Upon a sudden grasped of the Holy Bible, I was directed to the very discoursed of Jesus where He rendered a crucial message in foremost for those CLAIMING as HIS FOLLOWERS. His sermon on the Mount brought new message relevant to this end times generation. This event in Jesus ministry is considered as His instruction purely rendered to His followers. He was warning them of the world as subject to putrefying and the history adequately proves this to be true. With that His followers have a mandate , a task to be done! Haven’t you wonder what were those “Jesus’ instructions” considered to be crucial and must be accomplished by YOU, now?
In the commentary of David Guzik, the first portion of the Sermon on the Mount is known as the Beatitudes, for him it means “The Blessings” but can also be understood as giving the believer his “Be — attitudes”. The attitudes he should “be.” In the Beatitudes, Jesus sets forth both the nature and the aspirations of citizens of His kingdom. They have, must and are learning these character traits. All of these character traits are marks and goals of all Christians; the followers of Jesus. If you meet someone who claims to be a Christian but displays and desires none of these traits, you may rightly wonder about their salvation, because they do not have the character of KINGDOM CITIZENS ! The continuation of Jesus sermon is the MANDATE TO HIS FOLLOWERS TO BE THE SALT AND LIGHT OF THE EARTH.
“SALT OF THE EARTH”:
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13 ASV
Jesus said: “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH.” Salt in those days had two primary uses. One was a PRESERVATIVE. They did not have refrigeration so salt was used as a preservative. When meat is butchered it will soon begin to putrefy because of the surface bacteria. Salt kills the bacteria and prevents a rapid putrification. The second use of SALT was for FLAVORING. Bringing out or enhancing the flavor of food. The task here are meant for you to do: Preserving a body or a thing that is decaying. Enhancing for redemption a corrupted body or a thing in this world. THE WORLD IS SUBJECT TO PUTREFYING. It did not take many generations from Adam till the earth became so corrupt that God saw the necessity to destroy it. Just a few short generations after the flood we see the conditions in Babylon where men were building a tower into the heavens and it was necessary to bring a confusion of languages to stop the rebellion of man. Not too many generations more we see God bringing fire and brimstone on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness.
Gen. 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man (was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; or the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Listen! This end times generation, LOOK how ROTTEN our world is today! There’s an urgent necessity of raising up faithful followers to be salt to retard the ROTTENNESS made by the evils in this world. They’re imposing Science as to be the great savior of mankind. The Science of Religion was hardly push through by the world elites to cover up Biblical Truths. All science has done is to bring us more effective ways of killing greater masses of people and animals as well as the destructions of nature. Science has brought all kinds of “FILTHS” into our homes, so that we are living in one of the most polluted eras of human history with a decaying human bodies corrupted by all forms of bio-geo chemicals, nano particles, filt medicines and vaccines. Jesus is saying to His disciples, “You, are to be the salt of the earth.” He intends that they be a purifying influence in this world and preserving lives.
THE CHURCH IS GIVEN A CHALLENGE BY JESUS. The Bible is clear to this: “If the salt has lost it’s savor, it is good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under the foot of man. If the salt has lost it’s tang, if it is leached out and is no more salty.” Then it cannot be effective in preserving the society from becoming putrid. It is sad, but the church lost it’s testimony when modernism came in. Rather than change the world, it began to conform to the world. The aim for Preservation of Holiness was totally been marred and erased by the self corruption. LOOKING AT SALT AS A SEASONING. So many foods can taste flat and insipid without salt. Many people’s lives are flat and spiritless. They really seem to have nothing to live for. Life has become a boring, dull and hard. They search all over for some excitment. And the world offers them all kinds of pleasure mania. People are trying to find their way out of the doldrums. Living for Jesus Christ should bring zest and flavor to life. We should bring the excitment of Jesus Christ into our world.The lives of the believer should never be dull but filled with excitment as we follow Jesus Christ. ONE FINAL WORD ABOUT SALT. IT MAKES PEOPLE THIRSTY. Just so, our lives should cause other people to thirst for a true relationship with Jesus Christ. Where are you Christians , have you lost your saltiness? (Notes Reference to Chuck Smith commentaries).
“YE ARE THE LlGHT OF THE WORLD”:
“Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 ASV
The world is in a state of darkness. As the world being in ROTTENNESS CORRUPTED BY EVIL ; the people are not always aware of darkness until light APPEARS. LIGHT provides a CONTRAST. The evil powerful elites who control the huge establishments and the government are trying to put out the light. To diminish even its glimmering and dying lights. The Christians; followers of Jesus living in this world of darkness, are instructed by Jesus to shine their lights. When you lighted a dark place; you are EXPOSING WHAT’S in there: NOT JUST THE GOOD BUT THE BAD AS WELL. Don’t just stay in your lighted comfort zone, for you’re like Lighting a candle then putting and hiding just under a basket. Use your light to let people see how they were covered and engulfed by darkness. Don’t be selfish to keep Jesus in you, use the FAITH you have in Him to give hope to those who are made blinds by the evil people in darkness. Though how dying your small light of FAITH is, but it’s crucial when you are in the midst of darkness for you can lead the WAY OUT OF IT.
HOW ARE WE TO BE THE LIGHT? What does light do? EXPELS darkness and REVEALS that which were otherwise hid by darkness. How can you expel darkness if you are savoring the deceptions that entangle you to stay not in the Light of the Truth? The knowledge of the world offers solutions for your wretch doomed life. Philosophers, scientists, educators, and statesmen have failed. The more they shut down the light, it keeps on shining brightly. You and you alone are the light. Ordinary Christian knows more about the Light as you receive Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” The outshining of Christ through us.He not only gives us light, He allows His light to shine forth through us by having an intimate relation to Christ.
David Guzik commented: “Salt is the opposite of corruption, and it prevents corruption from getting worse. Light gives the gift of guidance, so that those who have lost their way can find the path home”. Jesus gives Christian, His followers both a great COMPLIMENT and a great RESPONSIBILITY when He says that we are the light of the world, because He claimed that title for Himself as He walked this earth (John 8:12 and John 9:5). Many Christians lose their “flavor” and become good for nothing; turned to be corrupted by the world as well. All believers must have that instinct to protect and preserve lives. The darkness had blinded them and so lose their connection to the Light. This end times Jesus is calling all His followers to be like the wise five virgins always ready for their lamps to be lighted to meet the Bridegroom, ( Matthew 25:1-13). Let the Holy Spirit fills you to abounds the oils in your lamps. Where are you Christians? Let us preserve lives, grab them out from the world’s bodily corruption and decay. Let us shine the path of those who are blinded for them to see the WAY out from the darkness! PRESERVE LIVES and EXPOSE THE EVILS GROWING IN DARKNESS!
“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me may not abide in the darkness.” John 12:46 ASV
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”Lamentations 3:40 NIV
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”Jeremiah 32:27 NIV
3 comments on “Jesus asks: Where are you Salt and Light of the Earth?”
I fear too many citizens of the world have been brainwashed and are mostly pagan, not at all loving and worshiping God in the name of Jesus Christ! If this is true then humanity is in the downward spiral to annihilation.
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Very true. I pity them. Let’s just keep doing what pleases our Savior. After all, there’s no limit of what He can do.
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Yes Sally I agree; I do pity them and of course we must pray that they open their eyes, if they will only hear His voice in their hearts, and turn away from the many illusions or deception that now plague this world. Amen.
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