Taking the Helmet of Salvation

by Esther

The helmet of salvation, like all the armour Paul describes, comes from God. At the dawn of history, when mankind disobeyed God, He made a plan. Rather than wrath, He poured out His grace and offered the gift of His salvation. The result would be an everlasting salvation. God foretells this plan of salvation through the Old Testament, provides it through His Son Jesus Christ, and offers it to individuals.

“Sing to the Lord all the earth; Proclaim the news of His salvation from day to day,”1 Chr.16:23.

Foretold Through the Old Testament

As the gavel fell on that evil day at the beginning of time, God announced His plan of salvation; “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” From that point, it ripples its way through history. Peter tells us that the prophets inquired and searched diligently of salvation, and spoke of the grace that would come to God’s children. Also, we see it as we read the Psalms, and study the writings of Isaiah, Habakkuk and Zechariah. From them we learn this gift of salvation comes at a heavy price.

Provided Through Jesus Christ

The life of Jesus was the price. Zechariah saw it when filled with the Spirit he said, “Behold your king is coming to you, He is just and having salvation; lowly and riding on a donkey.” Later, the Priest Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, prophesied under the influence of the Holy Spirit, “He has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the House of David.” Then the devout Simeon also prompted by the Holy Spirit, as Joseph and Mary presented Jesus, declared, “For my eyes have seen Your salvation.” Finally Peter at Pentecost, full of the Spirit, proclaimed, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.”

Offers It To Individuals

Because of it, the Apostle Paul endured all things to spread the word. He was not ashamed of the gospel. Through it we would hear and believe, receiving salvation. God set His chosen ones apart by the Spirit and their belief in the truth. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Paul preached. Then further admonished, “Don’t put it off. Work out your own salvation. Do it with fear and trembling.” Then later, the writer to the Hebrews admonishes his readers, by asking, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation which at the first was spoken of by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?” Thus when we hear the question “What will you do with Jesus?” We hear it personally. The affirmative answer is our helmet. Therefore, take it.

God foretells this plan of salvation through the Old Testament, provides it through His Son Jesus Christ, and offers it to individuals.

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