Standing Firm – A Study of the Armor of God – Helmet of Salvation
The saving work of Christ should give us great confidence as we fight to stand firm in the spiritual war we face.
Through this series, we are being briefed on the enemy, the objective, and the battle plan and then we are being sent into the war.
Belt of truth: living a scripture saturated life
Breastplate of righteousness: Christ’s imputed righteousness cultivates righteousness in us
Gospel of Peace: promotes peace in us Shield of Faith:
BIG IDEA (for the entire series): Standing firm in our faith demands suiting up in the strength of our God
BIG IDEA: Standing firm demands to live a Scripture-saturated life
BIG IDEA: Only the Gospel Secures our Standing in the Spiritual Fight
BIG IDEA: Faith in Jesus protects us when the fight is most fierce
- Fighting cocky always has consequences..
- What we read in the Bible should give us confidence but not make us cocky.
- Our past sin should not bring condemnation.
- We should be confident that our eternity is secure in Christ.
- Cocky Christians forget that our enemy is strong, that the Christian is strong enough on his own.
- We should be confident but not cocky.
Why should Christ’s saving work in the past drive such deep confidence in our present circumstances and our future?
- If we don’t protect our minds, our lives are guaranteed to be an absolute mess.
- We often fail to do what God’s word says and take every thought captive.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness. And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Take up the helmet which is Salvation
- The context in this passage is referring to the here and now
Three Ways that salvation helps us in the Fight:
1) God’s Everlasting Love:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (verse 31)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (verse 32)
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (verse 33
The Just Live by Faith: This is the theme for the letter to the Romans
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (verse 16)
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (verse 17)
If God is for us, who is against us?
- If God is so far superior to anyone else, who can stand against us?
- His character is so good and His capability is so great that there is no one who can come against Him.
- A Christian is fighting not for but from victory because victory is certain.
- Imagine you are in a heavenly courtroom and the enemy is bringing charge after charge against you and each charge is true, but in response to each charge, God drops the gavel and declares him to be not guilty.
- Furthermore, God contradicts the enemy by claiming that the Christian is righteous because he has the imputed righteousness of Christ.
2) We Are Saved From Any Charge of Sin:
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
- Jesus died for us and He was raised for us and He now stands at the right hand of God to intercede for us.
- He is our High Priest and the only one we need.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
3) We are saved from being separated from Christ’s love:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For Your sake, we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come. Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
- Nothing in all of creation can separate us, not even death.
There is no promise that we will not have suffering, but that our suffering will not separate us from His love
- God’s love is sure and so is suffering in the life of a Christian.
- He will not remove suffering but will sustain you through it.
- Even when a Christian is killed, they remained the conqueror, not the conquered
Paul makes a list of potential things that we might wonder about possibly separating us from Gods love
- “Nor anything else in all creation” is like a junk drawer that contains everything.
- Like Paul, can you say you are convinced that you cannot be separated from His love?
BIG IDEA: Christ has saved us, so nothing can stand against us
- Do you believe that?
- Are you convinced of that?
- That there is no sin in your past, present, or future that you condemn you?
I pray that this study has encouraged you in the truth of Gods written perfect word.
Take time to study make notes and alone time in Prayer with you and God.