Christ classified Israel as the salt of the Earth that lost its savor

There are some people that have learned and been taught to call the Church today… the “salt of the earth”. This is not a true statement and takes the Bible from its proper context! It twists up God’s Word that’s taught from the four Gospel’s. Here’s how! First, it wrongly divides God’s Word by taking the message of Christ to Israel and applying it to the Church now. Second, It robs God’s Word of it’s true meaning about Israel rejecting the Messiahship of Christ and His Kingdom Message to restore Heaven on earth during His Earthly ministry.

Israel (not the Church) was the “salt of the earth” because history proves Israel lost their savor when they rejected the Messiahship of Christ.

Matt 5:13…Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing,

Actually, Israel lost their savor before Christ came and the reason for this was they deviated from the Torah which is the first five books of the Bible. Israel began deviating from the Torah during the Babylonian captivity in 606 BC. Israel deviated from the Torah when Rabbi’s began interpreting the Torah and adding their own opinion to it. By adding human opinion and tradition to God’s Word they made the Commandment of none effect…with the traditions of men.

Matt 15:3…But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matt 15:6…Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

The Talmudic teachings were not God inspired! Jews still follow these teachings today. The Talmudic teachings caused Israel to get away from the authority of the Torah. Israel faded away from their knowldge of sin, thus a backslidden state caused Israel to “not recognize the Messiah” when He came to establish His Kingdom on Earth. By getting away from the authority of Moses Law, Israel was simply recognized by Christ…as the “salt that lost its savor”.

When Jesus ministered He ministered the Law of Moses and the true Torah, He said you have heard of old, but I say to you. What Israel had “heard of old” was mixed with alot of traditional teaching and not true Torah. Jesus reproved them when He taught the moral holiness of the Torah in Hisd sermon on the mount. His exact words were, “You have heard of old…but I say unto you! Mat. 5:22, 28, 32, 34, 44. Jesus taught the moral holiness of the Law.

This shows how far Israel had gotten away from the true Torah. Jesus knew that the salt had lost it’s savor!The Church could never lose its savor or be trodden under the foot of men. If it did it would be “imperfect”. Christ would never create an imperfect Church because He is perfect and the Church also is perfect! Israel was imperfect because they “rejected” Christ when He came. He offered the Kingdom, they rejected! Israel was imperfect because they deviated from the Torah and began living by Talmudic teaching and tradition. This deviation from God’s Word caused Israel to miss Christ in the Scripture.

Israel has continued to lose its savor all the way up to this present hour. Israel will not be the salt that keeps its savor until Christ comes back in Divine Judgement to establish His Kingdom on Earth. At that time “all of Israel will accept Him” in the Millennial Reign of Christ. Their hearts will cry, “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord”.

Matt 23:37-39…O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord

This will happen at the 1000 year reign of Christ! Glory!

About rickroehm

Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began in 1987 after a personal walk began with the Lord. This personal walk with the Lord I speak of turned into extensive Bible studies and later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at holy.sermon.net, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son and fishing partner Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!
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12 Responses to Christ classified Israel as the salt of the Earth that lost its savor

  1. Pingback: The Law and the Christian, Part Two « Anchor for the Soul

  2. Sorry, I think I was misunderstood. I’m was not referring to the Spirit (the Spirit of God) but to the spirit (the spirit of man). Like you said, each of the 3 parts of man’s being has faculties. The functions of the soul include the mind, emotion, and will. The functions of the spirit include the conscience, fellowship, and intuition.

    As for separating the soul and the spirit, I’m not talking about some kind of out-of-body experience. I mean taking up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word, and allowing it to make the distinction, or separation between my soul and my spirit. This gives me the ability to exercise the fellowshipping function of my spirit and worship and enjoy the Triune God. I didn’t mean to give the impression of anything dissociating the parts of one’s being.

    I am sure that you have had the experience of the Word cutting through thoughts, emotions, and decisions to cause you to fellowship with God, right? This is a division that I really treasure.

  3. rickroehm says:

    Under Law men were saved by keeping the Law
    Under Grace men are saved by the obedience of Christ

    The Kingdom Message during the Earthly ministry of Christ is to be applied to Israel
    The Gospel about the death and resurrection of Christ is to be preached in all the world.

    The Old Testament contained the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms
    The New Testament is only in the end of Matthew, Mark, Luke,and John

    The Church was birthed in the death of Christ
    The Church didn’t exist during the Earthly ministry of Christ

    The Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven was preached to Israel only. Not to the Gentiles or Samaritans. Jesus never preached to the woman at the well. She came to Him. She also said Salvation was for the Jews. Samaritans knew that however God cursed the Samaritans centuries before Christ came. Samaritans were a cursed nation because they broke covenant relationship with God Almighty. Jesus had mercy on the Samariatan woman because she beleived He was the promised Messiah. Jesus still commanded His disciples to go the the lost sheep of Israel only…and not to Gentiles or Samaritans. You cannot exclude that great Bible truth. You must undersatnd those words of Christ.

    Also man cannot separate the soul and Spirit as man is one man. The soul has faculties. The spirit has faculties. The body has faculties…but man is still one man accountable to God.

    The reason John the Baptist baptized is to allow backslidden Israel to repent, receive the remission of sins, and worship Christ as Messiah. A Jew had to keep the Law in order to have a holy heart. John’s baptism prompted Israel to repent from the falsities of Talmudic teachings and to get back to the Torah. By doing such their heart was clean and they could “see” Christ as Messiah.

    Today we don’t keep the Law to see Christ. We accept Christ and recieve forgiveness from Calvary and thus the heart is made holy. Holiness today doesn’t come from keeping the Law. Holiness comes from receiving Christ as Grace flows into the human soul and spirit through Salvation.

    Service at the Upper Room Sunday at 7:00. I preach as God allows.

  4. So the Word divides us and we divide the Word. Wonderful. I like that last paragraph you wrote about the Spirit of Christ regenerating our spirit. This is my testimony. He is so wonderful and sweet and enjoyable! This morning I woke up and started saying, “Lord Jesus, I love you.” I just kept saying it over and over, and I tasted His sweetness.

    Here’s another verse I love related to the spirit: John 4:24. I would like to hear your thoughts it.

    “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.” So in the Old Testament, God had to be worshiped in the place of His choosing like it says in Deuteronomy 12:5. To Israel, that was the temple. But to me, a Gentile in the covenant of Grace, God chose the regenerated spirit as the place of his choosing for worship.

    The woman He spoke this to was a Samaritan, not a Jew, right? So that should apply to the church, it seems (Is that an example of the way you divide the Word?). So the place we as the church must worship God is in our spirit. “Must” is a very strong word. We must use our spirit to worship.

    That is one of the reasons, I think Heb 4:12 is so important. How do I know if I’m worshiping God in spirit, the way He ordained? I need my spirit divided from my soul so that I can tell the difference between the two. Then I can exercise my spirit to worship God.

    I’m really enjoying our fellowship by the way. Thank you.

  5. rickroehm says:

    Clark,
    Right division of the Word of God pertains to making the distinction between Law given to Israel (before and during the ministry of Christ) and Grace given to the Church (after the death of a Saviour).

    This same right division pertains to making proper application to the Kingdom message presented to Israel during the the birth and life of Christ; and the Gospel message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ that we preach today.

    Rightly dividing these two messages and applying them to their proper context brings light to the truth of God’s Word without fantasy or spiritualization. This reality is what is implied by rightly dividing the Holy Scriptures.

    Hebrews 4:12…As for the soul and spirit of man the only thing that can divide the two is the Word of God and death. The redemptive presence of Jesus Christ is ministered through the Word of God.

    The soul is the part of man chooses or decides. The spirit is the eternal make-up of man that goes to Heaven or Hell. Regeneration from the power and presence of the Spirit of Christ allows the soul of man to choose and decide right. If the unregenerated spirit of man dies in sin the eternal being of man is damned forever. If the regenerated spirit of man dies with forgiveness of sins granted from God the eternal being of man eternally blessed forever in Heaven.

  6. Okay, I think I’m understanding what you’re saying a little more. You’re proposing that it is important to make the proper divisions in the Bible and without such divisions, it is difficult to interpret the Word. So I’ll tell you about one of my favorite divisions in the Word. It comes out of Hebrews 4:12. It is about the dividing of soul and spirit, the two parts of the inner man. It has made all the difference to me in my spiritual life to realize that the soul and the spirit are different and must be divided. What are your thoughts on Heb 4:12? Is this the kind of thing you’re referring to?

  7. rickroehm says:

    The covenant of Grace began at Calvary. When the church was purchased…The middle wall of partition was torn down and made both Jew and Gentile “one” in Christ. Grace came through Calvary and continues now through Christ’s resurrection. The Law was a great blessing for Israel! Grace is a greater blessing…”NOW”… because of the Church which is Christ’s spiritual body!

    When the Grace Covenant came…the Holy Spirit was given to all humanity through the hearing of the Gospel messsage. The Gospel mesage now…is preaching the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ according to the Prophets. The message during Christ’s Earthly ministry was not the death, burial, and resurrection message of Christ. It was the Kingdom Message presented to Isreal.

    Jesus’ Earthly ministry only lasted 3 1/2 years. In the early stage (the first few years)it was the Kingdom message to Israel. In the latter stage it was the death, burial, and resurrection “into all the world”. This meant both Jew and Gentile. John the Baptist preached the Kingdom of Heaven. The twelve preached the Kingdom of Heaven. the seventy preached the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus himself preached the Kingdom of Heaven. Only after Isreal “rejected” the Kingdom message did Jesus change His message to the death, burial, and resurrection which was around Matthew 21 as you mentioned.

    This is the reason why Jesus forbid His Apostles to go to the Gentiles and the way of the Samatitans…but rather to the lost sheep if Israel. There were (2) commissions. The first was a commission to Israel only and was limited. The second is to both Jew and Gentile and is unlimited. This unlimited commission is called the “Great commisison” and consists of the Grace Covenant we are discussing in this Blog. Perhaps you would enjoy my sermon on the Beattitudes posted on my Blog at the following link.
    http://churchesontrial.blogspot.com/2009/10/beatitudes.html

    In the Old testament…
    Gentiles were aliens from the covenant of Promise.
    Gentiles had no Priesthood.
    Gentiles were not given the Law of Moses.
    Gentiles were called “strangers”
    The Syro-Phoenecian Gentile woman who came to Jesus for crumbs from the table admitted Jews biblically considered Gentiles as “dogs”

    Rick Roehm
    http://churchesontrial.blogspot.com/

    • I appreciate your thorough responses to my questions. Sorry I’ve got so many. I’ve just never heard of this before, and I want to understand it. You seem to be describing a framework for understanding the New Testament that I am not that familiar with. I’ve heard that interpreting the Bible using God’s covenants with man as a framework is related to reformed theology and calvanism. Is how you would describe the governing principles you use to interpret the Bible? How would you describe it?

      • rickroehm says:

        Clark,

        I was blessed to have learned the Bible (in Jewish perspective)from a converted Calvinist who was personally tutored by a Rabbi for 15 years. This particular Rabbi was later won to Christ by that certain minister and a dear friend of mine by the name of Dr. Hubert Lindsey. No denomination position on this end.

        The Jewish perspective is the basis for what we teach and is confirmed by history, archeology, geology, and of course prophecy. It’s called rightly dividing the the Bible and as you delve deeper into the Scripture it will become more vivid and clear to your understanding. As New Testament teachers We make distinction between Law and Grace, Israel and the Church, Jew and Gentile, Old and New, etc.

        I encourgage you to dig deeper into this study for the full blessing. As you do you will see this teaching is not of private interpretation. This stuff needs to be taught more in this fast paced religious world of much confusion. The Spirit of God will flood your mind and intellect with the truth of His Holy Scripture. Your diligence shines through.

        Also…I am never to busy to address your excellent questions and/or comments. Stay true to God and the Spirit will reveal the deep, deep, things of God. Keep in touch.

        Sincerely,
        Rick Roehm
        http://churchesontrial.blogspot.com/

  8. I a little bit confused about how you arrived at the context in which you interpret Matthew 5. You said that in verse 13, Jesus is speaking to Israel? Does that mean that the entire section of Matthew 5-7 is His speaking to Israel and that none of that applies to the New Testament believers?

    • rickroehm says:

      We do not want anyone to be confused at Christian Blessings. The problem is many mainstreamers today “wrongly divide” the four Gospels… and this leads many students of God’s Word to confusion. Rightly dividing God’s Word is necessary to eliminate confusion that is of the Devil.

      Christ ended Law of Moses at Calvary as the Grace Covenant, the Holy Spirit, and the Church were poured out in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

      The Bible teaches Christ “purchased the Church” with His own blood…Acts 20:28

      The Bible teaches a Testament is without force without the necessity of the death of a Testator…Hebrews 10

      The Old Testament Prophets came through the nation of Israel…and prophesied to Israel.

      The Levitical Priesthood was Jewish for Jewish worship…John the Baptist was a Levite Priest.

      Jesus was born under law…
      Jesus lived under Law…
      Jesus taught Law…
      Jesus kept the Law to the letter to be a perfect sacrifice to God to bring in Grace…

      Jesus’ Sermon on the mount “The Beattitudes” was a reprimand to the Jewish nation for a deviation from the holiness of the Law of Moses. The Talmudic Teachings had crept into Israel and Jesus was preaching to backslidden Israel who were rejecting His Messiahship. This sermon on the mount taught Mosiac Law to Israel who had erred from keeping the Law of Moses which were by the way…613 Laws

      The Grace Covenant which applied to New Testament believers…was only taught in the latter part of the four Gospels.

      It’s important to know Jesus came to His own…and His own received Him not…John 1… Salvation at that time was for the Jew.

      Hope this helps…

      Also, Here’s a link to my site for more clairification in Blogs, audios,and videos…
      Sincerely,
      Rick Roehm
      http://churchesontrial.blogspot.com/

      • So according to your understanding, where does the covenant of grace begin? If I’m understanding you correctly, it would probably be somewhere around Matthew 21. That’s where Jesus cursed the fig tree (signifying the nation of Israel) and then gave the parable of the evil vinedressers ending with 21:43-44 which says the “The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner… Therefore I say to you that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and shall be given to a nation producing its fruit.” Your understanding is that everything after that point applies to the church and that everything before that applies exclusively to the nation of Israel?

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