Monday, April 6, 2009
The Helmet of Salvation (Armor of God, cont.)
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation,
Many believe the "Helmet of Salvation" to be talking about getting saved. It is not. It is more walking in confident assurance of salvation than it is the moment of salvation. Now, before I go further, certainly you must be saved in order to effectively fight the good fight. If you're not, you're on the wrong side of this war anyway. But there are a lot of saved people who aren't walking in confident assurance of their salvation and as a result never engage in the battle for the Lord.
Paul, nailed this down in his first letter to the Thessalonians. He has this to say:
1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
The word hope there speaks of a confident assurance. It is being confident of who we are in Christ. So, just who are we in Christ?
We're more than conquerors!
We're accepted in the beloved!
We're heirs and joint heirs with Jesus!
We're loved by the Father!
We're not condemned!
We're seated in Heavenly places!
We're endwelt by the Holy Spirit!
We're ambassadors of Christ!
We're not our own!
We're bought with a price!
AND THE LIST COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON!!!!
Until a person is confident in their eternal position and standing in Christ, they won't effectively fight the good fight of faith!
So, how can one have this confidence?
1. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling! Make sure you are saved!
2. Live out what is inside! Live for Jesus! We are His workmanship created in Him for good works.
3. Give out the gospel. Everywhere and to everyone, share what Jesus has done for you and them. And
4. Speak out for Jesus and the truth of God's Word!
This week, rest in who you are in Christ, and live for Jesus fully armed and ready for battle!