Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 16, 2022

Salt

“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 underfoot.” Matthew 5:13

In the old days salt was used as a preservative, not for taste, as pastor Ryan Faust points out. Jesus is comparing Christians to salt – we preserve the world by our morality. If we become corrupt, our children will suffer and have less children. The bible is clear that moral people last generations upon generations but wicked people die out after a few generations.

“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Is Jesus preaching works? Yes and no. Real faith inevitably generates good works, or as Jesus sometimes says, good fruit. We are saved by faith, but good works will create blessings in the next life.


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