“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.”
John tells Jesus that they saw someone who was not of their group casting out demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus tells them that anyone doing a deed of power in His name will not be able to then speak evil about Him.
Jesus goes on to tell the disciples that they must not cause a “little one” to stumble in their faith. It is better to cut off parts of our body that cause us to sin than to be whole and cast into hell.
Everyone will be salted with fire. Jesus’ followers must allow the salt of the Holy Spirit to be always present.
Jesus is very liberal in His grace- far more so than we are. He doesn’t require us to be on His team to minister His power. Sometimes we hear of evangelists who aren’t themselves born again yet they effectively preach the gospel. People who aren’t believers find themselves praying for healing for others, and God responds.
God delights for His grace to be manifest in the world so that as many as possible can be saved.
This does not mean that judgement will not come. Everyone will be salted with fire, and it is better to enter life maimed than to be whole in hell.
The eternal question is not “What did you do for Christ?” but “Is Christ in your heart?”
Lord you are good in all of your ways. Thank you for setting me free from sin in the death of Jesus. Amen.