Summary: How to stand against the devil.
INTRO:Remember when little boy playing football & hear comes the little running back & I was going to hammer him so I stuck my head down & bang! Before I knew it I was on my back, little kid running over top of me. I felt such pain & saw stars everything goes black) see He was able to run over me because I didn’t have the proper helmet (3 sizes too big). Pain caused me not to react properly (blacking out). Same Spiritual we get whip when we don’t have the proper headware.
-Continuing series "How to Dress for Success", today "The Proper Headware"
TITLE: "Helmet of Salvation”
TEXT: Ephesians 6:10, 17
I. Helmet of Salvation - protect our head from a crushing blow by our enemy
Head - contains about 3 lbs of gray matter called the brain, mind. Our personal computer we carry around with us. Our mind is our command & control center. It controls our actions & feelings.
-Proverbs says as a man thinks, so is he!
Enemy attacks the mind - he know he can control us by controlling our mind, That’s why God gives us the Helmet of Salvation to counter the enemy,
Roman Day - sword 3 or 4 ft. long, weighing a ton (both hands lift above head to smash down, crushing the head, what enemy is trying to do).
God counters giving us the Helmet of Salvation (Assurance that we are saved, born again)
I John 5:13 "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life,"
Assurance that will bring peace and comfort, because what does Bible say about double minded man, unstable in all his Nays (not sure of your salvation, you’re wobbling in your Christian walk, just what enemy wants).
II.3 Parts Salvation (Past, Present, Future)
A.Past of salvation
1. Penalty of sin - when we accepted Christ as our Savior we were saved from the penalty of sin (death & hell)
Justified - forgiven, being right, breastplate of righteousness (this is our position in Christ)
Why we can come faultless before the throne because of who we are in Christ.
B.Present of Salvation - happening now
1.Saved from power of sin - sanctification were becoming righteous.
When we accepted, we were declared righteous but we still live in this body & have sin in our lives.
Christian life is a struggle between the old nature and the new nature called sanctification.
C.Future of salvation
1.Saved from the presence of sin - Bible describes those outside of Christ as being dominated by sin, it’s like a king who sits on the throne of their lives (good things done by them are only done to earn favors, manipulation, just earn points with people),
When except Christ - Christ dethrones sin but sin’s presence is in our life. In Christ we have the power to say NO to sin.
2.Glorification - one day we will be with Jesus either He will come to us or we will go to Him, when we see Him we will be like Him (no more sinning).
1.Justification - past tense (past salvation)
2.Sanctification - present tense (present salvation) Glorification - future tense (future salvation)
3.Another way to say this:
a.We have been saved - Justification
b.We are being saved - Sanctification
c.We shall be saved - Glorification
All 3 tense are picked up in Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you (Justification) will carry it on to completion (Sanctification) until the day of Christ Jesus (Glorification),"
4. Justification is our position in Christ
Sanctification is our experience in Christ.
Glorification is when both these come together (position & experience are one, we are complete in Christ)
-Devil tries & destroys our experience (Sanctification, because he can’t destroy our position in Christ, Justification),
E. 2 Basic views on the security of salvation
1.You can not lose your salvation
2.You can lose your salvation - Don’t want to go into detail but those are the 2 choices,
Say this if you can lose your salvation, it’s extremely hard & #2 - you can not get back (my opinion).
III. How can I be sure JC is in my life (Christian?)
Certain vital signs that tell us we have life also there are spiritual vital signs that tell us we have life,II Cor. 13:5 "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you - unless of course you fail the test!"
A. Apostle John lets us know about eternal life and knowing we have eternal life.
- Gospel of John talks about truths of eternal life
- Gospel of John talks about being born again