Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?



“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13 NIV).



I dropped my salt shaker into a bowl of water and vinegar.  If it had only been water on the top of the shaker, the water would have evaporated and all would be well again. Unfortunately, the small amount of vinegar in the water contaminated the salt and it was useless. I washed out the shaker and let it air out. The residue even contaminated the shaker so that it was no longer usable.Like salt, things of the world can infiltrate our spirituality and diminish our spiritual effectiveness in a world that needs good salt. More so, our contamination can impact those around us. Not only do we become useless as Christ’s “seasoning” we pour our bitterness on everyone we touch.

Is it any wonder Satan wants to use the world, vinegar, as a weapon against us who have been blessed with the gospel?

Vinegar has purpose and function. It contains properties that can clean and purify.

However, it corrodes.

Jesus refers to the believer as “salt.”

Much has been written on the above verse and speculation abounds as to what Jesus meant when he uttered these words. Many theologians have likened Christians to table salt and its properties … a seasoning that induces thirst as well as flavor.

Unlike our common table salt of today, the salt in New Testament times was rare and a precious commodity.

When Jesus spoke of “salt” in The Sermon on the Mount, he addressed the throngs who followed him … Gentiles as well as Jews, and his intimate circle of disciples.

Then who did Jesus mean when he said, “You are the salt of the earth?”

you, me, and all believers

 Many Bible scholars believe the Sermon on the Mount was directed at those who recognized Christ as the Messiah and believed He was sent by God. Though many theological aspects of His divinity would yet be revealed, many understood He’d come to show them the way to an intimate knowledge of God.

His words, preserved for us by New Testament writers, was intended to show those who sought after God, both present, and future, and held the key to living victoriously in a sinful world that not only rejected our Lord but would reject us because we are one with him.

How are we one with Christ?

When we accept His substitutionary work on the Christ, personalize it, confess our helplessness to obtain salvation through our own efforts, realize our sinful nature and estate, God then accepts us, fills us, and begins a work in us. We are no longer who we once were and start becoming what God intended for us to be from the beginning of time.

We are new

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 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (1 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).


For Consideration

How do the good things of the world corrupt the believer? What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments below.

About Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her website and blog, called Snark and Sensibility.


  1. Wonderful post, Linda! So thankful the Lord loves us and makes us new! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great way to think about salt every time we pick up the shaker!

  3. Thanks for stopping by

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