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“…salt of the earth…”
September 29, 2013, 7:43 pm
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes, A Gospel According to Matthew

Today as we shared in the Lord’s meal together with brothers and sisters, I noticed that the crackers that were part of the meal were salty. I remembered Jesus saying to His disciples that “You are the salt of the earth.” I have heard it said that this is in reference to the preserving effect of Christ in believers and that when salt gets in wounds, that it stings, and such is the life of the believer as they share Christ to those who do not Him. While I generally accept that, I think Jesus has something more to express than just keeping us saved and that we’re going to have a rough time around unbelievers. What I share here I believe just touches the surface of what Jesus meant.

Salt is important for the human body in many ways. One specific way is that without salt the human body’s ability to express itself becomes impotent, our entire ability to sense our natural world through our nervous system becomes hindered. Perhaps there is a spiritual application beyond the preserving and stinging effect of being in Christ. Perhaps it is about going forward in knowing Christ more in an experiential way, enhancing our spiritual senses.

In Christ we are new creations, the old is gone, the new has come. As a new creation we have also new senses. In Christ He gives us eyes to see, ears to hear; thirst, taste, touch, and smell only for Him. When Christ is Head in our midst your spiritual sense knows it, when He is not Head your spiritual sense knows it. Christ is the salt of world. It is His life that enhances our spiritual senses to know Him better. And as we know Him better, His salt, His life, is expressed to others, and like Jesus told Paul, “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light.” Our spiritual senses come from our spirit. In Christ they are no longer dead but alive by His Spirit! We can now, with our spirit, sense Him through our conscience and intuition and fellowship with Him. As we hear Him and follow His leading by faith, not considering ourselves, we receive Him as salt and our spiritual senses strengthen and are enhanced and our experience of knowing Christ only gets better.

A brother at the gathering commented that salt when used in food, helps to bring the flavors of the food together. This is another important aspect of Christ as our salt. We really cannot grow in our spiritual senses with the Lord, to hear Him, see Him, taste Him, touch Him, smell Him except through the fitting together of the flavors of the body of Christ. Only Christ our salt can bring balance to all the flavors of the body so that the fullness of Christ is expressed. This only happens when all the brothers and sisters together have Christ as Head of the gathering, where all is unto Him, where each is not considering themselves but one another by faith in love. The beautiful aroma from the flavors of His people mixed together because of the salt of Christ, truly is beyond description, and the saying “taste and see that the Lord is good” becomes a reality.


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