The Salt of the Earth by OK8PcmV

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									Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Purity
                 – To the Romans, salt was the purest of
                   all things because it came from the
                   purest of all things, the sun and the
                   sea
Matthew 5:13        The Salt of the Earth
               • Purity
                 – Salt was a part of the Jewish sacrificial
                   system
                    • Everything offered had to be pure
                      "covenant of salt“ - Lev 2:13; Num 18:19
                    • Because of its purifying qualities

                   Also a was considered a pledge of fidelity
               Eating salt sign of an everlasting covenant
                   The Salt of the Earth
               • Purity
Matthew 5:13

                 – Christians, as the salt of the earth, are
                   to be examples of PURITY and have a
                   PURIFYING effect on the world around
                   them - Titus 2:12-14
                   • Evelyn’s boss liked to tell dirty jokes, but
                     knew she did not approve.
                   • It used to be gutter language was not
                     spoken around women, children.
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Purity
                 – Standards of the past are being
                   lowered and destroyed
                   • Honesty - at work, school, even in the
                     church
                   • Morality - abortion, fornication, adultery
                   • Family life
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Purity
                 – We MUST hold diligently the purity
                   God has established - Titus 3:8, Jas
                   1:27
                   • Not only for our own sake
                   • But for the whole world's sake
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Preservation
                 – Salt was used to help preserve things;
                   hold back decay
                   • Curing meats and other foods
                   • Plutarch: (a Greek biographer of Paul's
                     day); "Meat is a dead body and if left to
                     itself, will go bad; but salt preserves it
                     and keeps it fresh and it is therefore like
                     a new soul inserted into a dead body."
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Preservation
                 – So then salt preserves from corruption
                    • Christians are to have an "antiseptic"
                      influence on life (fight corruption)
                    • “A Galilean peasant, with a few of His rude
                      countrymen who had gathered round Him,
                      stands up there on the mountain, and says
                      to them, ‘You, a handful, are the people who
                      are to keep this world from rotting, and to
                      bring it to all its best light.’” (Nelson Smith)
                    The Salt of the Earth
               • Preservation
Matthew 5:13

                 – One way of being a preservative is the
                   putting off of God's judgment.
                     • Noah's righteousness saved the human
                   As long as there was some purifying
                       race
                     • 10 righteous would the saved Sodom
                 influence, God sparedhave nations, but
                       and Gomorrah; 1 will departed, that
                  when all godliness had save the world
                     • The wheat are saving the tares until
                  nation fell (i.e. Israel, Judah, Babylon,
                       judgment - Matt 13- 2 Pet 3:9
                          Nineveh, etc)
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Preservation
                 – It is not merely being proclaimers of
                   the Word that will preserve but WE
                   MUST BE DOERS of it to have it affect
                   society - Rom 12:2, Jn 8:31-32
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Enhances
                 – Salt is used to enhance the flavor of
                   foods
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Enhances
                 – Christianity is to life what salt is to
                   food...enhances
                    The Salt of the Earth
                      Are we guilty of
Matthew 5:13
               • Enhances
                  – Often people have picture
                  portraying a thought of
                    Christianity as doing exactly the
                     of Christianity as
                    opposite.
                     • Oliver the vividness
                  takingWendell Holmes
                     • Robert Louis Stevenson
                           out of life? ministry
               “I might have entered the                if
               “I have been to church today, and am not
               certain clergymen I knew had not looked
               depressed.”
               and acted so much like undertakers.”
Matthew 5:13       The Salt of the Earth
               • Enhances
                 – As the salt of the earth, we are to
                   enhance life, not destroy it - Jn 10:10,
                   Phil 4:4, 1 Jn 5:3-4
                   • It is a blessing to be a Christian, not a
                     curse
                   • It is the way to get the most out of life,
                     not the least

								
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