jesus is our redeemer, our savior, our hope.

 

(Hebrews 10:19-23)

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,

20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful

 

Therefore we focus our attention on Jesus and abide in His commandments.

 

In-His-Service

David Z