Matthew 5:13 ESV "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
Mark 9:49-50 ESV For everyone will be salted with fire. (50) Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
Luke 14:34-35 ESV "Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? (35) It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Colossians 4:6 ESV Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
James 3:12 ESV Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
I listed the New Testament verses concerning salt. As we get into the teaching you will better understand these Scriptures in light of the Old Testament “COVENANT OF SALT.”
What is salt? By definition it is: A substance used for seasoning certain kinds of food, for the preservation of meat and fish, and something in which to create thirst.
For what purpose was it made?
To season: To render palatable, or to give a higher relish to, by the addition or mixture of another substance more pungent or pleasant; as, to season meat with salt.
To preserve: To save from decay. Salt is used to preserve meat.
To cure: To dry; to prepare for preservation; as, to prepare by salt, or in any manner, so as to prevent speedy purification.
To create thirst: Salt makes us thirsty making us desire water.
Why is salt important in a Christian's life?
The Bible teaches us that we, as Christians, are to be salt in the world. We are to be a seasoning, a preservative, a cure, and create thirst in a world full of sin and hatred toward God and the things of God.
Physical characteristics of salt and their spiritual applications: You can't eat salt by itself.
Try putting a spoonful in your mouth. You couldn't swallow it. You would choke on it. Salt is not meant to be ingested by itself. You have to put it on something or in something in order for it to be useful. You have to use the right amount; just enough to make what you are eating palatable. Too little salt and it has no effect; too much salt and it spoils the taste. It must be used carefully and in moderation. Debby and I ate at a restaurant that specializes in Buffalo. It was highly recommended because of their buffalo burgers. I could not eat the burger because it was too salty.
Now, having said all this about salt, the doctrine of THE COVENANT OF SALT is far more than the characteristics I have listed above. So hold on for this should be an interesting teaching that will bless everyone who has ears to hear and a heart to follow.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.