As the lights of the world, they are intended to illuminate and give light to others – Matthew 5: 15-16, and therefore:
- They shall be set up as lights;
The churches are the candlesticks, the golden candlesticks in which these lights are placed, that their light may be diffused, and the gospel is so strong a light, and carries with it so much of its own evidence, that, like a city on a hill, it cannot be hid, it cannot but appear to be from God to all those who do not wilfully shut their eyes against it.
- They must shine as lights;
By their good preaching – The knowledge they have, they must communicate for the good of others, not put it under a “bushel”, but spread it. The disciples must owe freely, the gift they have received – Luke 12: 3 ” Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light. What you have spoken in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. “
By their good living – They must be burning and shining lights – John 5:35, must evidence in their whole conversation, that they are indeed followers of Christ – James 3:13 ” who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom. “ They must be to others for instruction, direction, quickening, and comfort – Job 29:11 ” For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eyes saw me, it commended me: “