A CITY SET ON A HILL
Jesse M. Hendley
And now, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Matthew,
chapter 5, and today we are studying again from the Sermon
on the Mount, verses 13 through 16, "The Influence of God's
People on the People of the World." It is wonderful to know
that when we come to the Cross of Jesus, we become God's
people. There is an expression running through the Bible,
"the people of God," and I am glad today beyond words that
I am AMONG the people of God, the redeemed of the Lord,
God's saved ones. Are YOU in that group today? Do you have
the full assurance of salvation? God WANTS you to have it.
God WANTS you to be fully assured of your own personal
relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Now let's see what this influence is. We found that the
influence of a child of God is first of all, that of SALT,
in resisting the spread of corruption. We found it to be
LIGHT. That is a positive element, illuminating, making
known, the way to God and the will of God, and the walk
And now we come to the influence of a Christian from the
viewpoint of a CITY SET UPON A HILL. May I read it to you?
You are familiar with the words, found in Matthew the fifth
chapter and verse 14. "Ye are the light of the world . . .
Ye are a city, set on a hill, that cannot be hid." And He
says, "Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a
bushel but on a stand, and it shineth unto all that are in
the house. Even so, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN, that
they may see your good works and glorify your Father which
is in heaven." Your light, your good works, your Father---a
beautiful outline there.
A Christian life, in its influence, is to be as a CITY ON A
HILL. Yonder in Palestine I was returning from the Dead
Sea, and it was dark. As we came back to the city of
Jerusalem, all of a sudden we saw a little city set on a
hill, the first lights that we had seen coming up that
dark, winding ...
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