Both salt and light have intrinsic elements which are recognized universally. Salt in proportion flavors, preserves, and cleans. In an overabundance it can destroy or prevent growth. Likewise, light is a good thing used appropriately, with negative attributes attributed to an overabundance, the most common being understood by the common sunburn. In his sermon Christ presents to the disciples, salt as a pictures faith, obedience, and who they were as members of the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3-12). His message does not ask the question, are you salty or are you light- Christ, begins to compare their lives to elements which they could easily understand. Salt and Light are not things easily misunderstood. Either you are salt, or you are not. Either you are light, or you are darkness. As we look at our text we want to keep those two things in mind. Ask yourselves, “How am I working as a Christian in Christ to demonstrate the qualities he has placed in me?” Is my faith seen by others around me? “Is my conversation salted with grace? “Do I illuminate those around me? These are the questions Christ is provoking in the four verses before us. Let’s look at the context and see how you can address each of these questions as we go through the verses.
… we reflect upon “The Eternal Promise of the Christ” as the “One Superior Gift: echoed in the Law and the Prophets, and fulfilled in the gift of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. Everything the Lord has presented to us in his Word, through the Law and the Prophets, is given as a gift to testify of Christ, to lead us to him as our only propitiation, that is the One Superior Sacrificial Gift, which could take away the sins of the world, Christ the Lamb of God (John 1:29; Is 53:7; Acts 8:32).