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THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST AN EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD.
MATT. v. 13-16.
(Luke xi. 33.)
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, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men."
THOSE Who on this occasion were immediately around the Lord, were His disciples. The multitude who heard Him might become so; but of His disciples He says, Ye are the salt of the earth. In every country salt is necessary to man;—but in the climate of Judea, the products of the earth would be useless without it. And as salt gives to these their value, and makes them salutary and profitable, so must His disciples be to the inhabitants of the world. They must mix with them, and season them with their own faith, and with the habits springing from it, and so keep them from corruption.
The Jewish people should have been this salt to the nations of the earth. For this purpose,