Are YOU the salt of the earth?

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. [Matt. 5:13]

When I am surfing the web, I am usually browsing one of only a few things. Either I am looking at my ministry page, a friends page, or  something that I believe might better my family’s life. Usually it is a ministry website, something regarding the Bible, or something to do with healthier living. I happened to stumble upon a video {1} that mentioned believers conforming to the world and thereby loosing  their saltiness. I did not watch all of the video, because I was only browsing, the video was almost an hour long, and after hearing that statement I was intrigued and motivated to expound upon that thought right away.

How interesting to think on this verse [Matt. 5:13]. You. You who have trusted in Messiah Y’shua (Jesus). You who have turned from your sins and your lordship unto Y’shua’s ways and his lordship. You are THE salt of the earth! How awesome to meditate on this truth. Do you see the THE in that last sentence I wrote? Y’shua said, “YOU are THE salt”. In other words, YOU are THE only salt. YOU who are trusting the Messiah. Not anyone else. How do I know that? Well, who is Y’shua talking to here? If he was talking about people who did not believe in him, he would not be calling them the light of this world [Matt 5:14]. You must have the light to be a light. Simple enough right? Ok, so let us define what light is. Y’shua said,  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” [John 8:12]. Clearly, Y’shua defines the light as himself. This makes sense, being that he is the word of God in the flesh [John 1:1, Rev. 19:13] and the word of God is also defined as light. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path [Psalm 119:105]. What word is the Psalmist referring to? Whatever word God spoke up to that point. This includes the Torah (all of Yahweh’s instructions given to Moses). I say that because many today, unknowingly or not, teach that the word of God is only found in the “New Testament” or better referred to as the Testimony of Y’shua. Of course I have never heard anyone say that, but that is a byproduct of the erroneous teaching that says, “The Old Testament laws are no longer required of New Testament believers”. This is silly. How so? Is God’s word no longer light? If it is, then we are suppose to let it shine [Matt. 5:16]. That would entail us obeying God’s word, which includes His laws found in the Torah, as long as they are still the word of God. And since they are, being that the word of God cannot change, be broke, or pass away until heaven and earth pass away [Matt. 5:18], this means we are still to observe whatever of Yahweh’s instructions that are applicable to us.

What does any of this have to do with losing saltiness you might ask? Well, what is saltiness? If it is obeying God’s word, which I will show later on, then when we willfully disobey God’s word, are we not then losing our saltiness? Are we not therefore like the rest of the world, obeying some of God’s instructions, whether knowing it or not, while rejecting others? Of course. This makes sense of one of the chief  reasons why we are saved in the first place, to be a light to the nations [Is. 49:6], teaching them to obey EVERYTHING that Messiah taught his disciples, which would include Torah by the way [Matt. 23:1-3 ,Matt. 5:17-19]. The Apostle Paul said that WE received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations [Rom 1:5]. This is how we love God, by obeying His commandments [1 John 5:3]. This is how we stay connected to the vine, which is Messiah [John 15:1-10]. This is how we keep our saltiness. A little more proof? What separated Israel from all of the other nations? According to the Torah, it was the Torah [Deut. 4:8]! When we, by faith, obey God’s instructions, which He calls His voice [Jer 7:23], we are then the salt of the earth, or in other words, we preserve the world. What would happen to this world if there wasn’t any salt at all? Not only would it not taste good, but evil would be all the more prevalent.

Now, to prove that saltiness is equivalent to obeying God’s word. What is it that Y’shua taught? Y’shua said, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak” [John 12:49]. Can God contradict Himself? Of course not. God told Y’shua what to speak. He couldn’t of told him to speak anything contrary to what God has already spoken[Heb. 13:8]. He told the Israelites to keep His Torah forever [Deut. 5:29]. And Y’shua taught the same thing [John 10:35].  Y’shua taught Torah. He didn’t add or take away [Deut. 4:2]. He only properly and fully explained what the Torah meant by what it said [Matt. 5:17].

So how do we lose our saltiness? We do so by  disobeying God’s word. So, if we start off obeying God’s word (Torah) and then stop obeying God’s word, we are loosing are saltiness. If you think I may be stressing Yahweh’s commands, which the Bible defines as truth, perfect, freedom, light, life, way, holy, and good; you are right, I am. But, I am not the only one. Read Psalm 119.

I leave you with a truth from the wisest man other than Y’shua himself. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with[ every secret thing, whether good or evil. [King Solomon’s Ecclesiastes 12:13-14]

I pray that this blesses you and that the Spirit of Yah guides you into the light of God’s word out of the darkness of this world. Shalom.

[Kingdom of Light Ministries / 2013]

{1} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAsHOXlTgyk

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