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1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1) In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) God is telling us not to be prideful and boast ...


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Check out the easy to read version (more at my level, haha ;) : Matthew 6:1-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) Jesus Teaches About Giving 6 “Be careful! When you do something good, don’t do it in front of others so that they will see you. If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “When you give to those who are ...


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In early times, salt was substantially more significant than it is today. (E.g., see the etymology for salarium at Wikipedia.) Salt has some association with holiness; it was part of the grain offerings (Leviticus 2:13 [NIV]): Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings, add ...


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Salt fulfills a very specific purpose which other more valuable things do not. One significant thing salt is used for is as a preservative. In the age before refrigeration, this was very important. To apply this symbolically to followers of Christ, it would seem that they serve to preserve the purity of the world. As it was in the days of Noah, there is ...


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First of all, it's interesting to note that in John 8:12, Jesus says, 'I [Jesus] am the light of the world," but here he says that "You [the Jewish followers of Jesus listening to Him at that time] are the light of the world." One understanding of this is that Jesus is the light source, while we are the light rays. Another way to understand it is that ...


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If you set up that kind of a false dichotomy -- that the disciples left Jesus at the end, and thus they were not believers here -- then none of the teachings of Jesus were given to believers. In the mind of Jesus, the disciples were believers in training. These were those which he had personally selected and through whom he was going to build and establish ...


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This same question popped up at the Hermeneutics StackExchange, here: Are good works supposed to be seen or not? My answer there is pasted below. While these two statements may seem self-contradictory, there is a fine line which differentiates them. TL;DR: Matthew 5:16 says you should not ever be ashamed to do God's work in public. However, Matthew ...



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