(LIGHT OF THE WORLD) Believers now have the light for as Paul wrote it was "God, Who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One Who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
(2Cor 4:6-note) Let Solomon's proverb encourage you to walk as a child of light…
In other words, from the preceding context, what does the "light" look like for those who are in Christ (and He in them cp Col -note, Ro 8:9, Jn )?
Does not the "light" which is to shine forth the character traits of the "be attitudes" Jesus has just described in Mt 5:3-12? Note that we don't have to MAKE ourselves light (or salt)!
He gave them this title, not after he had educated them for three years, but at almost the outset of his ministry; and from this I gather that the title was given them, not so much on account of what they knew, as on account of what they were.Play the soul stirring song below by the group Watermark and prayerfully ponder the "Bibliocentric" lyrics which are guaranteed to make you want to stop and praise Him…Giver of creation Bringer of salvation Word of God, Eternal Life Praise the Son of God Promised One of Heaven To bring us to your kingdom Rescued us from darkness Praise the Son of God. Jesus is saying that those who possess "spiritual light" are to be light transmitters!Therefore this verse could be paraphrased "As for you, you are the light of the world." (Wuest) Phil Newton - The "you" is emphatic in the Greek text, so that we might translate it "You, and you alone are the light of the world." We know that Jesus uses the same language of Himself in John , "I am the Light of the world." That passage speaks of light in an originative sense.He is the origin of such light so that He can add, "He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." Christians are light in a derivative sense in that the light we have comes as a result of relationship to Jesus Christ.We must "speak" the Gospel with our lives so that it will validate the Gospel we speak with our lips!