TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Ephesians 6:17; Romans 5:1-2; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 12:2
BOTTOM LINE: The thief (Satan) has come to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the Full.
QUESTION: What are you using to counter Satan’s attacks of Discouragment and Doubt?
Do you remember back in the days when we used to ride a bike without a helmet? Even though it’s true, that many of us did indeed survive riding our bikes without a helmet, and truth is, we didn’t really know any better and they weren’t readily available. That said, I don’t think there are many today who would advocate that either we or our kids should do the same today.
When we ride a bike, we need to put a helmet on, because we just might need protection for our head. And in the Spiritual battle that we’re engaged in as Followers of Jesus, we need to make sure we ALWAYS have our Spiritual helmet on too … because we never know when we’re going to need it!
Paul says … Ephesians 6:17 … “17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
I want to quickly look at 3 questions about the Helmet of Salvation today …
- Why do I need the Helmet of Salvation?
- What is the Helmet of Salvation?
- How do I take the Helmet of Salvation?
WHY DO I NEED THE HELMET OF SALVATION?
Roman military helmets could be made either out of Metal or Leather. The helmet had a band to protect the forehead, and plates for the cheeks, and it extended down in the back to protect the neck. When the helmet was strapped in place, really only the eyes, nose and mouth were even exposed.
It’s not too difficult to see the Spiritual implications of the helmet. Satan LOVES to attack our mind, and the Helmet of Salvation helps protect us from those attacks. Sort of like the Sword, which has 2 sides, Satan’s sword and attacks are often …
WHAT IS THE HELMET OF SALVATION?
And so what is The Helmet of Salvation? At first thought, many times we think it’s that moment when we exchange our lives w/ Jesus, and then we can find some protection against the Doubt and Discouragement and the Enemy.
The problem w/ that is 2-fold: 1) The audience that Paul is writing here are already Followers of Jesus … he’s not writing to un-Believers and encouraging them to commit their lives to Christ. 2) If all we had to do is exchange our lives w/ Jesus in order to put on The Helmet of Salvation, then why do so many of still battle Discouragement and Doubt?
And so in order to really understand The Helmet of Salvation … there’s some basic info we have to get that Paul talks about all throughout Ephesians … looking at the 3 Aspects of Salvation …
- Past – Justification … freedom from the penalty of Sin
- Present – Sanctification … freedom from the power of Sin
- Future – Glorification … freedom from the presence of Sin
Paul clearly shares that the hope of Salvation that is our Helmet. Paul says, there will be a day when we do not suffer the wrath of God … but instead receive the full measure of our Salvation.
The Helmet of Salvation is the absolute assurance that God will be faithful to bring our Salvation ot its full and complete fulfillment!
I remember watching the Olympic Games one summer and the women’s marathon was on, and about ½ way thru the race, the Romanian runner had pulled away and had this HUGE lead. The commentators kept talking about whether or not she would be able to maintain the lead, or if the group behind her would ultimately catch up.
But the 1 commentator kept making the same point over and over. Once she made the final turn toward the stadium for the finish, she would be able to see the stadium and that would give her the extra shot of adrenaline she needed to finish the grueling race.
That’s a perfect picture of how The Helmet of Salvation protects us from the Discouragement and Doubt of the evil one. There’s a lot of things in the world that can discourage us, and create doubt in our lives. The truth is, all of us have our unique stuff don’t we?
Satan’s target for you might be radically different than his bulls-eye for me.
BUT, what allows us to move beyond discouragement and doubt is the absolute certainty that THIS … [whatever THIS is for you] … is only temporary. One day we will receive the totality of the inheritance that God has promised to us.
HOW DO WE TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION?
And all of that sounds GREAT in theory … but How Do We Take the Helmet of Salvation?
The word take there in verse 17 is a COMMAND. It literally means to receive or accept. Once the soldier had on all his other armor and was ready to go into Battle, his attendant or armor bearer would hand him his helmet and his sword. So the soldier would have to take or accept those pieces of armor in order to be properly prepared for battle.
- BASE MY HOPE ON GOD’S WORD & NOT MY FEELINGS
- REMEMBER THAT MY SALVATION IS ALL GOD’S WORK
- KEEP OUR EYES ON THE FINISH LINE
For the marathon runner, they know that in 26 miles and 385 yards, there’s a Finish Line. It’s the only way they can endure.
The same is true for us. We firmly take The Helmet of Salvation… and we “… fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and protector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2