HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
These verses are difficult and have perplexed many interpreters throughout the centuries. Therefore, any attempt to apply them is speculation to some degree. That being said, it seems to me, given the context of the statements, that Jesus is here giving the reason for such a strong stance against sin in vv. 42-48. Every life, He says, will be seasoned (salted) with fire. The fire that He refers to, I believe, are the temptations and trials of life that God allows for the purpose of purifying and preserving our souls. While we may not enjoy those challenges in life, Jesus says that “salt is good.” But if the salt has lost its potency (i.e. its ability to purify and preserve), then it is useless. If the temptations and trials that are intended to season our lives and prepare us for eternity are met with weakness and yielding, then they have not accomplished God’s intended purpose, but have left us in sin and without hope. So accept the “fires” that you encounter in life with courage and strength, for God is using them to prepare you for much greater things in this life and in eternity!
How should we react when faced with a “fire” of life?
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