Daniël tells us how to put on the Helmet of Salvation
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The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, ebe strong in the Lord and in fthe strength of his might.11 gPut on hthe whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand againstithe schemes of the devil. 12 For jwe do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against kthe rulers, against the authorities, against lthe cosmic powers over mthis present darkness, against nthe spiritual forces of evil oin the heavenly places. 13 Therefore ptake up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in qthe evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, rhaving fastened on the belt of truth, and shaving put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, tas shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up uthe shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all vthe flaming darts of wthe evil one; 17 and take sthe helmet of salvation, and xthe sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying yat all times zin the Spirit,awith all prayer and supplication. To that end bkeep alert with all perseverance, making csupplication for all the saints, 19 and dalso for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth eboldly to proclaim fthe mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I gam an ambassador hin chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
We are almost at the end of our series on The Armor of God. We need the Armor of God, because we are at war.
We are not battling flesh, people, governments, but that our war is a spiritual one. The battlefield so to say is our minds, in our ideas, in how we perceive…most important what we think, what our ideas are, what we we perceive about God.
So we need the whole Armor of God, to help us in this battlefield
Today we are going to look at the 5th element of the Armor; the Helmet of Salvation.
The image been pictured by Paul is that of a Roman soldier. For those days a common en recognizable image. Epheseus was a controlled by the Romans. I In fact, Roman Soldiers never went to battle without their Helmets, so it is an important part of his Armor. The image spoke into the culture of the day. It is important that we acknowledge this, for when talk about the Helmet, we, as western, modern thinking individuals, are often immediately drawn to the image that is has something to do with our thinking. Actually it has not. In those days, in most cultures, your mind, intellect or even your conscience was considered to be found in your liver, or your heart. So I don’t think Paul wanted to make a point concerning our intellect. So this analogy won’t fly…
Since Paul is addressing believers, those who have come to faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ that is, putting on the Helmet of Salvation cannot refer to receiving Christ as Savior. The only ones who can take up any piece of Gods Armor, are those in his army ig. those who are already involved in the war against Satan, those who are already saved. What is then the meaning of the Helmet of Salvation.
1. What is Salvation?
The most important question that rises to mind is what is Salvation.
I. translation / literal meaning
– The word Salvation is translated from the Greek (language of the NT) word Soteria, which derived from the Soter, meaning ‚Savior’ . The word Salvation, communicates the thought of deliverance, safety, welfare, prosperity, preservation, salvation.
Although in Theology the word Salvation is mostly used to denote a work of God on behalf of men and, and as such it is a major doctrine of the bible. The word Salvation covers a lot more then this.
II. The Past, The Present and the Future Salvation
When we talk about salvation there are 3 tenses. / phases we need to discern; the past, the present and future effects of salavation.
ad The Past
The first tense is the past. For believers this is the fact that they are saved from the penalty of sin.(theological term is Justification)
The bible teaches us very clearly that all man, everyone has fallen into sin. Joop explained that ever since the first sin, when Satan set out to destroy mankind, destroy the relationship with God, all of mankind suffers from the results of that sin.
We all lack the nearness of God. (see Romans 3 e.v.) But God in his Love, sent his only Son to make atonement for the sin of the World. In other words, the penalty of sin, death, removed from God for eternity, was laid upon Jesus Christ.
Salvation is through Christ and only through Christ.
If you are a Christian, if you believe in the Salvation through Jesus Christ, then this is your security. Not by works or by any thing you or I have done or are, but only through Gods love and grace shown and made visible and accomplished in Jesus Christ, our Salvation is real. It is Finished!!!
Eph2:5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – 8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;
Complete and perfect is this work of salvation in Christ. Nothing can be added nothing can be removed from this!!
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!
Romans 8:31-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
So the first phase of Salvation, is the fact that Jesus Christ died in our place, and brought us back into the Fathers arms.
To stay in the analogy of war and warfare; we are now in Gods army, and no-one can take us away from that army. And that army is on a mission. To take ground for the Kingdom of God, proclaiming the Gospel of Salvation and making disciples all around the world.
Attacks by the enemy are on this certainty; how can you know you are save? Don’t you have to do something to be saved…you are not saved because you are a sinner…It is finished
ad The Present
We now arrive at the present tense of Salvation, and has to do with the present deliverance over the reigning power of sin.
Again in theology this tense / phase is called sanctification. This aspect of salvation involves our daily life on earth. Or to use the war-analogy; our current battlefield…
Being under God’s grace, the past effect of Salvation, sin no longer has mastery over us. Let me expand a little on this subject. First Pauls Says in Romans 6:1 Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the Glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
So for those of us, who have faith in Jesus Christ, we also have new life. This new life contains all the renewals of what I explains earlier about the meaning of the word salvation. In other words, there is restoration, Jesus made all things new, Jesus saved, our view (the battlefield) of welfare, prosperity, preservation, safety, wholeness…
The new Jesus gives not only reflects in us being reconciled with God the Father, but also has a horizontal effect. It effects the way we view relationships, how we view poverty and riches,… on what do we built our safety. All these aspects of life are renewed through the saving work of Jesus Christ.
Attacks by the enemy;
Individualism; we only care about our own salvation… (its all about Jesus love for me) No…we are in the army now, we have a battle to fight together…
Indifference; we don’t care about the world around us, we ignore that brokeness of the world
False security; we built our security on the things of this world; money, status, approval by others,
False view of Prosperity; using the Gospel for our own prosperity; Selling Jesus…
You might say, that we we look at the world around us, we don’t see the results of salvation. We see people getting sick, we see poverty we see, injustice… Then I will say that is true, we still live in a broken world, where the forces of evil have free play. That is why, the third phase of Salvation is one that keeps us from getting depressed…
ad The Future
The future tense / phase of Salvation refers to the future deliverance in theology called glorification, when one day we shall be delivered in full, body mind and soul. We will be one with Jesus, and he will come back to restore all that is wrong in this World, He will come and judge all injustice, he will come and take away our tears, our pain our sickness forever! What a glorious future awaits us…
I believe that in this final aspect of salvation the strength of the Helmet lies. If we lose hope for the future promise of salvation then there can be no security in the present. This is why, I think, Paul calls this piece of armor the hemet, which is the hope of our salvation (1 Tess 5;8 8 But since awe are of the day, let us bbe 1sober, having put on the cbreastplate of dfaith and love, and as a ehelmet, the fhope of salvation.)
Having the first fruits of salvation, Paul explains in Romans 8;23 ev, ‚even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in this hope we have been saved.
The helmet of Salvation is that great hope, of final salvation that gives us assurance and confidence in the battlefield of everyday life. Its the assurance that our battle with Satan will not last forever, that one day we will be victorious with Christ.
We know the battle is only for this life, and even a long earthly life is no more than a split second compared to eternity with our Lord in heaven. We are not in a race we can lose. We have no uncertain hope that our own continued efforts or those of our loved ones and friends will perhaps some day finally make us acceptable to God.
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you have never put your trust in Jesus Christ, may we invite you to do so right now. He has removed the barrier that stands as a separation between you and God and an abundant life of fellowship and significance as a child of God, but you must personally receive Jesus Christ by faith.l health and growth.
1 Peter 2:2 like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
– Praying in groups of 3 or 4 people for the different phases of Salvation…