Why does Jesus want us to be like salt, what is the significance/characteristics of salt that can be applied to our Christian lives?
Salt is a preservative and Christians are to preserve the faith.
Salt contains 2 chemical elements such as (a) sodium, (b) chlorine thus its chemical symbol as NaCl (sodium chloride), the quality of a salt as preservative for meat especially is to delay its quick decomposition by the bacteria within it, thus the salt has the capability release electrical bolt to paralyze temporally the virus/ bacteria within aside from using them as seasoning. Thus Christ compare as to a salt, once our life being Christ-like it cause people to notice our life differently from them and they being reproved as we do righteousness for Christ, they are being at halt in their worldly practices once we are around them.
Thought I’d share the footnote from my study Bible for Matthew 5:13.
Because of its preservative powers, its necessity for life, and its ability to give flavor, salt had religious and sacrificial significance ( Leviticus 2:13; see also Numbers 18:19; 2nd Chronicles 13:5). To eat salt with someone meant to be bound together in loyalty. As the salt of the earth, Christians are preservers of God’s covenant and give true flavor to the world.
Good question. What’s the context in which jesus said it? I forgot. As a savory?
Here’s a verse commentary from an early Church theologian.
He shows that those who have been educated for the faith and in heavenly wisdom ought to remain faithful and steadfast and not “lose their taste.” If they forsake the faith and divine wisdom, they either plunge headlong into heresy or return to the folly of unbelievers. And so Jesus says, “But if the salt loses its flavor, with what will it be seasoned?” For people of this sort, made tasteless by the devil’s treachery and having lost the grace of faith, are good for nothing. Though they once might have seasoned nonbelievers still foreign to the faith with the word of divine preaching, they instead showed themselves useless. Judas Iscariot deteriorated into this sort of useless salt. After he had rejected divine wisdom, having changed from an apostle into an apostate, he not only did not help others. He became wretched and useless even to himself.
– Chromatius of Aquileia (407 AD)
The natural state of a perishable thing is to rot. We, on earth are perishable, both physically and spiritually.
Salt (as a preservative) keeps perishable things from perishing or rotting.
Rot is the physical representation of sin. Rotten things contaminate other perishable things. Rotten things give a foul oder. Rotten things become “irredeemable” and “lost” to us. Salt can keep perishable things from going bad.
Our presence as Christians is like Salt in that can help those around us from succumbing to sin and to the stinking, and contaminating rot it brings into the world.
It means to not be wimpy lol
Burkitts commentary…i kinda liked it.
Our blessed Saviour here compares Christians in general, and his ministers in particular, unto salt, for. double reason.
First, Because it is the nature of salt to preserve things from corruption and putrefaction, and to render them savoury and pleasant. Thus are the ministers of Christ to labour and endeavour by the purity of their doctrine, to sweeten putrifying sinners, that they may become savoury unto god and man, and be kept from being flyblown with errors and false doctrines.
Secondly, Because salt has an acrimony,. piercing power in it, which subdues the whole lump, and turns it into its own nature. Such. piercing power is there in the ministry of the word, that it subdues the whole man to the obedience of itself; Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another; that is, let all persons, especially ministers, retain. seasoning virtue in themselves, that they may sweeten and season others, even all that they converse with; and as salt has an uniting power, and knits the parts of the body salted together, so the upholding of union and peace one with another, will declare that ye have salt in yourselves.
Learn hence, That it is the duty of all Christians, but especially of the ministers of the gospel, to maintan brotherly concord and agreement among themselves, both as an argument of their sincerity, and an ornament to their profession.
It means we (should) attract people to the Living Water and avoid lowing savor by being passive
During Jesus time salt was used not just as preservative for food (Christianity had been the preserver of civilization from barbarism), it’s also used as part of the remuneration of Roman Soldiers of the empire, this is the etymological root of the word salary. When the salt lost it saltiness, it also lost its preservative & flavor enhancing value, it also would lost its remunerative value, it would then be used as backfill material for the Roman Roads of the empire so that their chariots & cavalry would have better movement. It is in this context that Christ used the symbolic meaning of us Christians as “Salt of the Earth”…of what used would we be if we could not be preservers of a rotting society because of fallen man. For 2000 years, the Judeo-Christian ethics had preserved human society but now the return to barbarism has happened…a case in point, when the US Constitution removed prayer & the Bible in schools, the erosion of values occurred, we have abortions, mass shootings,…etc…
Christians should stand out to the world. They don’t usually. We are meant to be a peculiar people, but it’s hard to tell most Christians from the world, except for an hour or two in Sunday.
Read how the salt was used in old testament times it’s a good study
Ever eaten saltless bland food once, twice, for a lifetime? If one is a tasteless Christian, he or she is not going to be very effective for the Kingdom – however, salvation is by grace alone through faith alone.
In context salt does add favorable flavor. But as many have pointed out in the day salt was the preservative of choice as they did not have refrigerators.
Need the electrolytes. Good for the bod
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