The Salt of the Earth
Jesus speaking directly to His disciples said “Ye are the salt of the earth.” What did He mean? Why are His disciples “Salt” while others are not?
The true disciples of Christ are those who sit at His feet to learn and to keep the whole Word of God (Mat 4:4); to live as Christ lives and to seek with all their hearts, to be ONE in complete unity with Jesus Christ and with God the Father!
God’s Word is the salt of godliness which preserves all who keep it, to eternal life, and when God’s Word is in us and we live by every Word of God, we become the salt of God’s Word in the earth.
It is the Word of God in the faithful, and it is their burning passion to internalize that Word and the nature of God that makes them the SALT of the earth!
Salt makes something that is otherwise bland and unpalatable [as in spiritually lukewarm, Laodicea]; pleasant and acceptable to God.
The spiritual lukewarmness of Laodicea so disgusts our Lord that much of the spiritual Ekklesia of these last days will be vomited out [rejected] by Christ; because they have rejected any zeal for Him.
It is the SALT of zeal for the whole Word of God, that makes the true faithful children of God; the Salt of the earth. In other words the salt of the earth consists of the passionately loving and faithful, who follow and live by every Word of our God.
Jesus spoke to His disciples, and not only to the disciples of the first century, but to all of His disciples who would come over the ages. Calling them the “Salt of the Earth” if they passionately love Him and live by every Word of God.
Jesus said that those who lived by every Word of God were “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.”
He told His disciples sitting around Him on the mount that day, and by extension to all those who would be reading these words in the Holy Scriptures later; that if we are faithful to live by every Word of God then we are salt and the light of the world.
Each person who has made the choice to follow Christ in living by every Word of God just a she did, is the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk [to follow his example and live], even as he walked [lived and lives].
Salt represents the Word of God which is salted in the faithful.
Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat [unleavened bread] 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.
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.
Salt is a well known preservative and its presence in the unleavened bread offerings and association with the Covenant represents the eternal nature of the Word of God, and the faithful being the salt of the earth refers to their example of godliness on the earth.
Our day to day behavior, living holy lives with godly righteous conduct, and having strength to resist evil, is the spiritual “salt” which makes this evil world worth saving.
Matthew 5:13 “but if the salt have lost his savour [if we have lost our godliness we are good for nothing except destruction], wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”.
The converted can lose their salt of godliness if they allow indifference, carelessness, laziness, disobedience, tainted teachings and the false traditions of men to take over and rule in their lives; and if their is no salt of godliness left on the earth, then the earth is not worth saving.
If we are not on guard and we are not diligently applying ourselves to obeying God and His whole Word; we too can become contaminated and lose our salt of godliness. We are then good for nothing in the spiritual sense.
Jesus gives us a clear warning, telling us to be zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
If we find that the saltiness [godliness] within us has become tainted or contaminated; whether it be with things and habits of this world, or false teachings and traditions that are contrary to the true teachings of the Bible; we need to sincerely repent and seek God’s help to change.
If we lose our zeal for the Word of God, we lose our saltiness of godliness and we become good for nothing except to be destroyed with the wicked.
In these latter days many things are being restored. Many teachings that we had thought were true and based on solid Biblical doctrine have now been shown to be in error.
We should be searching our Bibles and asking God for understanding, and seeking his help to prove all things from His Word and then change if we find error.
We are never to blindly follow those who tell us that only they know the truth, and that we should not look into what they teach us (just do as we are told by them); instead we need to search the Bible diligently to see if they are teaching the truth. Be like the Bereans and search out and see if what they say is true or not.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
There is still time to repent, (if we do not die tonight) and to ask God for forgiveness and then to commit ourselves to sin no more. Let God restore us to the purpose for which we were called; to be the salt of godliness in this present evil world.
We have the responsibility to rebuke sin in ourselves and in the culture that surrounds us.
True godly love and concern means that we rebuke evil when we see sin, diligently teaching and living the righteousness of the Word of God; in our own lives.
James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
If we have the salt of zeal for God’s Word within ourselves, we will take a strong stand for God’s truth and righteousness and we will live by every Word of God. If others reject us and turn away from us, (and most people will) we must not let them deter us from remaining steadfast to God’s Word and ways until the very end.
At some point in the future, those who disdained us for being spiritual salt, will come to see that it was because we maintained our salt of godliness in the earth, that the world was saved from utter destruction.
1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
If we remain faithful through these turbulent and trying times and in the days ahead; not letting persecution from our friends, and from the world turn us back; then we have an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, which will not fade away, being reserved for us (stored for us) in heaven.
1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
If God did not have any disciples filled with the salt of godliness to act as preservative agents against sin and evil on earth (and to rebuke it), then eventually the whole earth would be destroyed by the wickedness upon it.
Likewise, if no one in the spiritual Ekklesia of God were willing to take a stand and speak out against the sin and error that has crept into the brotherhood, it too would come under a total curse (absolute destruction) and be completely unprofitable and good for nothing, except to be trodden under foot and destroyed.
Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness [if we have lost our salt of godliness], wherewith will ye season it? Have salt [God’s Word] in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
The Light of the World
In Judea in those days, candles were unknown, and they used lamps burning olive oil for light. Later in Europe the translators commonly used candles and did not use oil lamps, and not understanding the meaning of the burning of oil for light, they translated lamps as candles.
The Temple Lamp stand consisted of a stand with seven branches; each one burning pure olive oil by a linen wick to provide light. This pictured the oil as the Holy Spirit burning within the zealous for God and His Word; being a light to the world.
If we are zealous to follow the Spirit of God into all truth, which truth is the whole Word of God, and if we are enthusiastic to receive the truth with joy to do it; then the light of our godly example will shine brightly as a beacon of godliness to all those around us!
Today in this lukewarm age, where zeal for God is rejected by most; the responsibility for each person to be zealous and passionate to set an example of wholehearted godliness remains.
Do not be overcome by the lukewarmness that surrounds us, but be as Passionate as the Shulamite [Song of Songs] for our Husband in waiting!
Let us be a LIGHT and example of godliness, no matter what others think of us; for our espoused Husband is full of love and passion for His faithful beloved Bride!
Soon He will come to lift us up and take us in His loving arms!In the meantime let us do our job faithfully, and work dedicatedly to internalize His nature to become one with Him! Becoming the “Salt of the Earth” and the “Shining Light” of example for all!
In the fourth chapter of the Book of Matthew, we read that after Jesus was baptized, He was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. After successfully defeating the temptations of Satan, Jesus left Nazareth and went to dwell in Capernaum that lies in the regions of Zebulon and Nephthalim. This fulfilled a prophecy of Isaiah. It was at this point in Jesus’ life that He began His earthly ministry.
Matthew 4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
After teaching the beatitudes in the sermon on the mount; he then taught that if they would be faithful to the Word of God, then they would become the salt of the earth through their faithfulness to God’s Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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. 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 5:16 Let your light so shine [of godliness] before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells His disciples, “You are the light of the world.” And as that light we are to be an example of godliness to the whole earth by being filled with the salt of the whole Word of God; so that by internalizing the word of God, we ourselves become the salt of the earth. the Christian is to counteract the power of sin by taking a stand against it.
We are to take the salt of God’s Word into ourselves, and then through living by every Word of God we become a shining light of godly behavior. As light, we are to illuminate or make visible the ways of God and to shine forth those ways as an example for others to see.
Our lives are to be an on-going example and witness to the reality of God’s presence in our lives, and by our example we show what God requires of humanity, and the way that leads to eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
The Greek word for light in this verse, is phos from phao (Strong’s #5457) and means to shine, or to make manifest, also illuminousness, an illuminator, brilliancy, fire, light.
When we obey all of God’s commandments, His ordinances, statutes, precepts and judgments, others see how we live and we become like a city set on an hill which cannot be hid.
We must realize that it is not really our light, but the Light of God the Father and Jesus Christ that others see shining brightly in our example as we live by every Word of God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
In Philippians, Paul also tells us that as believers, we are to shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Our light of godly conduct should be a shining example to encourage others to also seek the knowledge of God’s truth and His way of life. Our motive for letting our lights shine should be only for God’s glory.
Psalm 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Throughout the scriptures darkness is used as an allegory of ignorance and spiritual blindness; while light is a reference to the light of spiritual understanding. We see that at the creation of this present world, the earth was in darkness and God brought light to the earth.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
As light casts out darkness, the spiritual light of God the Father and Jesus Christ and an understanding of the Word of God given by Christ through his reconciling sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit, casts out the darkness of spiritual ignorance.
This analogy of light is found in the Menorah or lampstand in the Temple, which pictures the pure olive oil as an allegory of the Holy Spirit burning in the lamps to provide light in the darkness of the temple; as the Ekklesia are to be a Holy Spirit led light of godly example to humanity, through their godly zeal to live by every Word of God, powered by the Holy Spirit.
In reference to the ceremony of light in the Temple as inspired by God’s Spirit, on the beginning of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus said that the Ekklesia were to be like the brilliant light of the physical temple on the holy hill.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, [lamp] and put it under a bushel [basket], but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In the second temple era Ezra and Nehemiah established the temple service, and from that time at sunset on the beginning of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles the worshipers descended to the Court of the Temple where great preparations had been made before the Feast.
Before the Feast four golden Menorah lamp-stands of seven branches each, were set up and against them rested four ladders, four youths of the priesthood, each with a pitcher of oil capable of holding one hundred twenty log. (one log is about 1/2 liter; about 4 liters to a gallon; so that is 120 divided by 8 =15 gallons approx)
At sunset as the Feast of Tabernacles began, the Menorahs were lighted and there was a great light shining all through the temple courtyard, the temple area; and shining so brightly on the temple hill, that you could see it from far outside the city!
That blazing light from the temple was what Christ referred to in his instructions to his disciples; that they should be a brilliant light on a hill [the temple mount], in their example of zeal for the whole Word of God!
This was all prepared before the holy day and as the flaming torches were lighting these olive oil burning lamps, the Levites sang songs of praise, playing harps and lutes and cymbals and trumpets and instruments of music of all types and they stood upon the fifteen steps [15 psalms of degrees (Psalms 120-134) were written by David for the Feast of Tabernacles to be sung on these steps.] which led down from the Court of Israel to the Court of Women.
They sang the fifteen Songs of Degrees [Ascents] in the Book of Psalms, standing on these fifteen steps, standing with their instruments of music and singing these hymns while two priests with trumpets or shofars in their hands at the Upper Gate which led from the Court of Israel to the Court of Women.
As the sun set they blew three blasts of the trumpet, and as they reached the tenth step they blew another three-fold blast. And as they entered the court itself they drew another three-fold blast on the shofar, and they trumpeted as they advanced each step of the fifteen steps until they reached the gate which opens to the east, which is the Beautiful Gate, it is the eastern gate.
And as they came to the eastern gate they turned around towards the west to face the Holy Place, so they would no longer face the east. They turned to face the west which is the Most Holy Place and they prayed, “Our fathers who are in this place, they turned their backs upon the sanctuary of God and their faces were turned toward the east which is the rising of the sun [the ancients engaged in sun worship. They worshiped toward the rising sun, they were pagan sun worshipers.] But as for us, we have turned our eyes towards the Eternal” to the West. Let the reader understand.
The Illumination of the Temple was regarded as a part of, and having a symbolic meaning in the Feast of Tabernacles, as was the pouring out of water ceremony. And the light shining out of the temple into the surrounding darkness and in Jerusalem and the temple the light was so bright that it lit up the whole city from on top of that hill, so that it was seen from a great distance.
Isaiah 9:2, The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
That prophecy was about Christ and we read in the Book of John, beginning at chapter one, that Christ came and He was the light of the world, but the people rejected Him.
This fulfillment of Isaiah through that ceremony in the temple symbolized that great light which was to shine upon Israel, the light of Messiah and godliness. The priests and scribes, Ezra, these people knew Isaiah, and they knew that this great light was going to shine out of darkness. So they set up this ceremony, looking forward to that light.
Isaiah 60:1 Arise and shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:
People who are in spiritual darkness due to a blindness and ignorance of spiritual things, ignorance of God, and enslavement and bondage to Satan; will have their eyes opened to the light of God in due time.
. . . but the Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light and the kings to the brightness of thy rising.
This is talking about the soon coming of Messiah to be the light of the world, and His light is to be shed on the whole world including the Gentiles. Israel will turn back to God and the Gentiles will be drawn to that great light and they shall seek God and be turned to Him.
John 8:12. Jesus said, I am the light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus Christ is the whole Word of God which was inspired by Him in the scriptures, Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the whole Word of God is God’s light in print; while spiritual blindness and darkness.is rebellion against, or anything contrary to the whole Word of God.
This physical light and physical darkness, is an analogy of spiritual light and spiritual darkness. And the spiritual light is Jesus Christ and every Word of God which is Christ in print.
This light came when Jesus began his ministry on the earth, and it is coming again in a much greater way and in a greater fullness when He comes again and establishes the kingdom of God over all the earth.
This ceremony was to represent the light of God being made available to ALL nations and all people during the millennium and in the latter harvest of humanity!
Then after the millennium, at the time of the main harvest of humanity; all those who have lived and died not knowing God, and not living by every Word of God, will be resurrected in their order, during their courses for the full seven days or seven thousand years of the Feast of Tabernacles and brought into the family of God.
During the millennium and after in the main harvest, men will see the light of Christ and the ways of God and the commandments of God shining forth from Jerusalem. As it is written, the law shall go forth from Jerusalem and the Word of God from the temple—paraphrasing here.
And after that, when the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven; the LIGHT of God shall fill the whole earth FOREVER!!!
John 9:1 [On the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles] And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Through the healing of this man, the works of God were made known to everyone.
9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, [that is, the works of God the Father] while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, [said Jesus] I am the light of the world.
The Father and the Son are the Light of the World, casting out the darkness of ignorance, wickedness and evil. Those who reject the truth are also rejecting the light of godliness.
9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 9:7 And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Siloam is the pool which was the source of the water for the water pouring ceremony.
This is about the light of TRUTH saving humanity from the darkness of ignorance, slavery to sin and death!
The Ceremony of Light is about the Light of the whole Word of God; which is opened to men by repentance and the application of the reconciling sacrifice of Christ; it is about those who repent and go on to sin no more, being zealous for the Word of God and shining in an example of passionate godliness for all to see!
The Light Ceremony is about those who persevere and overcome, who will be changed to spirit; becoming teachers and leaders, helping to provide the Light of God and the Light of the Word of God to all humanity during the millennium and then in the main harvest of humanity, bringing humanity into a relationship with God the Father, and reconciling all people to the Father through the teaching of the truth, sincere repentance and the reconciling sacrifice of Christ.
The holy days of the seventh month represent the reaping of the main harvest of humanity and the bringing in of the main harvest into the temple and family of God.
Isaiah speaks of Messiah in this way:
Isaiah 42:6, I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people for a light of the Gentiles;
Now who did the Father give to establish the covenant with the people? His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins so that we could be reconciled with God the Father. This is a prophecy of Christ.
And what else will Christ do?
42:7 To open the blind eyes, which was illustrated at the Feast by Christ healing the blind; eyes, that healing was a symbolic act. This man was blind from birth, not because of any sin, but so that Christ could heal him and demonstrate to the world that He would at the appropriate time when He returns, open the blind eyes of humanity to the light of God. To call people to God, to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, to bring them to repentance, to teach them the ways of God, to apply himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity and to reconcile a repentant humanity to God the Father.
The Lamb of God came to open the blind eyes as an allegory that he would open the eyes of those blinded by spiritual darkness and ignorance; spiritually blinded and enslaved by Satan and
. . . To bring out the prisoners from the prison [deliver people from bondage to sin] , and them that sit in darkness [spiritual ignorance] out of the prison house [of death and the grave],
That is, the light liberates humanity from the darkness of spiritual ignorance and from the bondage of spiritual Egypt, from the bondage of Satan.
Christ was to deliver all people who were imprisoned and in bondage to Satan in this world. He is going to bring them out, put away Satan, deliver all people and from the spiritual darkness of blindness and ignorance, from bondage to sin; into light of righteousness, a light of truth, a light of deliverance that the people can come to, for their deliverance.
The light of Christ is also the whole Word of God, because the whole Word of God is Jesus Christ in print. It was all, every word of it, inspired by Jesus Christ. I am talking about as originally written. Obviously there are a few details in translation that we have to figure out, but if we put all scriptures on the same subject together, with the Holy Spirit we can understand, given enough time and God’s Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world! and if we do not accept that light and instead choose our own false traditions, we have rejected the Light of the knowledge of God and the Light of Truth; for spiritual darkness, spiritual ignorance and spiritual blindness!
Let us all be zealous for the whole Word of God and be quick to repent of any departure from the Truth and Light of the Word of God; that we may be a shining light of example to others, that they might do the same thing and exalt the Eternal above all else!
The early harvest of first fruits have been called into the marvelous light of godliness, and in due time all nations will also be called into that light!
O house of Jacob, come ye,
and let us walk in the light of the Lord.