BEATITUDES Part 2
SALT & LIGHT
Dr Wole Gbogboade
Text: Matthew 5: 13-16
By answering to description of a follower or disciple of Christ stated in v. 3 – 12 of the book of Matthew earlier explained, you have what it takes to be salt and light. It is a level you reach as you manifest kingdom life and character. The basic thing is to be born again. A new life will Christ bring you into when you repent and believe the gospel. And as you work in obedience to the Lord’s command and develop kingdom character, you become salt and shine as light in the midst of darkness. To do the word of God is to shine as light and to affect others as salt.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SALT AND LIGHT
Edible salt is usually white and clean. Colour white stands for peace. Also, the bible says the eyes of the Lord are too pure to behold iniquity- salt is clean and pure.
Salt as a preservative: salt is used to preserve fresh meat, fish etc both to keep them from spoiling and to preserve their freshness for human consumption. Secondly, it’s used to preserve life of human beings; it’s used to heal diarrhea treat dehydration. Believers are not only to lead people to Christ, we are supposed to preserve their lives and make them to abide in Christ.
Purifier: Salt is a component in making chlorine for water purification. Christians are water purifying agent both to clean converts and preserve them from pollution brought about by the world system through our lifestyle and teaching.
Medicinal: Salt is used to treat sour or wound in human body especially against germs.
In cooking soup, no amount of other ingredient you put, its taste is never good enough until you add salt. Also, you put a little of salt and you affect all others for good. Further more, you can see all other ingredients but you will not see salt. Why? It blends with other ingredients; it projects others but remains invisible in the background. Salt is not loud, it does not make noise. Its meekness is spelt out in its ability to hold the rest together and still be in the background. Meekness is power clothed in humility. Salt is not selfish. It sacrifices to make others look and taste good yet, keeps itself in the background. Of what use is unsalted fish or meat? Similarly, if the salt though white, clean and pure loses its saltiness, men will have to abhor it. Therefore, we must keep ourselves in the position the Lord has kept us as his royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people and a chosen generation who has been translated out of darkness into His marvelous light to show forth His praise. Amen. 1Peter 2:9.
Light is usually bright so, it can not be hidden. When it shines, it comes to reveal the deeds of darkness and the darkness can not conquer it. Light manifests God’s glory upon a Believer. Isa. 60:1-2. Light illuminate the word of God in the heart and life of Christians. Psalm 119:105.
The Bible says, the path of the righteous is like a shinning light that shines brighter by the day. Prov. 4:18.
Since light is always outstanding, the Lord said, we are a shinning light to the world. We are a city set on a hill that can not be hidden. Matt. 5:14. We are to be a light to others. v. 15. Therefore, we should continue to walk in the light and do those things that please Him so that men may see our good work and praise God. v. 16.
Of what use are the eyes without light? Light illuminates the eyes to be able to see. It’s a vital compliment to sight.
May our generation and generation yet unborn see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father in Jesus name. Amen.
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