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The Salt of the Earth.

The Salt of the Earth.

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BY RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, D.D.,


ST. MATTHEW v. 13.
" Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have
lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted p it is
thencepobth good fob nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of men."
BY RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, D.D.,


ST. MATTHEW v. 13.
" Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have
lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted p it is
thencepobth good fob nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of men."

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THE SALT OF THE EARTH.BY RICHARD CHEEVIX TRECH, D.D.,ST. MATTHEW v. 13." Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt havelost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted p it isthencepobth good fob nothing, but to be cast out,and to be trodden under foot of men."THESE words were addressed, my brethren, byChrist our Lord to the whole body of Hisdisciples, and not exclusively or especially tothose who constituted, or should hereafter con-stitute, the ministry in His Church. It mighttherefore be felt, perhaps, by some, that theyhad no especial fitness on which to ground anexhortation, upon an t)ccasion like the present,to you who are about to receive this special mi-* Preached at St. Mark's, Beading, March 4, 1860.SERMO !•nistry, with its great gifts and solemn responsi-bilities. It has seemed otherwise to me, and fortwo reasons. First, there was something of apriestly or ministerial character about the wholelittle band of the first disciples — ^including as itdid within itself the Twelve, and probably mostof the Seventy-rwhich would justify me in trans-ferring words spoken to them to others, clothedor about to be clothed with the same office astheirs; and then, secondly, granting, as I mostfreely do, that the whole Church, the whole bodyof believing men, and not those only to whom
 
a dispensation of the Word and Sacraments hasbeen committed, are the true salt of the earth.And desiring in no least degree to arrogate thistitle merely to the office-bearers therein, still I feelthat they are, so to speak, the " salt of the salt ;"guardians in the main of the whole Church'sspiritual life, which life, in so far as it gainsstrength in them, it will gain strength in all,while. if it decays in them, it will decay in all.THE SALT OF THE EARTH.As the priest and the prophet, so the peoplewill be.We have good right, therefore, to claim thesewords, and apply them to you, who are just aboutto be ordained to a ministry in Christ's HolyChurch. We have good right to .endeavour toderive from them for you, for ourselves also, thecalled already, such lessons as they are best ca-pable of yielding. May God the Holy Ghostaccompany and bless this word of ours !The words which we have before us naturallyand most conveniently suggest a threefold divi-sion of the subject. First, there is a dignity:"Ye are the salt of the earth.'^ Then, secondly,a danger — that of losing our savour ; a thing themore dangerous, as we are appointed not to geta savour from others, but to impart one to them.And then, thirdly, a doom; such savourless saltshall "be cast out, and trodden under foot of men." Let us consider these three points intheir natural order and succession.
 
8 SERMO I.And first, the dignity-:-^* Ye are the salt of theearth." I need hardly remind you of the. worthand honour of salt in the estimation of all anti-quity. " Salt is good," was the conviction alikeof all ; and if of profane antiquity, still more of sacred, as is suiBBciently indicated in the singlefact that it was an indispensable element in everysacrifice. "Every sacrifice," in our Lord's ownwords, "shall be salted with salt;" referring asHe did herein to the express command of Moses," Every oblation of thy meat-ofiering shalt thouseason with salt; neither shalt thou sufier thesalt of the covenant of thy God to be lackingfrom thy meat-oflTerlng : with all thine oflTeringsthou shalt ofier salt." ow there can be nodoubt that what rendered salt this indispens-able accompaniment of every sacrifice was this,namely, its power to stay the progress of cor-ruption; to keep that on which it was sprinkled,or with which it was mingled, pure, and whole-some, and sweet. And it was this property of THE SALT OF THE EARTH. 9salt, no doubt, that Christ had in His eye, trans-ferring it to spiritual things, when He said to Hisdisciples, "Ye are the salt of the earth/' It isin this sense, and because of this quality of re-sisting corruption, that I wish to transfer it, andapply the words to you.If, indeed, you ask, as you well may, How

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