Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation…”
Now that we understand the what – salvation – we need to understand the why.
As we learned last time, our salvation is only because of Jesus, for salvation belongs to the Lord (Ps. 3:8). Therefore, this helmet is His gift to us.
It protects our mind, the area of our anatomy where we think, learn, and reason. Our mind enables us to discern between truth and lies, fact and fiction.
Fact: If we have believed and received Jesus as Savior and Lord, we possess the gift of salvation.
However, because of our sin nature or flesh and the enemy, called the devil and Satan, our mind needs protection. God created us with an intellect, but daily impure thoughts or bogus ideas invade. These can be thoughts about our origin, purpose or eternal destiny. They may sound good, but some are completely contrary to God’s truth.
Here is a case in point: The deceptive Scientology Super Bowl commercial. Did you see it? Did it make you think? Did Tom Cruise and other celebrities involved in Scientology lend credibility to this so-called religion? What the commercial didn’t tell you is Scientology’s basic tenet: We are all gods, we just don’t remember. Therefore, we must concentrate on thinking and doing what seems right to us. Ron L. Hubbard, Scientology’s creator, just repackaged Satan’s original lie for 2013. God’s truth is “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25)
Understanding salvation, the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, protects our mind from such lies. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. When the Holy Spirit places this helmet of salvation on our head, assurance and confidence come. This is because we know there is salvation in none other. There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved, not Buddha, Mohammed, Ron L. Hubbard, or even yourself, because all mentioned are sinful humans.
Only Jesus, God incarnate, is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.