Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. – Matthew 5:13
Christians should have the savor of Christ: to them who live it is the savor of life. To them that perish it is the savor of death. If we corrupt the teachings of Jesus Christ, then how can we say that we have this salt within ourselves?
There is a difference between honest mistakes made out of a sincere heart and blatant disregard and hatred for the word of God. Many do not really love the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. If we do not love this truth, then we will go into the default mode of man which is to worship another king or setup a kingdom ourselves.
There are many kingdoms of this world. There is only one Kingdom of God in which Jesus Christ is King of Kings. Though there are many of the former, they all worship the same thing: man. To worship Satan is to worship man, or so it seems to me. If we look at worship of Satan through that lens, how many Kingdoms of Satan do we see? How many churches of Satan do we see?
Any Kingdom (and I use this term to represent any establishment, ranging from massive organizations and systems to individuals), that is not of Jesus Christ will be overcome.
Why? It is in Jesus alone that we find salvation from this world. If we are not standing with Him—and if we are, we will have some measure of the savor of Christ—then we are going to be “trodden down” by this world.
We can see this if we consider it, Lord willing.
Without Jesus, we are overcome by all the devices of the enemy. We are overcome by a love for this world, including a love of wealth, a love of power, a love of exalted men, a love of the works of man, a love of self, and love of all lies that warp reality according to the wicked whims of man.
We might struggle in some of these areas at times, but there is a difference between sincere struggle and hatred for our natures that are against the things of God and an attitude that embraces this world and justifies living sinfully—especially when we use the blood of the Son of God to do so.
Jesus searches and tries hearts. He knows who really loves Him and who uses His name for worldly reasons. If we are close to Him, He can show us of this somewhat. We can see the “fruit” of those who worship the world. We can see what people love. What they love is what they worship, and if what they love is not aligned with Jesus and His Holy Kingdom, then something is off.
Something is off about much within Western Christianity. For all of their “love,” it is not love of Jesus. It is not love of the true Word of God. They will surely fall to the ways of the enemy—even the false prophet—as they fulfill their vows as his whore.
We who are serious about following Jesus need to seek Him who is the Word of God so that we can have our senses exorcised in discerning these matters. It does not mean we go around willy-nilly accusing our brethren and “smiting our fellow servants.” It is the enemy who is “drunken with blood,” not us. All things are ordained of God.
Remember David and Saul. David could have killed Saul, but did not. He knew that God appointed Saul. David also slew Goliath so that “all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
It does mean that we learn to hear Jesus by the Holy Spirit so that we are standing on solid ground. When the “flood” of ungodly men comes to a full, we will not be overtaken by their deception. We will stand with Jesus, testify of His truth, and serve Him in whatever capacity we are called to serve until the very end.
All of this makes me think of Revelation 11. I wonder if this parable is related. Seems so.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. – Revelation 11:1-2
What is the temple of God? I suppose anything that calls itself a temple of God is going to be judged as a temple of God. We see this in Revelation 2-3 when Jesus speaks of 7 churches. Only 2 were not rebuked, and these two are standing with Him in Revelation 11.
Of the other 5, Jesus said, “I have somewhat against thee.” These are “removed out of their place.” These have lost the savor of Christ and are “trodden underfoot of man.” That’s how I see it, at least. That’s why the title of this article is as it is.
The temple of the New Covenant is a “temple not built with hands.” It is the faithful body of Christ. If the Word of God lives within us, and we continue faithfully to His Word, then we are the temple that will not be moved. All others are fit to be “trodden under foot of man.”
What should the temple look like? I think it looks a lot like the “house built on a rock” verses a “house built on sand.”
That’s why we consider that parable. Those who are Poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers, those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake will be unmovable by this world.
THESE are the salt of the earth, and they will not lose their savor! We make mistakes, we struggle against sin, we trust in His mercy. But we do not admit defeat. We do not give in to this world.
What about the alter? I believe we can gain some understanding of this as we continue studying this parable. Jesus addresses this when He talks about the righteousness of the Pharisees verses the righteousness that is of the Kingdom of Heaven. We will continue to consider “the sacrifices of righteousness” which is to offer yourself whole-heartedly to the Lord, “which is your reasonable service.”
Let’s continue to take these things seriously. Do not trust in man who makes Man their rock.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. (Deuteronomy 32:28-38).
This article is part of a series that considers the Parables of Jesus. Right now, we are looking at the statements Jesus made during His Sermon on the Mount, to which He referenced in His Parable of the Building on Rock and Sand. Visit the link for quick access to all articles written within this series. Subscribe for notifications of future posts.