how does the christian influence this world?

(Mat 5:16 NKJ)     

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

1 .metaphorical .spiritual. light from god. Christ. and spirit – filled human beings shine forth. illuminate. show things as they really are

(2Co 4:6 NKJ)
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

1 .literally give light. 2 be bright. 3 lamp shine. 4 lightning flash

1 .the world can be divided into two kinds of people

A .first there are the believers who in the beatitudes are called blessed. indwelt by god because of Christ

(Mat 5:3 NKJ)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(Mat 5:4 NKJ)
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

(Mat 5:5 NKJ)
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth

(Mat 5:6 NKJ)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

(Mat 5:7 NKJ)
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

(Mat 5:8 NKJ)
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

(Mat 5:9 NKJ)
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

(Mat 5:10 NKJ)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven

(Mat 5:11 NKJ)
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

(Mat 5:12 NKJ)
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

they are the people who realize their spiritual helpless.show sorrow over sin. and who are meek-or balanced between extremes. hungry for’s righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, ridiculed, persecuted, or slandered because of Christ. Jesus compares them to salt and light

B .the other group consists of the unbelievers of this world. they are proud. 

self-sufficient, and do not understand their own unrighteousness before a holy god.

ll .the believer influences the unbeliever by what he is. not by what he has.

A .Christ did not say. you have salt and light to dispense. but rather “ye are the salt. ye are the light. of the world

(Mat 5:13 NKJ)
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

(Mat 5:14 NKJ)
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

the believer’s very presence in the world acts as salt and light.preventing corruption and exposing error.

B .being blessed means having god’s nature within

(2Pe 1:4 NKJ)
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1 .because of Christ, the believers is no longer fornicators. nor idolaters, nor drunkards,

(1Co 6:9 NKJ)
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals1, nor sodomites,

rather. they” are washed

(1Co 6:10 NKJ)
nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

(1Co 6:11 NKJ)
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

indeed. they are a peculiar people

(Tit 2:14 NKJ)
who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

who are observed by unbelievers, the world translated “peculiar is which means” who constitute his possession” it is the difference in their character which distinguishes them

C .blessed means not only indwelt by god because of Christ. but also being fully satisfied having obtained peace with god through Christ, the believer is more fulfilled than if he had all the world as his possession

(Mat 16:26 NKJ)
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

(Luk 9:25 NKJ)
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

seeing the believers’ contentment despite poverty and physical suffering, the unbelievers are amazed

(2Co 6:10 NIRV)
We are sad, but we are always full of joy. We are poor, but we make many people rich. We have nothing, but we own everything.

it may even cause them to see their own lack of spiritual security in spite of worldly good

(Rev 2:17 NKJ)
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”‘

lll .the believer must interact with this world of corruption and darkness in order to act as salt and light.

A .just as salt is derived from the earth. so every believer is to remember that he is earthly

(2Co 5:1 NKJ)
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

however. in Christ he becomes” free from the law of sin and death

(Rom 8:2 NKJ)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

there by. he acts as a preservative in the decaying world around him. should he lose his Christ – likeness. his savor

(Mat 5:13 NKJ)
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

he would no longer be any use       

 B .LIKEWISE. THE BELIEVER IS LIGHT BECAUSE CHRIST IS THE WORLD   

(Joh 8:12 NKJ)
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

he can only reflect Christ’s light. therefore. Jesus. admonishes him. let your light so shine before men. that may see your good works. and glorify your father which is in heaven

(Mat 5:16 NKJ)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Joh 8:12 NKJ)
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

will be completely transformed by Christ. the believer’s life should manifest the beginning of that transformation

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