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May 14, 2017


Phil Weingart

If I may make a small adjustment to the distinction you made last week, between Matt 5:14-16 ("Let your light shine before men...") and Matt 6:1 ("Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them..."):

The former statement addresses what one does. The latter addresses why one does those things.

We are to do good things, and it's supposed to demonstrate the character of the Father; that's what the entirety of Matt chapter 5 is about (including the Beatitudes. Ask me how if you're interested; it's a pretty fascinating topic).

But we are not to do those good things FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING SEEN BY MEN. That's what Matt 6:1 says literally. We're do to good works but with pure motives, because we're serving God, not men. Matt 6, the entire chapter, exhorts us to serve the right Master, and warns us against serving the wrong masters--reputation and anxiety.

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