Salt and light, one-word descriptions illustrating the qualities of believers as spoken by Jesus Christ in the sermon on the mount.
Matthew 5:13-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world, you are salt of the earth.”
Some qualities of salt include, stability, value as money, preservative, seasoning for sacrifice, wound healer. In the time of Jesus, Roman soldiers were paid wages in salt. The Greeks considered salt to be divine. Mosaic law required all offerings to be seasoned with salt.
Leviticus 2:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.
The fishermen disciples used salt to preserve their catch. Even today, salt can be used to stop the spread of infections in wounds.
Jesus is telling us, his disciples that we are to serve as preservatives. We are to preserve society and stop the moral decay that is in our sin-infested world. How do you do that? By not being a part of it.
We are to inhibit sin’s power to destroy our lives, our families, our marriages, our thoughts, our faith, our churches, our governments . . .And the list goes on and on.