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. 


Salty in a Good Way
   Salt is good for seasoning. But if it 
loses its flavor, how do you make it salty 
again? (Luke 14:34 NLT). 
In the Roman culture, salt was extremely 
valuable. It was so valuable, in fact, that salt was a 
form of payment - hence the expression, Hes 
not worth his salt. 
   Jesus said, Salt is good for 
seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make 
it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither 
for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is 
thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen 
and understand! (Luke 14:34-35 NLT). 
   Jesus was saying that youre valuable, 
and your life makes a difference. On the other 
hand, what good is salt that isnt salty? Its 
like Christians who arent making an impact on 
their culture. 
   Obviously, salt makes a difference. A 
little pinch of salt in something can help enhance 
its flavor. Among other things, salt stimulates 
thirst. When youre eating popcorn during a movie, 
for instance, you realize that youre really 
   In the same way, when youre living a 
godly life, you should stimulate in others a 
thirst for Jesus Christ. People should be able to 
look at your life as a believer and know what you 
stand for and what your convictions are. It also 
should cause them to want what you have. 
   So when Jesus said that we are the salt 
of the earth, He was saying that our lives 
should make a difference wherever we are. 
   Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, 
Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the 
result of our ministry among you. This letter 
is written not with pen and ink, but with the 
Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on 
tablets of stone, but on human hearts (2 
Corinthians 3:3 NLT). 
   We are the only Bible that some people 
ever will read. I hope that were pointing them 
to Jesus. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


All who would present themselves "a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God" (Rom. 12:1), must 
receive the saving salt, the righteousness of our 
Saviour. Then they become "the salt of the earth," 
restraining evil among men, as salt preserves from 
corruption. Matt. 5:13. But if the salt has lost its 
savor; if there is only a profession of godliness, 
without the love of Christ, there is no power for 
good. The life can exert no saving influence upon 
the world. Your energy and efficiency in the 
upbuilding of My kingdom, Jesus says, depend upon your 
receiving of My Spirit. You must be partakers of My 
grace, in order to be a savor of life unto life. 
Then there will be no rivalry, no self-seeking, 
no desire for the highest place. You will have 
that love which seeks not her own, but another's 
wealth.  DA439 

Hearts that respond to the influence of the 
Holy Spirit are the channels through which God's 
blessing flows. Were those who serve God removed from 
the earth, and His Spirit withdrawn from among 
men, this world would be left to desolation and 
destruction, the fruit of Satan's dominion. Though the 
wicked know it not, they owe even the blessings of 
this life to the presence, in the world, of God's 
people whom they despise and oppress. But if 
Christians are such in name only, they are like the 
salt that has lost its savor. They have no 
influence for good in the world. Through their 
misrepresentation of God they are worse than unbelievers.  

   You know, theres nothing more pathetic 
than a Christian who has lost their testimony. 
Its even worse than a person who never had one. 
   On his way to Tarshish, Jonah lost his 
testimony. He ran from God and boarded a ship going in 
the opposite direction. And when a violent storm 
hit, the Bible says the mariners were afraid; 
and every man cried out to his god (Jonah 1:5 
   Meanwhile, Jonah was asleep. The captain 
found him and said, What do you mean, sleeper? 
Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will 
consider us, so that we may not perish (verse 6 
   Somehow the others on board determined 
this storm was Jonahs fault. And when they 
questioned him, Jonah admitted, I am a Hebrew; and I 
fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the 
sea and the dry land (Jonah 1:9 NKJV). 
   Jonah didnt deny his faith. He may 
have been a prodigal, but he still was a 
believer. And he was busted and exposed as someone 
running from God. They said, Why have you done 
this? (verse 10 NLT). 
   Sometimes nonbelievers have more faith 
than believers do. And sometimes they understand 
what we believers are supposed to believe better 
than we understand it. 
   Its a bad thing when a nonbeliever 
calls us out on our behavior. Its a bad thing 
when a non-Christian says, Excuse me, I 
thought you were a Christian. And the hardest 
thing of all is when theyre right. 
   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). 
   Salt that isnt salty is, well, 
worthless. And a Christian who isnt following Christ 
is pretty worthless too. [Chuck Swindoll 


In casting salt into the bitter spring, 
Elisha taught the same spiritual lesson imparted 
centuries later by the Saviour to His disciples when 
He declared, "Ye are the salt of the earth." 
Matthew 5:13. The salt mingling with the polluted 
spring purified its waters and brought life and 
blessing where before had been blighting and death. 
When God compares His children to salt, He would 
teach them that His purpose in making them the 
subjects of His grace is that they may become agents 
in saving others. The object of God in choosing 
a people before all the world was not only 
that He might adopt them as His sons and 
daughters, but that through them the world might 
receive the grace that bringeth salvation. When the 
Lord chose Abraham, it was not simply to be the 
special friend of God, but to be a medium of the 
peculiar privileges the Lord desired to bestow upon 
the nations.  PK231,2 


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



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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