Mark 9:49-50 ¶ “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
This is a powerful passage that Jesus spoke about the the possible effects sin will have on our lives. He had been telling the disciples the danger of sin and talked about plucking out eyes and hacking off hands, sin is serious business. He went on to talk about salt and fire. As Christians, we are priests and sacrifices unto God. Our lives are effected by the “salt” of God’s presence and word. Salt has two effects on us. It purifies and preserves us. In this rotting world of self indulgence we need to be salted regularly. The sin is purged from our heart and we are preserved in holiness to live a different kind of life. Christians are also impacted by the fire of God. Our God is a consuming fire and we are baptized in the fire of the Holy Spirit on a regular basis. This fire of God inflames our affections as well as cleansing us from the worldly grime that surrounds us. Regretfully, the lost experience fire. This eternal fire of God will consume the lost. Those who have chosen to face eternity alone will suffer the unimaginable horror of eternal fire. Here is Mathew Poole’s take on this passage.
“The saints are both priests and sacrifices. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. God hath a fire, and a salt, which every man must endure. He hath a purging fire, to take away men’ s dross and tin. Some he baptizes with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. And he hath a consuming, tormenting fire, a fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. It is true, the Lord’ s sacred fire of his Holy Spirit will, like fire and salt, cause smart while it purges out our lusts; but judge you whether it be not better to endure that smart than to endure hell fire, for every one must endure one of these. Yea, and every one must be salted with fire. The saints shall be seasoned with influences of grace, and they shall by the Holy Spirit of God be preserved by faith through the power of God to salvation, till their purity of heart and holiness of life shall issue in an incorruptibility of being and blessed state.”
Salt and fire, two necessary ingredients to keep us in the midst of our putrefying society. Every day we face temptation and compromise. The pressure is on because ‘everyone is doing it’ and ‘God is love’ and ‘love wins’. What a miserable way for a Christian to live. The fire of God changes that. He changes us. He changes what we love. Being salted daily with fire is the way of pleasure, the only pleasure that lasts, the unspeakable pleasures of God.