|In ancient times, salt was so valuable that it
was used for money. In fact, our modern word salary is
derived from the word salt. The Latin word salarium means
"salt money" and referred to the allowance of salt
that was paid to Roman soldiers. Even today, in some parts of
the world, salt is one of the most prized commodities. Salt is
valued because of its properties as a condiment and
preservative, along with its essentiality to the body.
In Biblical times, salt took on a religious significance.
Apart from it being used as a seasoning for food (Job
6:6), salt had an intimate connection with the
idea of a covenant or binding relationship. Called the "salt
of the covenant", salt was used in all of the
offerings (Lev. 2:13)
and was a symbolic "preservative" of covenants (Numbers
18:19; 2 Chron. 13:5).
Jesus calls His disciples to be the salt of the earth and
lights of the world. The Old Testament prophets were the salt
of the land of Canaan; but Christians are called to be salt of
the whole earth, for Jesus said go into all the world and
preach the good news. How can a few people effect such a
large region as the world? By working silently as salt with
the gospel of Christ! Just as a handful of salt disperses its
taste throughout food, so the teaching of the gospel disperses
far and wide, penetrating and reaching the hearts of men (Acts
2:37). The salt of the gospel cleanses
the soul and preserves it from spiritual decomposition. It is
an everlasting covenant between God and true believers.
Just as salt was required in all sacrifices, so are
Christians required to be "salty," to be salt of the
earth. Mankind lies in ignorance and wickedness, in need of
Jesus! For this reason, Christ sends His believers to season
the world, through their lives and teachings, with the
knowledge and grace of the gospel! To render those who would
believe the gospel acceptable to God! Be the salt of the
|The Life in Christ
The Salt of the Earth
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its
saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer
good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by
is the salt of the earth, diffusing the hope of the gospel
into the hearts of men! Faithful
believers are a great blessing to the world because through
them, the world is seasoned with the message of eternal life!
Christians are called not only to teach the gospel, but also
to live lives worthy of the gospel (Col.
1:10). Are you salted with the grace and
goodness of the gospel? Is grace and goodness flowing through
you in what you say and do? Do men see Christ living in you?
Are you the salt of the earth?
are some practical suggestions:
Be a source of encouragement! Be known
as a person who edifies, both in the spiritual
and secular realms.
Pray for wisdom! Ask the Lord to shine
through you in all you say and do, that His
name will be glorified in your life!
Read the Word! Grow in the knowledge of
the Lord and apply Godís teaching to all
Test everything! In all you do, do it to the
glory of God! Let all your decisions be to
the praise of Jesus!
Share the gospel. Part of being the salt
of the earth
is us spreading the ďtasteĒ of
the gospel to others and to preserve the
souls of men through the hope of the
May the Lord richly bless you!
The Salt of the Earth!
I. Properties of Salt
A. It Preserves
1. Prevents corruption
a. Good antiseptic
b. Keeps away harmful microbes
2. Maintains purity
a. Preserves original form
b. Has a cleansing effect
c. Removes harmful ice, snow
3. Preserves balance, unity
a. Maintains integrity
b. Is a neutral solution
B. It enhances flavor
1. Salt makes your tastebuds dance!
2. Makes you want more of something
3. Creates a craving
C. It is influential
1. It will always be salty
2. You can count on it!
3. It dissolves and permeates
4. It will be noticed
II. How salt's properties can be
exhibited in us:As God makes you
salty you will be salt...
A. By Preserving the Word
1 Timothy 4:16
1- God has set you aside (holy)!
2 Peter 1:4
1. Prevent being corrupted by the
2. Transform yourself by renewal
B. By Preserving Peace Romans 14:17
1. In your deeds
2. In your speech Colossians 4:6
3. In your thoughts and attitude
C. By Influencing your surroundings
1. With your zeal for good deeds
2. Your desire for holiness 2 Cor. 7:1
3. Be authentic! Mark 9:50
you season your food with a spice that is totally flavorless?
Why? What is the purpose for using spices?
See To It
What is the nature of salt? What does it do?
How are light and salt
similar? How are they
different? Explain in secular and spiritual terms.
Why are Christians the salt of the earth? What
does it mean to be the salt of the earth?
How does New Testament Christianity differ
from Old Testament Judaism in terms of verse
Explain what Jesus meant by salt losing its
Chemically speaking, can salt (sodium chloride)
lose its saltiness? What do you think?
What are the characteristics of those who truly
love Jesus and His church?
How are we to be the salt? Give a modern
application of a Christian being spiritual salt.
How can we become tasteless or ďsaltless?Ē
Getting To It:
Pray for each other to be spiritual salt,
dispelling the knowledge and grace of the Lord to a dark and
lost world. Pray that each of us would never lose our
saltiness and thus become useless to God.
week's Quiet Times:
are the Salt of the Earth!
Jesus compares us to two things that are very influential:
light and salt. Whatever these two
things touch cannot ignore their presence! You can always count on them too;
they will never fail to do what theyíre supposed to do, unless of course, they
are not the real thing. This week you will learn how to be the salt Jesus says
you are, if indeed the Spirit lives in you. Read Matthew 5:13. What are
some characteristics of salt? What is salt good for? How is it influential? ďMankind,
lying in ignorance and wickedness, were as a vast heap, ready to putrefy; but
Christ sent forth his disciples, by their lives and doctrines to season it with
knowledge and grace. If they are not such as they should be, they are as salt
that has lost its savor.ĒĺMatthew Henry.
Since salt was associated with permanence, the expression "covenant of
salt" was used to emphasize the binding or permanent nature of Godís laws
(Numbers 18:19). Write Psalm
19:8 on an index card and memorize it.
Salt is a preservative. It prevents corruption from
taking place. Read Romans 12:1-2. Are you to conform to (be like) the world in what
you do? How are you to transform? Just like salt transforms everything that it
touches, so are you to transform (influence) yourself and others. What is the
purpose of transformation? Can this purpose be accomplished without
transformation? Read 2
Peter 1:4. Notice how you escape corruption by partaking of Godís
divine nature. Your saltiness is a reflection of this nature in all you do: When
you speak to your brethren, and to other people; what you read, what you watch
on TV, the music you listen to, etc... Write James 1:27 on an index card and memorize it. Are you striving to
keep yourself from being corrupted by the world?
Since salt prevents corruption from taking place, it
has a purifying effect. Read 2
Kings 2:20-21. What effect did the salt have on the water? Why symbolism
did the salt have in this miracle that the Lord did through Elisha? Think
about the purifying effect of Godís command, its influence and its permanence.
In the same way the Lord purifies you: Titus
2:14. List the adjectives of Godís people from this passage. What the
salt did to Elishaís water God does to you: purifies and makes you fruitful;
zealous for good deeds! How will the zeal for your good deeds be like salt?
Cor. 7:1 on an index card and memorize it. Does your personality reflect
reverence toward God? Is it a salty personality? Are you striving to perfect
Being salt not only involves keeping yourself pure
from the corruption of the world but also keeping Godís doctrine pure in your
heart, mind and soul. Read 2
Timothy 2:15. Being salty means being able to use Godís Word
adequately. You want to be salty enough so that people see something different
in you. Think of potato chips. You canít just have one! Now imagine if
the potato chips were incredibly saltyĺwould you keep eating? Read 2
Timothy 2:2. Being salty means being reliable in the Word; ably
qualified to teach others Godís Word, not your own word. Salt preserves.
That means it keeps things pure by making sure nothing gets into it and
corrupts it. Write 1 Timothy 4:16 on an index
card and memorize it. Are you a zingy, salty potato chip, or a greasy flavorless
influence is very powerful; just like lightís influence on darkness. No matter
how little there is of it in something, its presence is felt and noted. Its
effects are not overcome or diminished even though there might only be a small
quantity. Read again Mark
9:50. Is it possible for salt to loose its saltines? Can salt be robbed
of its saltiness? Is it authentic salt if it indeed loses its saltiness? Notice
that being salt involves preserving peace. Write Colossians 4:6 on an index card and memorize it. Knowing how to
speak to someone involves being able and willing to preserve peace and grace.
Insipid, corrupt, or obscene speech does not edify. It insults, creates discord
and opposes peace. Is your speech salty or bitter? Does your lifestyle reflect
the saltiness Jesus speaks of, or does it reflect the corruption of the world?
Do people see something different in you than what they see in others?