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lar of salt. This was the manifestation   this is one of the reasons why we were not
        of the permanence of God’s judgement,   taken home to glory immediately upon our
        salt showing forth and being linked to   conversion. In this world, we represent the
        something permanent. This is also seen   interests of our Lord. We have no mandate
        in the covenant of salt (2Ch 13:5). Such   to become engaged with the world around
        a covenant was made by grains of salt   us. The Lord has not asked us to entangle
        being transferred between two parties.   ourselves in social, environmental, political
        Once accepted, these were mingled in   or religious causes, but we are expected to
        the parties’ respective bags of salt. These   have a preserving influence in the sphere in
        particles couldn’t be retrieved, show-  which the Lord has placed us. We provide
        ing that a covenant, once made, could   light where we live; the Lord indicated this
        never be broken. This again emphasizes   by His reference to a city on a hill and also by
        permanence. The aspect of permanence   His reference to the house – “it giveth light
        may not be the primary focus in Mat-  unto all that are in the house” (Mat 5:15).
        thew’s context; however, the Lord does   God expects that our homes will be used
        speak of salt losing its savour and thus   in a way that will show forth the praises of
        its effectiveness. He expects us to remain   Him who hath called us out of darkness.
        unchanging in our character, standing   Many of our neighbours will never come to
        against the evils of the world system   a gospel meeting; God has placed us in our
        that is always evolving and mutating.   present location so that we will reveal and
          The first time we have light men-  manifest Him to them.
        tioned in Scripture is in Genesis 1:3:   The Dangers in the Metaphors
        “And God said, Let there be light.”    There are two dangers noted: it is possible
        Light is something which is linked to   for salt to lose its savour and for light to be
        God Himself, who is the source of light.   placed under a bushel or basket, meaning
        This is taken up by Paul, who reminds   it will not be seen. We know that salt is a
        us, “For God, who commanded the light   stable compound. In what way, then, could
        to shine out of darkness, hath shined   it lose its savour or effectiveness? It has been
        in our hearts, to give the light of the   noted that when salt was mined from areas
        knowledge of the glory of God in the   like the Dead Sea, there would have been a
        face of Jesus Christ” (2Co 4:6). We are   lot of impurities and it would be mixed with
        those who have been enlightened, and   other substances; this would mean it was
        as such we are expected to show forth   less effective. We need to heed the Lord’s
        that light to others.               warning. If we engage in things that are not
        The Duties in the Metaphors         wholesome, they will bring mixture into our
          We should have an influence for good   lives; the effectiveness of our testimony and
        on those with whom we come into     our preserving influence will be lost. The
        contact. The areas in which both the   same principle is seen in bearing light. It is
        salt and light are expected to operate   possible to hide our light; it can be difficult
        are clear; the Lord imposed no geo-  to speak publicly to those with whom we
        graphical restrictions. We are the salt   live and work. God help us to rely on Him
        of the earth and the light of the world;   for strength so that we will be enabled to
        ¹ Bible quotations in this article are from the   exhibit His character and show forth His
        KJV.                                light among men.

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