“THE HELMET OF SALVATION”
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”-Ephesians 6:17
The knowledge of salvation, how we are saved, that we are included in the redemptive work of Christ upon the cross and the hope that one day we will be with Jesus is one of the greatest pieces of armor the Christian can wear! To have the blessed hope and assurance of the scriptures that one day we will dwell in a better place, where sorrow, cares and sin can not reach us and that we will never have to say good bye to a loved one gives strength in the hottest battle, during the greatest discouragement and keeps us from the most tempting lust. Not only having a knowledge of where we are going, but also understanding what we have been delivered from: the wrath to come, eternal torment and damnation protects the Christian’s head and thinking. There have been no sweeter words to fall upon man’s ears that the words that Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”, for those words meant salvation to the thief. I believe the same may be said of ever one of us today, that to have our salvation confirmed as best as we may in this life, is the greatest encouragement, the most assuring comfort, or….the hardest helmet anyone can wear. Christian, is the metal in your helmet composed of your own works or God’s grace? If it is of your own works you are standing on shifting sand. After Jonah had been carried to the bottom of the sea he was in no position to lay his good works on one side of the balance and feel that he had attained. His cry was, “Salvation is of the Lord.” There is nothing wrong with a sure reliance upon the finished works of Jesus for our salvation! It has been said that Augustus Toplady wrote the classic Christian hymn, “Rock of Ages” because the people in his day had abandoned grace for works like the Galatian church. The words reflect his utter dependence upon Jesus for his salvation: ”Could my tears forever flow, Could my zeal no languor know, These for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone: In my hand no price I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.” The Lord has given many assurances in His word to make our helmet strong, assurances that tell us that we do indeed belong to Him. John tells us that “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”. Believing that Jesus is the Christ goes beyond believing that Jesus was a real person who once lived on earth. False religions, people with false hopes of heaven, believe He was a prophet of sorts. Believing that Jesus is the Christ means that He was and is the anointed Messiah, the One prophesied of, the Son of God, God manifested in the flesh that rose victorious over death, hell and the grave. A person who does not believe this has no evidence that they belong to God. Another great evidence is found in our personal experience: Christian, do your sins trouble you? They do not trouble everyone. On the day of Pentecost, some were pricked in the heart, they repented and turned to God. Today, they are with God! Another evidence is our love for the Lord, “for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” Do you love God? And how about His Son? Some may say they love God, even the Father and deny the diety of Christ. Many wicked ones who crucified our Lord said that. God the Father they claimed, the Son they denied!! That is the spirit of antichrist that was prophesied to come and is ever growing around us today. One can not love or have fellowship with the true Father but through His Son, Jesus Christ: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”- John 14:6. No man means none at all! Another great evidence is if we seek a better country. Abraham and his kindred confessed they were strangers and pilgrim in this world. They sought a better country where God is not ashamed to be called their God.