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Seasoned With Salt – What Does Paul Mean?

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I had a couple ideas of what I wanted to write about this week but the Lord kept pulling me back to Salt… and yes, you read that correctly. Therefore, I believe there is someone who needs to read this. So, what does Paul mean when he says “seasoned with salt”?

Have you ever became instantly confused while reading the Bible, or even just a verse? Then, it makes you feel unqualified to be reading such a book? Or maybe it makes you feel discouraged so you decide to put it down and possibly don’t pick it up again until it’s time to dust off your nightstand..it gets a little bit of attention during the clean up… and then you set it down again and repeat this cycle in a couple weeks.

Well, I’m here to tell you, pick up your Bible for more than just a cleaning routine! Pick up your bible to read, daily, and then it won’t ever get dusty! ? [Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about cleaning!] Even if you don’t understand something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn it! If you don’t have the time or means to, not a problem, other people can help! Like me! Now, I’m not a professional …yet…haha … however I do love to learn, especially about things I’m passionate in! You can read more about me and my passions right here!

Today, I want to talk about salt! What is salt? Why does Jesus talk about it so much? The New Testament mentions the word salt 10 times, and the Old Testament mentions it 31 times! Out of those 10 times in the New Testament, 7 of those times were by Jesus! Jesus must really like his spices! … noo!!! Well, I mean maybe but that’s not what we are talking about!

Let’s get started with an example. ↓↓

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

-Colossians 4:13

What does Paul mean when he says “seasoned with salt”?

Origin

First, lets talk about the word Salt. The word salt is used in different ways throughout the Bible, however, in the New Testament, it’s definition remains pretty consistent, for the most part. There are a couple verses that are a bit different, but I am going to focus on the similar moments.

The Greek translation for “salt” in this text is “halas” meaning salt, derived from the greek word “hals” which has different definitions that I will briefly go over.

Halas can be meant literally or metaphorically based on the context. For example, in the scripture above, “salt” is translated metaphorically to “of ‘wisdom’ exhibited in their speech”.

So, what is Paul meaning when he says “seasoned with salt”? Therefore, you can create a rough translation of Paul’s words ‘let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with wisdom, so that you may know how to answer everyone.’.

Other ways the New Testament uses “salt” metaphorically..

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus says

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

In this verse, “salt” is being used metaphorically for “believers”. This verse is about spiritual health and that believing is imperative to Christian morality and conflicting with the corruption in the world.  In other words, we are the believers of this earth, and if we lose faith, then what? It is crucial for believers to have faith, without faith we are not believers. Having faith is what makes us believers.

Similarly, in Mark, chapter 9, verse 50, Jesus says

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

 

This verse is using the word “salt” metaphorically for one’s character and condition. I feel it is easier to translate in your mind then out loud. I would generalize it to ‘surrounding yourself with other believers so that the “salt” never loses its saltiness.’

 

Jesus often spoke in parables and confusing words, but the meaning is good. His Word is good. He is good. See? Just getting to the root of ONE word has helped us understand at least THREE more verses! Woop Woop!

Don’t ever be discouraged by the Bible! It can be a little intimidating, but that’s okay. You can just take it chapter by chapter, especially if you don’t have too much free time! I do a little bit every morning while I sip my morning coffee, that you know I love! If you didn’t know, then you should follow me on Instagram!

 

Fear the Lord, but also love Him for He is an Awesome God.

And remember, don’t lose your saltiness!

 

…Kay God, What’s Next?

 

 

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