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Christians the Salt of the Earth,

Christians the Salt of the Earth,

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is henceforth good
for nothing, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of
men. MAT. v. 13.
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is henceforth good
for nothing, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of
men. MAT. v. 13.

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CHRISTIAS THE SALT OF THE EARTH, BY THE REV. MILES JACKSOYe are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men. MAT. v. 13. THE character of a Christian is in itself most honourable , and exalted ; and, in its tendency and effects, most blessed and be neficial. Every child of God is the salt of the little circle in which he moves, pre serving it, in some measure, from spiritual decay, and moral corruption. It is not, indeed, to every individual to whom the Christian has access, that his influence ope rates thus savingly. Many who have inter course with him, through the disingenuous- ness of their minds, and the perve.rseness of their will, find in it no counteraction to the corruption of their nature, no balm for the healing of their diseases. Our blessed Sa viour did not mean to assert that his fol lowers would prove salt to all. Multitudes manifest a tendency to corruption, which 189 is proof against the preserving qualities of this salt of the earth. The influence of it is not, indeed, entirely lost, even upon them who are not preserved from the pol lution that is in the world. Bad as they
 
are, they might be a great deal worse, were it not for the Christians around them, who, directly, or indirectly, by their own immediate influence, or the influence of others to whom they give an impulse, and communicate a character, counteract the depravity of the world. But it is not this inferior influence of which Jesus Christ speaks in the text, but an influence which preserves men from the power and domi nion of corruption. What can be so exalting, as the thought that we are destined to save the immortal souls of our perishing brethren, from sin here, and from destruction hereafter ! What so humbling, as to reflect, how little we answer this great design of the Saviour ! And what so searching as the enquiry, whether we are indeed the salt of the earth ? What different, what opposite feelings may thrill and circulate through the individuals before me ! What delightful sensations are your s my brethren, who so live as to justify the application of the term, used by the Saviour of men, to your own spirit and character ? Ye are the salt of the earth. Ye are the men who do good to the souls of others. Ye are the men who preserve the 190 world from destruction. Souls after souls, it may be, you have turned unto God. Some of you have perhaps saved many from the path of the destroyer ; and some of you are commencing a life of pious zeal and holy exertion, and bid fair to merit the
 
character of the best disciples of the Saviour, the salt of the earth. Regardless of the contempt and scowl of the world, where duty and conscience are concerned, and yet anxious to become all things to all men, that you may, by all means, save some, you pursue the one great object of saving souls, with an unshaken perseverance. And I trust, my dear brethren, you will become encreasingly zealous, in your endeavours to preserve men from misery and ruin, and to stimulate them to every thing that is noble, and excellent, and heavenly, who ever may gain -say or resist. The Christian is no common character. You must not be turned aside from your labours of love, by the disdain, or the malice of a wicked world. Look forward to the glorious prize that will crown your exertions. " They that be wise shall shine as the firmament ; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars, for ever and ever." That great day for which you ate looking ; that glorious appearing of the Saviour, which you are loving, shall shew you the wisdom of a life of piety and zeal ; and reward you a thousand fold, for all you do and suffer, 191 in the cause of your Redeemer. You are too wise, I trust, to imagine that the work of saving souls, and glorifying Christ, is confined to the ministers of the gospel. You feel your responsibility as men, as members of society, and as Christians. You know that you are expected to influence the minds and souls of others, as the salt of

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