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Light of the World (Jesus)

This article is about the saying of Jesus. For other uses, see Light of the World (disambiguation).

Light of the World (Greek: φώς του κόσμου Phṓs tou kósmou) is a phrase Jesus used to describe himself and his disciples in the New Testament.[1]


I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Jesus again claims to be Light of the World in healing the blind at birth, saying: [2]

When I am in the world, I am the Light of the World.

This episode leads into

In the

This application of “light compared with darkness” also appears in

Jesus also used that term to refer to his disciples in

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.[6]

This application of "light compared with darkness" also appears in

In the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, a used similar phrase appears:

There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.[8]

The term “Light of the World” is closely related to the parables of Salt and Light and Lamp under a bushel.

See also


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