Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

“And take the helmet of salvation……” Eph 6:17

The helmet, of course, protected the head, another area which needed to be guarded from a fatal blow. This was a vital piece in the Roman armor, just as it is in ours. 

Satan loves to pervert the Word of God. This is what he did to Jesus. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He repeated to Satan, “it is written” and “it is said.” In the last temptation that Satan fired at Jesus, he quoted the Word to Jesus. Satan knows the Bible by heart, the Word is no stranger to him. If he finds a Christian who is standing on the Word, he will try to distort it. That is when we need the helmet of salvation. 

Personally, I have met many Christians who are virtually on the brink of mental illness because they lack the full assurance of salvation – that eternal life is theirs. When they commit fleshly sins habitually, the enemy attacks them severely by accusing that God won’t forgive their sins this time. This sin syndrome leads to guilt and eventually estrangement.

The helmet of salvation is knowing that our salvation is absolutely secure and complete. Once we believe in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection which constitutes God’s absolute righteousness, our past, present and future sins  are completely purged. God Who sees our heart, acknowledges that we have been purified by faith and blesses us with the Holy Spirit. Once we have believed in God in this manner, we can never be taken out of His family. “And I give eternal life to them and they shall never perish and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.” (essence) John 10:28-30.

However, Satan will take some obscure verses and try to undo the clear teaching of Christ’s finished work  and deceive us into thinking that we have lost our salvation. He will take some of these verses and twist them to undo the teaching found in the Gospel truth of the water and Spirit which clearly declares that salvation is once and for all received by grace through faith alone. 

Salvation does not depend upon performance, it never has and never will. It depends on what Christ did for us. If we do not have the helmet or assurance of salvation, we cannot have a vitally strong faith. 

Friends, we must be aware of false teachers who are peddling damaging doctrines. I urge you all to keep close watch on your personal lives. The Christian life demands diligence in pursuing moral excellence, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and selfless love.


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