Welcome to Part 3 of The Beatitudes chapter
- Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you
- Ye are the salt of the earth
- Ye are the light of the world
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you…for my sake
There was never one who walked among men more cruelly slandered than the Son of man.
While slander may blacken the reputation, it cannot stain the character. That is in God’s keeping.
As long as we do not consent to sin, there is no power, whether human or satanic that can bring a stain upon the soul.
Therefore, God’s children can afford to wait in calm patience and trust.
For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest, Luke 8:17, and those who honor God shall be honored by Him in the presence of people and angels.
Noah was mocked as a fanatic and an alarmist. Others had trial of cruel mockings, scourgings, and imprisonment; stoned, sawn asunder, tempted, were slain with the sword; Hebrews 11:36, 37.
Thus through the reproach and persecution of His children the name of Christ is magnified and souls are saved. Moreover He is the reward for them.
I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1.
Ye are the salt of the earth
- Salt is valued for its preservative properties – God’s purpose in making His children the subjects of His grace is that they may become agents in saving others
- Salt must be mingled with the substance to which it is added – it is through personal contact and association that people are reached by the saving power of the gospel
- The savor of the salt represents the vital power of the Christian – the love of Jesus in the heart, and His righteousness pervading the life.
Unless the Holy Spirit can use us as agents through whom to communicate to the world the truth as it is in Jesus, we are as salt that has lost its savor and is entirely worthless.
Without a living faith in Christ as a personal Savior it is impossible to make our influence felt in a skeptical world. We cannot give to others that which we do not ourselves possess.
We exert an influence for the blessing and uplifting of humankind in proportion to our own devotion and consecration to Christ.
Ye are the light of the world
Christ’s followers are to go forth on their mission, diffusing the light of heaven upon those who are in the darkness of error and sin.
Jesus is the only light that can illuminate the darkness of a sinful world. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4.
It is by receiving of His life that His disciples could become light bearers. The life of Christ in the soul, His love revealed in the character, would make them the light of the world.
As Christ is the channel for the revelation of the Father, so we are to be the channel for the revelation of Christ.
It is impossible to conceal the light of Christ’s presence when He dwells in the heart. In all ages the Spirit of Christ which was in them, 1 Peter 1:11, has made God’s true children the light of the people of their generation.
Ye are the light of the world – it is Christ’s a world-wide mission to His followers.
The cross of Calvary is to be lifted high above the people, absorbing their minds and concentrating their thoughts.
Then the workers will send forth to the world beams of light as living agencies to enlighten the earth.
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