Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 21, 2018

“You are the salt of the earth”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 9:49-50.

“For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good;  but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”  Mark 9:49-50.

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First, today’s Scripture states:  “For everyone will be salted with fire.”  In regards to being salted with fire, we will experience temporary fiery ordeals for our testing.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;  but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”  1 Peter 4:12-13.

Second, today’s Scripture states and questions:  “Salt is good;  but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again?”

We see churches lose its saltiness and become tasteless by trying to be like every other church.  We see churches try to hide or obscure their distinctive and unusual beliefs.  We see churches post outdoor signs that identify it as a community church or other non-descriptive words that do not include their denomination.  We see churches bury their beliefs deep in their website or state their beliefs so generally that they could belong to just about any church.  We see churches emphasize its social missions, social activities, youth and children ministries on the Home page of their web site and front cover of their magazines, rather than show “up front” and clearly the distinctive beliefs that they preach and teach.

But, Reformed Doctrine heeds the call to be salty, distinctive and different from other doctrine and other people, particularly in its doctrine of salvation summarized by “TULIP” which emphasizes God’s “Unconditional Election” of people to salvation.  Election also known as predestination is offensive to most people, but Reformed Doctrine embraces it calling it “the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself”.  Article 9 of FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt. 

“You are the salt of the earth;  but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”  Matthew 5:13.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;  you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

Third, today’s Scripture exhorts us to “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” 

We have salt in ourselves by “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”  Titus 1:9.

Although we are salty, different from other doctrine and distinctive, and ready and able to “exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict”, we must also be at peace with one another in the sense that we can not be arrogant nor abrasive.  We cannot think that we came to an understanding of Reformed Doctrine by our own wisdom, will, or goodness.

“For who regards you as superior?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”  1 Corinthians 4:7.

“… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith;  take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  1 Timothy 6:11-12.


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