Jesus, in “His sermon on the mount” which is also known as “The Beatitudes”, revealed a very interesting and prophetic principle contained in the two parables known as “The Similitudes”. So, what is a “similitude”? Webster’s Dictionary says a “similitude” is a person or thing that resembles another; a counterpart or a facsimile. It is the form or likeness of some person or thing. It is a simile, a similarity, likeness or resemblance. These two “similitudes” are found in Matthew 5:13-16 (please read). Notice the comparisons in verse thirteen, we are compared to salt and in verse fourteen we are compared to light. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth”, but are we salty or just fine, white granules? Salt purifies, preserves and heals. Salt makes a difference or brings change to whatever it is added to, but if salt is not salty it becomes of no use and is thrown away. The second similitude is in verses fourteen through sixteen. Here Jesus says, “You’re the light of the world.” In verse fifteen Jesus mentions “a lamp” and “a lampstand”, but a lamp and a lampstand by themselves can’t produce light. What good is an empty lamp on a lampstand? The lamp must have “oil” and “fire” in order to produce light! In this similitude, we are the lamp, the oil is the anointing of the Holy Spirit Himself, and the fire is the Power of God and the burning Holiness of God! I believe prophetically Jesus was speaking of the time in which we now live, a time of a great out pouring of the Holy Spirit that will enable and motivate His vessels, His people, His church to do greater works, signs and wonders and truly become the salt of the earth and the light of the world!
Forever Following Jesus,
Gary Pittman, Pastor