Matthew 5:13 - You Are The Salt Of The Earth.

Matthew 5:13 (NIV) 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 men. 

Mat 5:13 (CWB) If you hold on to these 
values (the beatitudes just discussed), you will be 
the salt of the world.  But if you let go of 
these values, youll be like tasteless salt.  
What good is tasteless salt?  The only thing to 
do with it is to throw it out onto the road for 
people to walk on. 


Salt speaks of inward character that 
influences a decaying world; light speaks of the 
outward testimony of good works that points to God. 
Our task is to keep our lives pure that we might 
salt this earth and hold back corruption so that 
the Gospel can get out. Our good works must 
accompany our dedicated lives as we let our lights 
shine. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

Tasteless salt and hidden light are good for 
nothing! Salt arrests decay in our world, and light 
banishes darkness. Salt is hidden, but light is 
visible. Both are needed in the world, and both must 
give of themselves in order to serve. [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 


   Salt was kind of a big deal in the first 
century. In fact, it was so important and valuable 
that Roman soldiers sometimes were paid in salt. 
Hence the expression, Hes not worth his 
   Salt can make an impact as well. A little 
bit of salt will go a long way. Salt takes 
watermelon or cantaloupe to another level. Just a 
little works on oatmeal too. Salt also stops the 
rotting process. Without refrigeration in the first 
century, people would preserve meat by rubbing salt 
into it. 
   In the same way, a disciple of Jesus can 
stop the spread of evil. When something is wrong, 
a Christian can speak up for what is right - 
in a classroom, in an office, in a 
neighborhood, or in our culture. And most importantly, we 
can speak up for Jesus Christ.  
   The greatest compliment that can be paid 
to a Christian is when a nonbeliever says, 
What is it about you? I admire you. I want to 
know what makes you tick. Youve done your 
job, Christian, because youve created thirst 
in another. 
   Jesus said, You are the salt of the 
earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall 
it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but 
to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by 
men (Matthew 5:13 NKJV). Flavorless salt is 
neither good for the soil nor for the manure pile. 
Its thrown away. Its like an espresso without 
   In effect Jesus was saying, What good 
is a halfhearted Christian? What good is a 
diluted believer? What good is a decaf disciple? 
The answer is not much. Disciples of Jesus must 
impact their culture. 
   You are the salt of the earth. This means 
that as a disciple of Jesus, you are valuable. 
Your life can make difference. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


The underlying idea in comparing citizens of 
the kingdom to salt is in its quality as a 
preservative (cf. MB 35). Before the day of refrigeration 
and other modern modes of preserving food, salt 
and spices were largely used for preservation. 
In ancient Palestine salt was used almost 
exclusively for this purpose and for seasoning (see Job 
6:6). In a similar way the Christian, by becoming 
an agent in saving others through the diffusion 
of the gospel, exerts a preserving and 
purifying influence in the world. The disciples were 
to recognize the salvation of their fellow men 
as their primary responsibility. They were not 
to withdraw from society, because of 
persecution (see Matt. 5:10"12) or for other reasons, 
but were to remain in close contact with their 
fellow men. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

   Salt must be mingled with the substance 
to which it is added; it must penetrate and 
infuse in order to preserve. So it is through 
personal contact and association that men are reached 
by the saving power of the gospel. They are not 
saved in masses, but as individuals. Personal 
influence is a power. We must come close to those whom 
we desire to benefit.  
   The savor of the salt represents the 
vital power of the Christian--the love of Jesus in 
the heart, the righteousness of Christ pervading 
the life. The love of Christ is diffusive and 
aggressive. If it is dwelling in us, it will flow out to 
others. We shall come close to them till their 
hearts are warmed by our unselfish interest and 
love. The sincere believers diffuse vital energy, 
which is penetrating and imparts new moral power 
to the souls for whom they labor. It is not the 
power of the man himself, but the power of the 
Holy Spirit that does the transforming work  
   Without a living faith in Christ as a 
personal Saviour it is impossible to make our 
influence felt in a skeptical world. We cannot give to 
others that which we do not ourselves possess. It 
is in proportion to our own devotion and 
consecration to Christ that we exert an influence for the 
blessing and uplifting of mankind. If there is no 
actual service, no genuine love, no reality of 
experience, there is no power to help, no connection 
with heaven, no savor of Christ in the life. 
Unless the Holy Spirit can use us as agents through 
whom to communicate to the world the truth as it 
is in Jesus, we are as salt that has lost its 
savor and is entirely worthless...  
   When love fills the heart, it will flow 
out to others, not because of favors received 
from them, but because love is the principle of 
action. Love modifies the character, governs the 
impulses, subdues enmity, and ennobles the affections. 
This love is as broad as the universe, and is in 
harmony with that of the angel workers. Cherished in 
the heart, it sweetens the entire life and sheds 
its blessing upon all around. It is this, and 
this only, that can make us the salt of the 
earth.  MB35-38 

   Gods people are His preserving agents 
for a world that is corrupted and degenerating 
because of sin. Your life is designed and 
commissioned by God to enhance a community and to 
preserve what is good and right. There is deep 
significance today for a godly life that is involved in 
its community. The presence of Christ in you 
makes all that He is available to others. His 
salvation can free an addict, mend a broken home, heal 
the pain of the past, restore a wayward child, 
and comfort a grieving heart. All of this is 
available to those around you as Christ expresses His 
life through you. 
   If we are not in a right relationship 
with our Lord, however, Jesus said we are like 
salt that has lost its saltiness and is, 
therefore, good for nothing. None of Gods saving 
grace and power can be dispensed through us to 
others. How do we test the saltiness of our 
life? Look at our family. Are we preserving it 
from the destructive influences that surround it? 
Examine our workplace. Are the sinful influences in 
our work environment being halted because we are 
there? Observe our community. Is it a better place 
because we are involved in it? What about our 
church? The evidence that we have been used by God 
as a preserving agent is that things are 
becoming spiritually better around us instead of 
worse. If people around us are deteriorating 
spiritually, we need to go to our Lord and allow Him to 
adjust our lives so that we can be used to preserve 
others. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and 
Richard Blackaby] 

If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no 
value. If Christians make no effort to affect the 
world around them, they are of little value to 
God. If we are too much like the world, we are 
worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone 
else. Instead, we should affect others positively, 
just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in 
food. [Life Application SB] 


   Ever smelled old, rotten meat?
   Remember forgetting for several weeks 
something you put in the refrigerator? There is an 
odor that accompanies decay that's like nothing 
else. Down in Houston where I was raised, we were 
only fifty miles from the seaport city of 
Galveston. Delicious, fresh seafood was available in 
numerous restaurants in that area - and still is. But 
there were other ways we used to use seafood, 
especially shrimp. 
   When a friend would get married, one of 
our favorite tricks was to secretly pull off the 
hubcaps of his getaway car and stuff them full of 
shrimp. It was great! Those shrimp wouldn't make any 
noise as they sloshed around hour after hour in 
the heat of South Texas. But the result was 
unreal. After two or three days of driving, parking 
in the sun, stop-and-go traffic, the bride 
(bless her shy heart) would slowly start sliding 
over closer to the door. She would begin to 
wonder if maybe her beloved groom had forgotten his 
deodorant. As the day wore on, he would begin to wonder 
the same about her! All the while, those little 
shrimp were doing their thing in each wheel. 
Finally (and sometimes they wouldn't discover the 
trick for over a week!), young Don Juan would pop 
off a hubcap - and I don't need to tell you the 
result. Old shrimp inside a hot hubcap for a week 
would make a skunk's spray seem like a shot of 
Chanel No. 5. It is gross! To keep shrimp, you must 
preserve them. If you don't, they perish. Years ago, 
salt was used as a preservative. Today, we use 
   Now, think of this earth as shrimp when 
you read these words of Jesus: "You are the salt 
of the earth; but if the salt has become 
tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no 
longer good for anything, except to be thrown out 
and trampled under foot by men" (Matthew 5:13). 
   A society characterized by savage 
violence and the darkness of depravity and deception 
will, without a preservative, deteriorate  and, 
ultimately, self-destruct. Because servants of Christ 
are like salt on society, our influence is 
essential for society's survival. 
   Are you being salty? [Chuck Swindoll 


Mark 9:50 - How Salty Is Your Character, 
Your Influence? 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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