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Ye Are the Salt of the Earth: A Deeper Look into Matthew 5:13

Welcome to A Journey through the New Testament! In this series, we will systematically journey through every chapter in the New Testament, unveiling the marvelous insights that can be found in the scriptures.

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Matthew 5:13

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.

After doing an intensive study on the scriptural significance of salt, I have found many insights and spiritual treasures.

The Purpose of Salt in the Scriptures

Preservation, Continuity and Permanence

  • In Leviticus 2:13, salt was used for the preservation of meats which was symbolic of the preservation and continuity of the covenant between Israel and God. Therefore, salt has a preserving quality.

    • The sons of God are the preservers of the earth because their presence in the earth delays its destruction. In fact, at the rapture (the removal of the sons of God), we see God’s destructive wrath poured out on the earth.

  • Numbers 18:19, the use of the terminology “Covenant of Salt” directly speaks to the permanence of the covenant and the fact that it should continue forever. Therefore, the use of the word salt here means permanent or eternal.

    • The fact that we have been referred to as salt, signifies that we were selected not just as preserving agents but also to be preserved eternally through salvation.


  • 2 Chronicles 13:5, reintroduces the phrase “Covenant of Salt”, however, in this context it brings to light the fact that just as man is expected to maintain their part in the Covenant, so is God. He will remain faithful to what He has promised. Hence, the use of the salt here signifies faithfulness.

    • As the salt of the earth, the sons remain faithful to the will of God. If we abandon this purpose we have lost our usefulness (savour) to God, and will be cast out of the Kingdom.

Healing and Purifying

  • In 2 Kings 2:20-22 God healed the waters at Jericho, however, as a symbol of this healing, Elisha threw salt into the spring. Though it was God who healed the waters, salt does in fact have healing properties.

    • Even as salt destroys bacteria, so do the sons destroy the works of darkness in the earth, bringing forth healing to mankind.


  • Job 6:6 reveals that salt makes something acceptable to the palate.

    • Likewise, the sons, as salt of the earth, are those that are acceptable unto God and have power to make others acceptable.

Mark 9:50

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Let us have salt in ourselves, allowing the qualities above to abide in us, lest we be cast out of the Kingdom of God.

  • Written by Kareem Flowers and Kashief Gordon, Sunrise with Jesus

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