Christian, You are the Salt of the Earth

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Not only are Christians pilgrims in a foreign land and citizens of heaven, but we are the salt of the earth.

Our Lord tells His disciples in Matthew 5:13:

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.

There are significant implications to Jesus identifying His people as the salt of the earth. Martin Lloyd Jones is helpful here:

‘Ye are the salt of the earth.’ What does that imply? It clearly implies rottenness in the earth; it implies a tendency to pollution and to becoming sinful and bad. Its tendency is to evil and to wars. It is like meat which has a tendency to putrefy and to become polluted. It is like something which can only be kept wholesome…

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