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For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt (Mark 9:49)

What does it mean to be salted with fire?! It looks from this verse like one can be salted in one of the two possible ways: either with fire or with salt. What are the differences?

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Some passages which may help in forming an answer: "Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt." (Leviticus 2:13) "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matthew 3:11) On the relevance of the latter, see here. –  Jas 3.1 Jan 9 '14 at 6:26
Please see my comments here, which allude not only to complete sterility, but also to a permanent state of desolation. –  Joseph Apr 15 '14 at 16:32

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When Jesus speaks the words "being salted with fire," he is probably referring back to the the verse in Leviticus 2:13 which reads,(NIV)

Season all your grain offerings with salt.do not leave the salt of your covenant of your God out of your grain offerings,add salt to your offerings.

Also In Leviticus 2:16 we read,

The Priest shall burn the memorial portion of the crushed grain and the oil,together with all the incense,as an offering made to ,the Lord by fire.

The words of Jesus,"everyone will be salted with fire" is a prophetic utterance, and in verse 50 we read,(NIV)

"Salt is good,but if it loses its saltiness,how can you make it salty again?Have salt in yourselves,and be at peace with each other."

The words of Paul appear to tell us that he has in his mind,the above verse's spoken in Leviticus and by by Jesus, when he speaks from Romans:12-1

Therefore, i urge you,brothers, in view of Gods mercy,to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship

And then he goes on to say in verse 2,

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

and then again we read Paul speaking in Philippians 4:7,

"And the peace of God which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Looking at the above three verses, Romans 12:1-2, and Philippians 4:7 we can establish that the phrase "renewing of the mind" and "heart," will result in the believer being gifted with the "peace of God which transcends all understanding, and will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

When we read Mark:49-50 again,Jesus says,(NIV)

"Have salt in yourselves,and be at peace with each other."

As i have stated,the scripture "everyone will be salted with fire," is a prophetic utterance by Jesus. Paul is probably unaware that he is helping to fulfil the words of Jesus and is also probably unaware of his own words,""to offer your bodies as living sacrifices," has its meaning in Leviticus 2:13. I think Paul would have mentioned these scriptures to us if he was aware of the connection.

So what we can understand about the above scriptures?

1: Renewing of the heart and mind results in peace for the believer.

2:Jesus tells us to "have salt in yourselves,and be at peace with one another".

3 Having this salt in ourselves will give us peace.

In 1:Thess 5-19,we are told,

"Do not put out the spirits fire:

A saying that informs us that the Spirit is fire.

And in Romans:8-6 it says,

"The mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace."

To have salt in ourselves must mean to preserve our minds with peace.

(I hope the connection between salt and peace is as evident to the reader as it is to me).


"being salted with fire means,"

To be preserved with the Holy Spirit

The fire being the Holy Spirit and the salt being the preservative. But there is a warning that we can lose the preservative (Salt) because it is written in Mark:9-50

"Salt is good,but if it loses its saltiness,how can you make it salty again?

"Do not put out the spirits fire." 1:Thess 5-19.

Leviticus 2:13= The old covenant

Mark 9:49 = The new covenant

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