Helmet Of Salvation Part II: Free Will, Acceptance, And Our Inheritance

Helmet Of Salvation Part II: Free Will, Acceptance, And Our Identity In Christ

Ephesians 6:17 New International Version (NIV) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The helmet is adorned to protect the head. Why is it that the apostle Paul chose to associate salvation with this particular piece of armor?  This line of questioning in Priscilla Shirer’s “The Armor Of God” inspired some deep thinking when it comes to salvation.

Why is salvation associated with the head? I wondered. Then it dawns on me…

Our minds!  The brain is not only the means by which we are able to physically move or perform, it is also the place where all our decision making takes place. From the clothes we wear to the house we buy, we are constantly making decisions. The most important choice any one of us will make though is accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Salvation, our salvation, while it was given freely by Jesus must be treated as any gift we receive. It must be accepted. We must choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord. Once we have accepted Christ, we receive salvation we then need to start applying salvation.

The Process Of  Salvation

1st – We are Justified through the Blood of Christ.

2nd – We are Sanctified, even as sinners, we are rescued and restored.

3rd – We are saved by His life.

Justification: to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit; and/or  be declared or made righteous in the sight of God.

Romans 5:9-10 New International Version (NIV) Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Sanctification: to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate, or to purify or free from sin

James 1:21 New International Version (NIV) Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

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Inheritance: We Are Heirs and Heiresses Of God

Our  relationship with God has love which depths are abound. After all…..

God Chose Us

God Adopted Us

God Bestowed His Grace Upon Us

God Redeemed Us

God Has Given Us A Vast Inheritance

When we refuse to accept the gift of Christ’s salvation and do not wear our helmet we leave our minds unprotected.  Without the protection of Christ’s Salvation:

We Can Become Insecure

We Can Fall Subject To Doubt

We Can Be Deceived

Who We Are & Who We Are Not

 

WE ARE:                                                               WE ARE NOT:

Worthy                                                                      Unworthy

Loved                                                                         Unloved

Capable                                                                      Incapable

Desirable                                                                   Undesirable

Forgiven                                                                    Unforigven

Known                                                                       Unknown

Significant                                                               Insignificant

Cannot Lose Salvation                                        Can Lose Salvation

Ephesians 1:4-14 New International Version (NIV)

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he[c] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 11 In him we were also chosen,[d] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 2:1-10New International Version (NIV)

Made Alive in Christ

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time,gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Psalm 139:1-6  New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Psalm 139:1-6New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

 

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