Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’.
Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Here again I struggle with salvation – can one lose it? Yet here, I don’t think ‘salt’ speaks of salvation. The earlier verses speak of building a structure – salvation is not a structure built up over time, it is a gift given outside of our own works. What then, does salt and building represent?
I think it refers to the working out of our salvation, or the working out of what we think is our salvation. The gospel is easy to grasp; the message isn’t terribly complicated. And it’s so easy to accept without really knowing what it entails. So perhaps I accept the gospel as a ‘feel-good’ message, without grasping the cost and necessity of sacrifice that stems from our response to Him. As such when I work out my salvation and newfound position in Christ, I realise that this wasn’t what I signed up for. What then did I find? A purely intellectual understanding? A purely emotional experience?
Either way, neither saves.