Saltless Salt

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Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Jesus Christ is very good at taking volumes of knowledge and putting it down into a sentence.  To impart a vast amount of knowledge and put it in such precise illustrations.

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

So much knowledge but yet it’s capsulated in a parable.  It is the privilege of you and me to take these capsulated sayings that are full of huge dimensions like a seed is full of an oak tree and to get into that and understand all the DNA, all the information within this small capsule.  It is our privilege to do such things. 

I thank the Lord for his simple word that even a child can understand. Yet it is so that the wise of the world can’t comprehend it. The beginning word ye, who is he talking to when he is preaching on the sermon on the mount?  He is speaking to all sorts of people but the you referred to here is not necessarily the people but what is described in the previous verses.

Jesus’ Famous Sermon

Matthew 5:3 Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Notice how he changes who he is addressing now;

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Who is the you?  He describes some characteristics.  The poor in spirit, the meek, the poor in heart, these people are the salt of the earth.  We see Jesus describing his own characteristics, the characteristics of the father.

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Was Jesus poor in spirit?

2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Jesus Christ made himself poor.  He made himself have a great need and that great need was his father in heaven.  He hungered and thirsted after him.  He had a need.  Poor people have needs and Jesus had a need.

Blessed Are They That Mourn

The smallest verse in the bible says and Jesus wept.

Blessed Are the Meek

Jesus says I am meek and lowly in heart.

It says blessed are they that thirst and hunger after righteousness.

Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger and Thirst

Recall the woman at the well.  Jesus was journeying a long way from Jerusalem and he comes to this well at lunch time.  He was walking with his disciples and he was thirsty and a woman comes and he asks can I have some water to drink?   While he was there the disciples went off to get food as Jesus was thirsty and hungry.  The whole town came out to see Jesus;

John 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

They had come back with food and Jesus was busy ministering.

John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him [ought] to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

The question is, did Jesus get any food?  No.  Did Jesus get the drink of water that he wanted from the woman?  No.  But was he satisfied?  Yes.  Blessed are they that hunger and thirst.  Here was Jesus doing the work of the Lord giving salvation to others and he was satisfied. These are attitudes are nothing less than the attitudes of Jesus Christ.

Blessed Are the Pure In Heart

Was Jesus pure in heart?  It says we should be pure even as he is pure.  When it came to the people he was talking to the unconverted, it says the heart is desperately wicked, above all things, who can know it? The pure in heart are those who have had a heart change.

Blessed Are the Peace Makers

Jesus was the prince of peace.  Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness sake. Jesus said if they persecuted me, they will persecute you. The beatitudes are the attitude of Jesus Christ and the people who have this are blessed and they are the salt of the earth. Jesus speaks again of salt;

Mark 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt [is] good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

What is Jesus equating salt to?  If it is saying you are the salt of the earth it is talking about those born of God.  What does it mean to be salt?  Every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.  Have salt in yourselves and peace with one another.  Every sacrifice of the Hebrew economy, did it have salt?  We can see what God had expressed in this symbolism.  Jesus wasn’t saying anything new in the Sermon on the Mount, he was expounding on what was taught of old.

Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

How many offerings?  With all thy offerings.  There was salt even in the offering of wheat.  It was to be offered with salt.  The burnt offerings of lamb and goat were offered with salt.  The shewbread was offered with salt and even the incense.  Salt had to be offered in every service of God.

Numbers 18:19 All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it [is] a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.

The Covenant of Salt

In the Hebrew custom they used salt to perform the marriage ceremony.  Salt is made up of how many elements?  Two.  Sodium and chloride.  One has a positive and one has a negative charge.  They come together and are so stable. They love each other.  It can’t explode on you, it is not aggressive it is stable. When it comes together they love each other and it is symbolised in the marital relation of male and female coming together and it is stable.

In the marriage ceremony each company was to take a vial of salt of their own and the groom was to have a jar of salt as well.  Those two salts at the time of ceremony were to be poured together crossing over each other into the unified bowl.  All the grains of salt crossed over and mingled into one bowl.  They could only divorce if they could get their bits of grains of salt out of the bowl.   It was so intertwined that there was no ability to separate it any more.  Till death do us part?  That was the tradition of their culture.  But the salt also had symbolism in relations to enemies and friends. It is still practised today in Palestine that when there is a problem both lick the same bar of salt and the term is, is there salt between us?  Jesus said have salt in yourselves and peace with one another as the covenant of salt was the covenant of peace.

Salt is the blending of two elements together.  One is negative.  Chlorine is green and stinky.  Isn’t that like us?  We are green and stinky and always negative. This world is so negative that in the electrical terms when you want a negative charge you call it earth because that is what earth is, always a negative but God is wanting to put a positive with us, it is called the divine nature.  He brings salt, Jesus Christ God with humanity, with one being.  Who is the salt of the earth?  Is it Jesus?  He said you are the light of the world but isn’t he the light of the world? Jesus in the beatitudes was giving a display of the character of God.  You are partakers of the divine nature and you have a positive charge with a negative charge and it neutralises all your problems. What God is promising to do?

2 Chronicles 13:5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, [even] to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?

David was given the kingship over Israel and his sons.  Who was the son of David?  Jesus Christ and the kingship that comes to Jesus Christ was forever as there was a covenant of salt made up on it.  Jesus came and connected with us and became our king, the second Adam, the ruler of this planet.  This is the covenant that I would dwell in and walk with them and be their God and they would be my people. That was the covenant given to Moses and Abraham.  From the seed of Abraham everyone would be blessed. Salt was used in every department of God’s orchestration.

Mark 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Jesus knew what had been done in the past of intermingling the two in one.

Mark 9:50 Salt [is] good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Jesus is describing that salt is to be in you and it is to effect others.  Jesus and the covenant of salt and peace he made;

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

What is lacking to make them aliens?  Christ or without Christ it says.  If you don’t accept Christ, you are not part of Israel.  Without Christ, we are aliens.  It’s just like chlorine, if you don’t have Christ you are just a green negative stinky thing, it’s all you are.

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

He brought two elements and put them together and he made peace.  When you look at a negative and positive, are they opposite?  Yes.  Through Jesus Christ he is bringing them together and he is making salt and they connect so well.

This word both is talking of Jews and gentiles.  Both need to come to God.  Was there a problem between Jews and gentiles?  Absolutely there was a wall of partition.  Is there a problem with someone else in the church of a different character?  Perhaps you have a problem with different races of the world.  When Jesus brings different people of the world he is bringing man and man together reconciling both unto God.

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Did Jesus Christ only bear in his body the Jewish sins?  He bore the sins of every nation kindred and tongue of people.  In Jesus there is an incredible unity in this salt.  It was to symbolise that two can become one.

Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Jesus had to come and preach the salt message to both Jew and gentile as they both didn’t get it.  In Jesus there is a unification of your nature with divinity.  In Jesus divinity rules humanity.  When Jesus says have salt in you what is he saying? Have the divine nature rule in you. When we look at these two elements, sodium in our body gives our body the ability nutrient into the cell.  If you don’t have salt you will die. In Europe there was a salt famine from a flood and there was no salt and many people died because of a salt famine.  Unless you have salt it can’t take nutrients into the cell.  If you don’t have chlorine you can’t absorb salt.

There are nutrients going around in the sacrifices, the shewbread, the sacrifices in information but without the salt it was a form.  Don’t let salt be lacking in your service to God.  You can sing wonderful hymns, read amazing scriptures but not one nutrient will go into your cells. What is the point of it?  Food is wrecked because of the lack of salt.  So with the scriptures all the nutrients are gone.

Ye Are the Salt of the Earth

It is good for nothing.  This peace that we are to have with one another is the salt that is to be in us.  Salt can blend in different flavours of food and it tastes nice.  The divine nature is the only way you can have unity with one another, it is impossible otherwise.  Have salt in yourselves. Are you having problems with other people?  Have salt in yourselves, have the divine nature in you. This divine nature is manifest in God’s people.  Was God manifest in Jesus?  Phillip says show us the father. Jesus said;

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Show us the Father?

If we are to walk in Jesus footsteps and someone says show me Jesus and if you say haven’t I been with you so long can’t you see him?  We are to work the works of God.

God Made Jesus Palatable to Us

Why has God bestowed upon humanity the work of God?  He wanted to connect these two elements as sodium by itself will kill.  If you eat chlorine on its own it will kill you.  If God was to come without humanity could he save anyone?  If he didn’t come into humanity we would all drop dead.  God had to come in humanity to make it palatable to us.  Without the divine nature is chlorine good for us?  Could God send some prophet who was through and through with no divine nature but would that save us?  Can the arm of flesh save?  It has to be the atonement of Jesus to make any sense in your life.

You are the salt of the earth if you have Jesus in your heart so when people see your good works they will glorify the Father in heaven.  Salt is pure.  It has some amazing properties to cleanse and heal.

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Did you notice in the ye are those who accept Christ?  They are the salt being the divine revelation of man of the earth which means it is to be spread abroad.  Are you the salt to yourself?  You are the salt of the earth.  There is one lesson we need to learn and the reason why God disposes something upon you or me. Why does God give saltiness to the salt?  Can you imagine this planet and ocean without salt?  Salt can preserve.  In fresh water lake there is allot of algae but in the ocean not as much.  Salt is for the purpose of blessing something else.  You are the salt of the earth.  Why has God wanted to dwell with you?  Just to make you his special friend?

There was a man many years ago and his name was Abraham.  The record of Abraham is that he is the friend of God.  Abraham had the covenant of salt.  But yet there is no recorded that they physically did the salt thing as you don’t have to do the salt thing to be salty. The everlasting covenant was giving to Abraham. Salt can last forever.  If you find a salt mine under the earth how long has it been there?  it is just as fresh as the day it was put there.  it is everlasting, it doesn’t go off. Abraham was given this covenant and the Lord chose Abraham.  Was it to be his special friend?  Is that the only reason?  What was Abraham chosen for?  To be the special medium, the medium in which God wanted to dispose his whole blessings to the world.

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Who has been justified by faith?  The heathen.  Did Abraham partake of the divine nature yes or no?  Christ said Abraham saw my day and was glad.  Abraham partook of it in its depths so he would bless the earth.  Abraham was given this promise for the sake of the whole world.  Why are you given spiritual gifts?  For yourselves?  for the sake of the whole world. T hat is why we have gifts.  Not for ourselves but for others.

Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

If you partake of that blessing, blessed are.  Blessed are those who have the divine nature, you are blessed with faithful Abraham.  You are the child of Abraham.  God says I will make your seed like the sand of the sea.  Does that have salt in it?  If you don’t have salt, are you the seed of Abraham?  Yes or no?  What was Jesus lesson to the Jews when he was speaking?  If the salt loses it savour, wherewith shall the earth be salted?  How shall the nations be blessed?  A salt crystal has many elements and if you take the sodium chloride it still looks like salt.  The sodium chloride which is the divine human nature of Jesus Christ, if that is taken out of the worship we have, is it good for nothing?  Is a form of religion useless?  Absolutely.

Jesus is speaking to the Jewish nation and us today, if the salt loses its flavour wherewith shall it be salted?  I read that it being the earth but when I read it again, my wife read it that wherewith shall the salt have its saltiness again?  If the salt loses its saltiness how can you salt anything? How can earth be blessed if humanity doesn’t partake of the divine nature?  If you go to someone and you want to minister to them with no divine nature can you help them?  You can’t Jesus calls it the blind leading the blind.

But if you have salt, it does amazing things.  In Sodom and Gomorrah God said if there are 10 grains of salt in the city I will save it.  That was Lot, just one.  The angels that are going to smite the earth, trees and land say hold till the servants are sealed.  If it weren’t for God’s people this earth would already be destroyed. The divine nature in humanity has a preserving power.  It also has the ability to create thirst.   How do you make a horse drink salt?  How do you make someone want Christ?  You need the divine nature in you.  People look at each other and at Christians who argue and say I don’t want to be like that as there is no thirst.  But when a soul has the divine nature and you are seasoned with salt, it makes others thirsty.  They then go to the well and drink of the living water.

There are many reasons why salt can help.  When Jesus says you are the salt of the earth, but if the salt lost its flavour.  Can salt lose its saltiness?  Have you ever gone to the cupboard pulled the salt out and it doesn’t taste salty? We don’t know it as much as we have refined salt.  In Jesus time there was the dead sea with much salt but they had to ignore the salt on the surface as they had to go deeper.  Sodium and chloride can be dissolved.  Salt can hold the look of salt but it has been dissolved.  The dirt and moisture takes the saltiness of the salt.  But while ever kept away from the elements of the world, salt will always be salty. In the last days perilous times shall come, men will be lovers of themselves having a form of saltiness but denying the power thereof.  They have a form of Godliness but no power.  To have a form, to have a system of religion without Godliness, without the power of God, is useless.  To have a church committee meeting and disfellowshippments without salt it is useless.   If the salt has lost its savour, it is cast out.  It is put on the street.  You can’t do anything with it.

Jesus was trying to illustrate to the Pharisees that their religion was useless and today he is teaching the same lesson.  Unless you have the divine nature in everything you do, you are wasting your time.

Abraham Had Salt

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Romans 4:9 [Cometh] this blessedness then upon the circumcision [only], or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which [he had yet] being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

What is that saying?  Abraham received the blessing of the circumcision of the heart although outwardly he wasn’t circumcised so he could be the father of those who aren’t circumcised in the flesh. Circumcision is known as baptism in the New Testament.  To be baptised isn’t necessarily the issue.  It is to be salted.  To receive that which baptism represents before you are baptised, is that possible?  The thief on the cross, was he baptised physically?  No.  Was he baptised spiritually?  Yes.  So who is the child of God? Judas was baptised but he wasn’t.  Jesus said to Judas that it was better he hadn’t been born as his form of baptism availed nothing but the thief on the cross believed and it was done for him.

When we look at religious forms let us always have salt in our minds about religious forms.  Was it necessary for Abraham to be circumcised?  He was.  But he got the promise before he was circumcised to how he can be the father of the uncircumcised.  The form doesn’t do it for you but the salt, the divine nature does it for you and the baptism is just a testimony to that.  We have become like Pharisees coming to church and doing forms.  It is wrong.

Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

This promise of being the salt of the earth, is it done by ecclesiastical power or by faith in righteousness?  How do you become the salt of earth?  By joining a particular group or by having the salt in you?  By the law on the paper that says this is true, this is done in the parameters of church manual, does that do it for us?  So many times we are connected that everything needs to be done by the law but not by the Ten Commandments but by the law of ordinances.

Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, [there is] no transgression. 16 Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Worldliness disqualifies from being in heaven.  Worldliness elements if they take the divine nature from you, disqualify you from being salt.  He that is a friend of the world is an enemy with God. If you are a friend of the world, you have lost your saltiness. Is it possible to lose your salvation once you have been salted?  It is a fallacy to believe that once your are saved you are always saved.  You can lose your saltiness and then be cast out as useless.

A grape vine if it doesn’t bear grapes what good is it?  Can you build a house from it?  It’s useless.  If you had a dog that didn’t bark, what use is that?  What use is light that is dark?  That is what he says, you are the light of the world but if the candle be hid.  It is the same illustration.  How do you feel when you turn on your flash light and no light comes.  It makes no sense.  A light that is dark is useless.  What is the use of a bottle that is broken?  A wine skin that is burst?  What use is that?  Where does the wine go?  On the ground.  What is the use of a talent put into the ground? What is the use of a Christian that doesn’t affect other people’s lives?  You are the salt of the earth.  What use are we if we don’t’ affect other people’s lives?  God has given something to us not for us to keep.  In giving it we can have this covenant that is friendship to God.

May the Lord give us grace to have salt and peace with one another.

Amen.

Posted on February 20, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “But when a soul has the divine nature and you are seasoned with salt, it makes others thirsty.” – I like 🙂

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