Here we have a sermon about 'purity' and 'value'. In the ancient world, 'salt' was of great value and worth. Salt was used at times as currency and paid to soldiers as their wages (thus where we get the saying "worth their salt") in lieu of coins or other currency. Christ is telling us here that if we lose our purity in Him, if we lose our value... what good are we?
Ultimately, however, we cannot be pure enough, or valuable enough, thus is why we need Christ and Christ crucified. Please take a listen to the sermon and as always...
Be a blessing to someone today!
(ps: God willing... I will be caught up by the end of the week, there was no service on Thursday, February 13 due to the extreme cold weather)
Matthew 5:13-20 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
The Law and the Prophets
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter,[a] not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks[b] one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:18 Gk one iota
Matthew 5:19 Or annuls