Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Whole Armor of God, Part 10

Today I continue my series of articles commenting on the concept and principles involved in the Armor of God, which the apostle Paul described in the New Testament. This is the topic of the Sunday school lesson I am currently teaching.

The Armor of God – Helmet of Salvation

5. Salvation : Having the helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:17)

The Apostle Paul writes that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a). Death for the unbeliever lands one in hell followed by the judgment of God which is Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment. If the person’s name is not found written in the Book of Life then they are thrown into the Lake of Fire to be tormented endlessly. This is the second death. The Lake of Fire is God’s eternal judgment on the wicked. From this one must be saved or they will perish in it.

God sent His Son into the world to redeem mankind from eternal punishment (Psalms 2:7). Jesus was born sinless (John 14:30), lived sinless (Hebrews 4:15), and allowed Himself to be crucified (Luke 24:26) and cursed of God (Galatians 3:13). He took the sins of the whole world in His own body on the cross (I Peter 2:24) and received against Himself the wrath of God for those sins (Matthew 27:46).

When a person believes In Jesus they then have the righteousness of Jesus attributed to them (II Corinthians 5:21).

A. Being Saved - Having the helmet of salvation would include that person having been saved. One needs to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:16) “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:8-10) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13)

B. Know You Are Saved - Someone who knows they are saved believes the gospel of Jesus Christ. “The Spirit of God within a person bears witness with the person that they are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16)

C. Assurance of Salvation - Having been saved from the wrath of God; a person who is saved has the assurance of salvation. ‘And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (I John 5:11-12) “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (I John 5:13)

D. Knowing that Salvation is by Faith Alone - What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:1-5) “What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;” Romans 9:30-32

E. Gift of God - God gave blood to make atonement for peoples souls. (Leviticus 17:11). The sins of the people were covered by the blood of sheep and cattle but the blood of those animal sacrifices could not take away sin. (Hebrews 10:1-4, 11) Finally, Jesus gave His blood on the cross. His blood takes away the sins of the believer. (Hebrews 9:14; 10:12-14). No other person can give to God a ransom for anyone else’s soul (Psalm 49:6-9). The gift from God is eternal life (Romans 6:23). “Those who have eternal life are saved. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

F. Faith Allows God’s Grace - “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.” (Romans 4:16)

G. Saved from Wrath - “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9)

H. Justified - “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

I. Sanctified - To be set apart from the rest of humanity as holy, free from sin and morally right for God’s purpose. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:10-14)

J. Forgiven - When a person is saved their sins are forgiven. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7) “And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house.” ( Matthew 9:2-7)

K. Prayer - A person that is saved has usually prayed for salvation. “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others. Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)

L. Our Own Righteousness Is Useless - “Someone who is saved is not depending on their own goodness for salvation. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6

M. In Christ - Noah was in the ark when the flood of water came on the earth and was safe. (Genesis 7:23) Those who are saved are in Christ and safe when the judgement of God comes on the wicked. (Romans 8:1). “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:5) “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:29-32)

N. Hope of Glory - Those who are saved have a glorious hope. (Colossians 1:27). They will receive new bodies like that of Jesus after His resurrection. (I Corinthians 15: 51-54). The saved will reign with Jesus one thousand years on earth. (Revelation 20:6). The saved will live in the new heaven and new earth and have the New Jerusalem as their home and dwell with God forever. (Revelation 21:1, 2).

Do you have the helmet of Salvation?

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