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What Kind of Salt Will You Be In 2002
Matthew 5:13

"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. (NKJ)  "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.  NASU 

Introduction
Sodium chloride or common salt is the chemical compound NaCl. It occurs naturally in many parts of the world as the mineral halite and as mixed evaporates in salt lakes. Sea water contains an average of 2.6% (by weight) NaCl, or 26 million metric tons cubic kilometer (120 million short tons per cubic mile, an inexhaustible supply. Underground salt deposits are found in both sedimentary and domal deposits.
Salt even arrives on earth from outer space. http://www.saltinstitute.org/15.html
 

Salt from utter Space http://www.nasa.gov/today/meteor.html   On a clear day in west Texas, on March 22, 1998, a meteorite fell to Earth and was seen by a group of boys. They picked up the stone and it made its way to the Johnson Space Center (JSC) for analysis. In a JSC clean room two days later, the grey rock was opened with a hammer. Scientists found blue and purple halite inside. Halite is a salt crystal, similar to table salt. The crystals were up to 3 millimeters (less than a tenth of an inch) in diameter. These are the largest halite crystals ever seen by scientists in any extraterrestrial material. The presence of water inside the crystals was confirmed using several forms of scientific analysis.

Jesus said Christians are SALT not SUGAR. Therefore when the world expects sugar they will not always get it from Christians.
 
 

1.    General Lessons about Spiritual Salt.  Mt. 5:13


"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. (NKJ)

MacArthur Study Bible 5:13
if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? Salt is both a preservative and a flavor enhancer. No doubt its use as a preservative is what Jesus had mostly in view here. Pure salt cannot lose its flavor or effectiveness, but the salt that is common in the Dead Sea area is contaminated with gypsum and other minerals and may have a flat taste or be ineffective as a preservative. Such mineral salts were useful for little more than keeping footpaths free of vegetation.(1)

Ryrie Study Bible
v. 5:13 salt preserves, creates thirst, and cleanses.

First, salt functions as a preservative. It is an antiseptic which performs the function of preventing meat from becoming rotten and corrupt. In tropical countries where there is no refrigeration, people rub salt into meat to keep it from going bad.

Illustration
Many of you grew up with a smoke house were meat was kept. It was salted to kept it from decaying.
In the same way, when Christians come in close contact with the sinful people of the world, the world is kept from progressing further into unspeakable foulness.

Second, salt is necessary for flavor. Without Christians and the gospel they proclaim and practice, this world would be more insipid.

Illustration
How many of you like pop corn? How many of you like it without salt?

There is no true flavor found in the World's System. There is no true joy found in this world. Only the company of Christians gives flavor and joy to the world.

Third, salt also was used as a fertilizer. Christians must function in a way that promotes the growth of that which is good in the world.

The spread of Christianity is directly related to Christians living a consistent Christian life in this world.

Fourth salt causes people to become thirsty.

In the same way, Christians should cause people to thirst for Jesus Christ and his gospel. If we live as Christians daily for God's glory alone in the midst of the world, the world will observe us and desire to know about Jesus Christ.

Illustration
My wife bought my grand daughter Brittanie a pair of gloves with the Scubbie Doo insignia on them. As she showed them to me I said "so". My wife said Jim she lives for Scubbie Doo".

My 11 year old grand daughter said "Nana I live for Jesus Christ, I only like Scubbie Doo. I think my Grand Daughter will make some people thirsty for Jesus.
 
 

2.    What Kind of Salt will we be in 2002. Matt 5:13


A.    We Could be Basic Christian Salt. Matt 5:13
        "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. (NKJ)

        1.    Note the two kinds of Salt Shakers.
        2.    One has to be held just right to get much out of it.
 

B.    We Could be . . Imitation Salt. Matt 23:13-14
        13  "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. (NKJ)

        1.    Imitation Salt Is Represented by Hypocrites.
            a.    They hinder people coming near the kingdom. v 13 a
            b.    They don't enter The Kingdom. v 13 b
            c.    They keep Some from coming into Christ..v 13 c
            d.    They seek personal gain. V 14 a
            e.    They have pretend Prayers. v 14 b
            f.    They receive Greater Condemnation. v 14 c

C.    We Could be Like . . "Seasoned Salt" Col 4:6
        Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (NKJ)

        1.    Seasoned Salt Is Represented by Mature Christians.

Illustration
A Peanuts cartoon, showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown. She said, "Guess what, Chuck. The first day of school, and I got sent to the principal's office. It was your fault, Chuck."

He said, "My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say everything is my fault?" She said, "You're my friend, aren't you, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me."

D.    We Could be Like . . "Lite Salt". Matt 5:13 b
        ". . . 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. (NKJ)

        1.    Lite Salt Is Represented by Mediocre Christians.

Tasteless NT:3471
moraino (mo-rah'-ee-no); from NT:3474; to become insipid; figuratively, to make (passively, act) as a simpleton: KJV-become fool, make foolish, lose savour.

NT:3474
moros (mo-ros'); probably from the base of NT:3466; dull or stupid (as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (morally) blockhead, (apparently) absurd: KJV-fool (-ish, X -ishness).

Romans 1:22
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, KJV

1 Corinthians 1:20 KJV
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
 

Illustration G. Campbell Morgan shares
A man approached Morgan to tell him he had invited a fellow employee, one with whom he had worked for 5 years, to attend the service. He then said, "My suggestion came as quite a surprise to my friend. He responded to my invitation by saying, 'Are you a Christian?' And when I answered, 'Yes, I am,' he replied, 'Well, I am too!' Here we had worked beside each other for years, and we never knew that we were both believers in Christ. Wasn't that funny?" To the man's surprise, Morgan retorted, "Funny? No, it isn't funny at all! You both need to be born again." It was inconceivable to Morgan that two men could be truly saved and work side-by-side for 5 years and not be aware of their kinship as brothers in Christ.
 

E.    We Could be Like . . "Epsom Salt" Acts 16:30-33
    30 And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. (NKJ)

        1.    Epsom salts are good for the healing wounds and bruises.

Christians should be "Epsom salts" as there are many wounded and bruised by the afflictions in their lives waiting for a Good Samaritan to provide the healing and comfort of the Gospel.

Illustration
My daughter Tami was having a bad day. She got the children back into the car and as she sat down she just cried. Her oldest child said Mom are you having a bad day? She said "yes I am" and her son said "can God help". She realized this was a teaching moment and said "yes Guy God can help at all times". She started to go on with her routine and she recognized her son was asking God to help his Mom have a better day
 

F.    We Could be Like "Epsom salts" Other Use.

        1.    Relief for Mild Constipation.

G. We Could be Like . . "Rock Salt'. Ps 147:18 (NKJ)
        He sends out His word and melts them; he causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

        1.    This passage talks about God's Word causing a melting.
        2.    Hearts can melt before the convicting power of the Word.

Salt that is commonly used to melt icy and impassable routes. I pointed out that the church today needed to be "rock salt", to melt away the icy routes that have become impassable to many of the lost in our communities who sadly view the church as an "exclusive club."

These barriers have to be melted away for the church to become a route to lead the lost to eternal life. (We even had a young man a first time visitor who asked yesterday was the church open for anyone to come in!)

Illustration
A group of young people came to talk to E V Hill about there church and pastor. It seemed the church was cold. It seemed many were cold and a few were frozen; including the pastor.

They sought advice as to how to change the atmosphere. Dr Hill said "you can break ice by chopping away at it or cuddled up against it with your warmth and melt it away." That is the use of Rock Salt.

Illustration Editors at ReligionToday.com January 12, 1998
The diaries of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair will be auctioned to pay debts. O'Hair, whose lawsuit removed mandated prayer from U.S. public schools, has been missing for three years. She owes $250,000 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, the Associated Press said.

...The 2,000 handwritten pages reveal the hidden thoughts of America's foremost atheist crusader, including her loneliness, money problems, and political ambitions. "I want money and power and I am going to get it," the diaries read. " B age 50, I want a $60,000 home, a Cadillac car, a mink coat, a cook, a housekeeper." There are also glimpses of doubts about her cause and its impact on her life. "I think atheism is done for this time. I have failed in marriage, motherhood, as a politician."

...At times there appear to be cries of despair. "Somebody, somewhere, love me," is written six times, sometimes in a box set apart from the rest of the text. Ellen Johnson, president of O'Hair's organization, said the group will try to purchase the diaries for its archives. "It is horrible they are being sold to
the public," she said. "Can you imagine how upsetting it would be to know someone had your personal ideas?"
 

Jesus said   "You are the salt of the earth;. . . " This is true of all Christians and only of Christians. What kind of salt will we be in 2002?
 

The Lord prompted my thinking about this sermon from an Email a few years ago from: <mikew@designcomm.com>

I also got some help from these sites: http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~gvcc/sermon_trans/1997/Salt_and_Light.html

http://www.cfchome.org/resources/sermons/sermons/19980503.html