This helmet I suppose
Was meant to beat back blows
It’s very popular and weighs rather a lot
So off this helmet goes, so off this helmet goes.
So sings one of many characters in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Princess Ida—proper earlier than coming into a duel! I used to belong to a fencing membership, so I can testify that the equipment required for fight—even with blunt foils—definitely matched that description: scorching, heavy, and uncomfortable. But if you understand the dangers concerned in that exact exercise, you’re extra more likely to take significantly the necessity for correct gear to interact in it.
However what’s the correct gear wanted to face life? The reply depends upon what you anticipate life to be like. Many individuals, together with Christians, anticipate life to be a stroll within the park. As a result of that’s their expectation, they’re mentally dressed accordingly, in a t-shirt and shorts, with flimsy flip-flops on their ft. They aren’t alert and on guard, second by second anticipating the assault of a robust adversary. As an alternative, they’re sauntering by way of their days, carelessly having fun with the sunshine, not wearing correct religious security gear.
Helmet of Salvation
Let me give a selected instance, what Paul calls “the helmet of salvation” (Eph. 6:17).
With a purpose to put it on, you first must know what this helmet is. Just like the breastplate of righteousness, this piece of armor is borrowed immediately from the outline of the divine warrior in Isaiah 59:17. In reality, God’s righteousness and his individuals’s salvation happen collectively steadily in Isaiah. God’s righteousness—his dependable dedication to satisfy all his guarantees to his individuals—means he should act to ship them from all their enemies, together with the best enemy of all—their sin, and the separation from God it causes.
This agency promise of God gives the idea for his or her safe hope amid life’s trials and difficulties. That’s the reason in 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Paul describes this piece of armor extra absolutely because the “helmet of the hope of salvation.” The Christian’s helmet is his or her positive hope of salvation.
Many Christians appear to have mislaid their helmets.
But many Christians appear to have mislaid their helmets. Most individuals are “hoping” to be saved, maybe, however that’s not what Paul means. So far as battle headgear, that sort of “hoping to be saved” is as helpful as a floppy solar hat. It received’t do you a lot good when the battle grows fierce. Within the Bible, hope isn’t a imprecise optimism that the whole lot goes to work out in the long run; quite, it’s a settled conviction about the place you’ll spend eternity. Biblical hope is sufficiently positive which you could give a cause for it (1 Pet. 3:15). But many can’t supply an excellent cause for his or her imprecise sense that they’re going to heaven.
One evangelistic outreach program suggests asking, “If you were to die tonight and God were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into my heaven?’ what would you say?” Many don’t have a solution. Others reply, “I’ve tried my best to love people; I’m no worse than anyone else.” These individuals have an unsure cause for his or her hope. If you happen to’re relying by yourself goodness to enter heaven, you may by no means know for positive the place you’re going. Are you ok for God’s commonplace? What for those who do one thing dreadful later in life? After I look into my very own coronary heart and see all of the incorrect issues I believe and do daily, I do know I don’t have any probability of coming into heaven primarily based on my private document. Actually, I might by no means make sure of going to heaven alone goodness.
Certain and Regular Hope
However the Bible tells us we can know for positive that we’re going to heaven. The apostle John says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). John needs us to know for positive we’re going to heaven, and he explains how: “This is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11–12). If we’ve Jesus, we’ve life. If we don’t have Jesus, we don’t have life. Everlasting life is God’s free present, which involves us wrapped up in his Son. We obtain Jesus Christ and his righteousness, and together with him we obtain life. Flip your again on Jesus, and in the identical movement you’re turning your again on heaven.
We have now our helmet of the hope of salvation firmly in place and are actually ready to face life’s storms.
That’s the reason believers could be positive about going to heaven. If attaining heaven depends upon our greatest efforts, it should all the time stay unsure. But when heaven is obtained as a free present, we are able to know we’ve it for positive. As absolutely as we’ve obtained Jesus’s excellent goodness and requested for all our failure and sin to be laid on him, so absolutely we’ve obtained heaven. Dressed within the breastplate of Christ’s righteousness, given to us as a free present of grace, we could be totally assured of our everlasting future: we’ve our helmet of the hope of salvation firmly in place and are actually able to face life’s storms.
Life is difficult. That’s regular for followers of a crucified King. We’re engulfed by difficulties and temptations on all sides. We should wrestle with our rebellious hearts, in addition to exterior trials. All of the extra cause, then, to be correctly clothed. For once we face trials within the armor God has given, and the forces of darkness have accomplished their worst and the fog of warfare lastly lifts, we might be discovered standing agency in hope, within the energy supplied by the Holy Spirit.